The Native Jazz Quartet, led by Sitka’s Ed Littlefield, will launch its second tour in the Pacific Northwest this spring. The tour, which includes a stop in Juneau April 8, celebrates the quartet’s first CD release as a group, “NJQ: Stories.”
In addition to Littlefield, the quartet features Christian Fabian on bass, Jason Marsalis on vibraphone, and Reuel Lubag on piano. All four band members have created new music for the new album, and each of them represents a different culture: LIttlefield is Tlingit, Lubag is Filipino, Marsalis is African American and steeped in traditions of New Orleans, and Fabian is Swedish and German.
The vision of the quartet is to integrate native/folk melodies with traditional jazz to produce brand new works. This past summer, Fabian and LIttlefield led a Native Jazz teaching workshop at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and have planned another session this summer, scheduled for July 15-20.
In addition to their Juneau performance at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center April 8, the band will stop in Portland, Ore. (April 3), Seattle, Wash. (April 5), Ketchikan (April 7), Anchorage (April 9), and Fairbanks (April 10-12), among other locations. They will also perform in Sitka in June as part of the Native Jazz Workshop.
For more information about the Native Jazz Quartet visit www.nativejazzquartet.com.