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Alex Harding and the Organ Nation with Jim Alfredson

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Sunday, April 28th at 3 p.m. please join the Adventure Music team for our finale concert of the 2018-19 season as we welcome Detroit born baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Alex Harding and his Organ Nation to LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. With Jim Alfredson on B-3 organ and Djallo Djakate on drums, Alex Harding and Organ Nation is the first organ concert presented in The Underground Concert Series.

 

According to Sunnyside Records, “Harding got to into music early as a child in Detroit. His ever supportive parents allowed him a drum kit, drumming becoming a passion that he pursued until he heard saxophone great Grover Washington, Jr., which led him to switch to tenor sax. In a twist of fate, Northwestern High School band director Ernest Rogers assigned Harding to the baritone sax chair when James Carter joined the band. It took a little time for Harding to grow attached to the horn and he continued his study with Motown baritone saxophone player, Beans Bows.

 

“Having moved to New York City in 1993, Harding became a regular on the local jazz scene, including stints in ensembles with this heroes Hamiet Bluiett and Julius Hemphill.”

 

In the 2018 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, Alexander Harding was given the “Rising Star” award in the Baritone Saxophone category. For more on Alex Harding, please see http://www.alexharding.net/html/about.php .

 

Our previously scheduled guest, J.D. Allen, is not be available for this concert.

 

For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see www.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible.

 

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