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Pioneering alto saxophonist Oliver Lake’s celebrated jazz ensemble “Trio Three,” featuring Reggie Workman on bass and drummer Pheeroan akLaff, will perform the third and final concert in Lafayette’s “JazzTrio’99” series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the Williams Center for the Arts. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 610-330-5009.

Lake is a revered jazz saxophonist, both as ensemble leader and as soloist with many touring bands. He was a long-time ensemble member of the World Saxophone Quartet. In addition to performing, Lake wears many musical hats including that of arranger and composer. A Guggenheim fellow in composition, he has created works for the Uptown String Quartet, the Arditti Quartet, and jazz greats like Regina Carter and Betty Carter. He has also composed music for big band, most recently with the large-scale commissioned project in Montclair, N.J., entitled “Broken in Parts.”

Bassist Reggie Workman contributes lyricism, drive, and rhythmic originality to the combo. Possessing a splendid sense of harmonic flair, a rock-solid pulse, and a supple grasp of melody, timbre, and musical textures, Workman has shared the stage with John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, and Miles Davis.

akLaff a frequent collaborator with Andrew Hill, Henry Threadgill, Sam Rivers, and Anthony Braxton, was the featured drummer and percussionist in the New York City Opera presentation of Anthony Davis’s opera, X, based on the life of Malcolm X. akLaff has made frequent forays into world music, through periods of study in Ivory Coast and other countries in Africa and the Middle East. These world music interests are heard in his most recent recording, Global Mantras. He teaches at Wesleyan University, where

Anthony Braxton heads the jazz/world music program.

The concert is made possible in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts, and the Lila Wallace Jazz Fund.

For more information, contact the Williams Center box office at 610-330-5009.

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