Burnt Sugar debuts at SFJAZZ with 8 shows in 4 nights.

Burnt Sugar performs the music of Max Roach, Prince, Steely Dan, and David Bowie

The Burnt Sugar Arkestra is thrilled to announce our SFJAZZ debut with a four night residency in which we bring our mix of euphoric funk, space jazz, power-packed rock, sweet soul and avant-garde experimentation to the music of Max Roach, Prince, Steely Dan, and David Bowie.

July 11 – 14, 2019
Joe Henderson Lab @ SFJAZZ Center
201 Franklin Street
San Fransisco, CA 94102

Thursday, July 11 2019:
Max Roach’s We Insist Freedom Now Suite

The band puts a freewheeling spin on music from Roach’s iconic 1960 album, honoring the legacy of the drummer, lyricist Oscar Brown and vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
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Friday, July 12 2019:
The Prince Songbook

The music of the late pop genius is re-imagined, taking full advantage of the band’s expansive instrumentation and deep improvisational approach.
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Friday, July 13 2019:
The Steely Dan Songbook

The timeless, finely crafted pop of Donald Fagan and Walter Becker is the focus, turning their gem-like compositions into open-ended canvasses for experimentation.
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Friday, July 14 2019:
The David Bowie Songbook

The boundless vision of late pop icon is taken to new dimensions, very much in keeping with Bowie’s groundbreaking approach and constantly changing persona.
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Greg Tate conduction, laptop, & electric guitar
Shelley Nicole vocals, percussion, & conduction
Mikel Banks vocals, harmonica, & conduction
Julie Brown vocals
V. Jeffrey Smith alto, tenor saxophones, & electronics
Aaron Johnson trombone
Ben Tyree electric guitar
André Lassalle electric guitar
Leon Gruenbaum keyboards & samchillian
James “Biscuit” Rouse trap drums & electronics
Jared Michael Nickerson electric bass