Nu-Art Series has announced two fall concerts to be presented under the theme "The Tenor Madness Project," that, fittingly, will feature two of St. Louis top veteran tenor saxophonists.
Willie Akins (pictured) will get it started at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 13, followed by fellow tenor man Freddie Washington at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17.
Both Akins and Washington have been widely admired mainstays of the local jazz scene since the 1960s, though Washington took a hiatus during the 2000s for business and personal reasons. Both could be said to have a post-bop sensibility, influenced notably by John Coltrane, but each brings his own set of distinctive touches to even the most familiar material.
The Nu-Art Series "Tenor Madness" concerts will take place at the Metropolitan Gallery, 2936 Locust downtown. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students at the door.