Steven Lugerner — Alto Saxophone
JJ Kirkpatrick — Trumpet
Richard Sears — Piano
Garret Lang — Bass
Michael Mitchell — Drums
San Francisco saxophonist Steven Lugerner continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with JACKNIFE, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. Exploring tunes from McLean's seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums Jacknife, It's Time, Let Freedom Ring, and New Soil, JACKNIFE brings together a formidable cast of rising talent, including trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick, pianist Richard Sears, bassist Garret and drummer Michael Mitchell.
Collectively, the members of JACKNIFE have toured internationally and collaborated between the New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco jazz scenes. Members of the group have accompanied entertainers such as Louis CK and Beyonce, in addition to working with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters, including drum legend Albert “Tootie” Heath, pianist Fred Hersch, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, saxophonists Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenón and drummer Matt Wilson.
“JACKNIFE proves to be a sharp, cutting-edge band, even with a repertoire over 50 years old. Lugerner, especially, channels the creative heat and searing, tart tone of the young Jackie McLean” — George Kanzler (NYC Jazz Record, March 2016 Issue)