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Concert is the second performance in this year’s Jazz Masters series

The Overtone Quartet, featuring jazz musicians Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Jason Moran, and Eric Harland, will perform 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Williams Center for the Arts. This will be the second performance in this year’s Jazz Masters series.

Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $4 for faculty and staff, and $22 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.

Other performances in Jazz Masters will be Paquito D’Rivera, Feb. 13, $20, and Anat Cohen, March, $18.

In the world of jazz, bassist Dave Holland has few equals as composer and bandleader, gathering extraordinary players and entrusting them with space to create. With the Overtone Quartet, an “ensemble of equals,” he steps back from his role as leader to join three collaborators of comparable artistic bent–longtime bandmate saxophonist Potter, heralded young pianist Moran, and drummer Harland–for what promises to be a great performance. The Boston Globe praised their Newport Jazz Festival performance: “More than the range of influences these four can tap, which is immense, it’s the in-the-moment interplay and improvisation that comes close to state-of-the-art.” NPR praised “this supergroup’s [skill] with angular, thoroughly modern originals.”

This performance is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, is the media partner for this concert.

The 2009-2010 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Dexter and Dorothy Baker Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its extraordinary support.

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