"This hard-working young post-bopper, originally from Kansas City, Mo., has a warm, full sound on alto saxophone and a taste for music that makes warmth and fullness feel inevitable. " Nate Chinen - New York Times
"Logan Richardson’s saxophone playing is incisive, multi-dimensional and remarkably flexible, wrapping and twisting phrases into unexpected origami shapes." - Jazz Times
Kansas City, Missouri: A deep vein in the river of improvisational music runs up from the gulf and breeds a style that keeps close to the blues. It is here that Logan Richardson grew up, saxophone in hand as he hung out in the historic 18th and Vine district. Here the greats performed, respecting the legacy and pushing the art forward: Max Roach, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Heath, Richard Davis, Shirley Scott, and many more. They paid homage to the past legends - Jay Mc Shann, Claude `Fiddler` Williams, Ahmad Alaadeen, Sonny Kenner, Eddie Saunders, and more as they mentored the young players on the scene.
By the age of 16 Logan had become skilled in both classical and improvised music, with opportunies coming from The Kansas City Symphony and performing with Jimmy Heath. At 19 Logan hit the Berklee campus and his horizons began to expand. His new community noticed his style was distinctly Kansas City, while he noticed that everyone had a style that began with their home spot. Philly, New York, New Orleans, each was unique just as verbal language and accents can reveal your roots. At 21 Logan continued on the path, recloating to manhattan to attend The New School. Work came quickly, with recording dates and touring gigs with Nasheet Waits, Stefan Harris, Greg Tardy, Joe Chambers, Billy Hart, Jason Moran, Butch Morris, NEXT Collective, Michelle Rosewoman, Gerald Clayton, World Saxophone Quartet and more. All while developing his own band, and recording his debut and sophomore albums.
In 2011 Logan pushed forward yet again, relocating to Europe – first Galicia, then Rome, then Paris and back to Rome. His third album reflected on these changes – SHIFT was released to worldwide acclaim in 2015. With Blues People he now is taking in the world experience, the LIFE experience, and the current state of humanity on the planet earth.
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June 18 2018 we had the great pleasure of receiving a clinic from The Vincent Herring Quartet with Carl Allen, David Kikoski and Yasushi Nakamura. Around 30 students and community members were able to receive advice from the Quartet at Holy Names Music Center. The clinic was made possible in part by Yamaha.
The show was well attended, with around 90 attendants at The House of Soul. The quartet with Carl Allen, Yasushi Nakamura and David Kikoski played 2 sets to a very appreciative audience.
We were so pleased with the first ever Imagine Jazz Festival!
Local Bands performed at House of Soul Thurs-Sun and we finished out the festival with a performance by The WIllie Jones III Quintet. We rented a grand piano - so Spokane could experience a real dinner-club atomosphere. The Willie Jones III quintet was off the hook - bringing a great mix of intensity, and soul and brought the New York Vibe to Spokane. It was the such a treat for Spokane listeners at The House of Soul who varied from College students to local professional musicians and other jazz loving community members.
We had 3 fantastic clinics for this years fesstival - giving the local studnets many opportunities to work with the guest artitsts - The Willie Jones III Quintet.
The Tuesday night clinic featured small group combos from WSU, EWU, Whitworth and SAJE who performed and received feedback by the artists. It was a treat for the students to be able to watch each other perform, and for all the students to be able to hear the various comments. In the middle of the clinic, the students were able to watch a small performance by members of the Willie Jones III Quintet - allowing them to hear the model.
There were 2 clinics on Wednesday - one at Mead High School where Jeremy Pelt worked with some students on soloing, and a clinic in the afternoon at The House of Soul where Ralph Moore, Gerald Cannon and Willie Jones III worked in trio format performing for students of SAJE and answering various questions.
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