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Jazz at Atlas Presents: Darius Jones' Shades of Black

“The most visceral and distinctive alto saxophonist of this era.” — Giovanni Russonello, New York Times

Jazz at Atlas is proud to present as part of its 2019 live concert series the acclaimed alto saxophonist and composer Darius Jones and his outstanding quartet Shades of Black. Winner of the Rising Star-Alto Saxophone award for this year's 67th Annual DownBeat International Critics Poll, Jones is joined in this ensemble by Sam Newsome on soprano saxophone, Cooper-Moore on organ and Michael Wimberly on drums.

Darius Jones' Shades of Black will perform on Saturday, July 27 at 8 PM at Atlas Studios, located at 11 Spring St. in Newburgh, NY. Ample onsite parking is available. Tickets will be $30 at the door and $25 in advance — advance tickets are on sale at

Darius Jones has written the following about his Shades of Black band:

"This ensemble will explore the partial or total absence of light, and the artistry within a dark spectrum. A lack of light can bring about feelings of uncertainty or fear of the unknown, causing some to perceive black or dark things as devoid of beauty and having a certain negative connotation. While these feelings exist, we as humans find darkness alluring and even flirt with its mysterious and sensuous qualities. Throughout history, artists of all mediums have created emotionally and visually dark works to evoke impressions of fear, evil, or madness. In the large black textured surface of Chiyu Uemae’s oil painting, ‘Untitled,’ I discovered how rich an environment absent of light could be. I found myself standing in front of the painting and asking, ‘What would this sound like?'"

Upcoming concerts as part of J@A's 2019 season include:

10/5: Karen Borca Quartet — The innovative, criminally under-recognized bassoonist, with decades of experience in the ensembles of such major artists as Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, William Parker and others, leads this thrilling quartet of veteran creative musicians including Warren Smith on vibes, Hilliard Greene on bass and Jackson Krall on drums.

11/2: James Emery — The noted modern jazz guitarist Emery closes out J@A's 2019 season with a chamber jazz trio featuring Rob DeBellis on alto saxophone, clarinet and flute and Drew Gress on bass.