Monday To-Do: Warren Chiasson | Rock Candy

Monday To-Do: Warren Chiasson



8 p.m., the Afterthought. $10.

International jazz vibraphonist Warren Chiasson recalls hosting weekly jam sessions in the 1960s: “While playing a blazing fast tempo and being totally immersed, my mind became completely detached from my body and I was overhead looking down from another plane at my hands. Quite an experience.” Perhaps it was this particular evening his distinctive “four-mallet technique” was born. Named “one of the six top vibraphonists of the last half century” by the New York Times, this dude has collaborated with some of Coltrane's boys, Cuban phenom Tito Puente and legendary bassist Charlie Haden and had the honor of performing a “Meat Cleaver Concerto” for dignitaries at a Chinese New Year celebration. Commissioned to write a concerto with vibes, marimba and meat cleaver, his conductor used cues from the Chinese chef who hammered away with traditional Asian rhythms. The Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation players are sure to be eager to jam with this esteemed Nova Scotian.

—Paul Peterson

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