Joe Lovano and his band, Us Five Live - is performing live in an 88.5 KPLU Studio Session today at 12:15 p.m. KPLU's Abe Beeson hosts.
Lovano’s dynamic young band—which features drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and pianist James Weidman—has been captivating audiences around the world for several years now. Their debut recording—2009’s Folk Art—was a wide-ranging set of Lovano’s original compositions that resulted in Us Five being awarded Best Small Ensemble of the Year at the 2010 JJA Jazz Awards and winning the Best Jazz Group of the Year category in the 2010 DownBeat Critics Poll. Lovano completed a double-triple of awards by also winning the JJA’s Musician and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year, and DownBeat’s Jazz Artist and Tenor Saxophonist of the Year.
The band is performing through May 1st at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle.
Check back to KPLU.ORG in upcoming days for video of the performance.