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Firehouse 12 Presents Wadada Leo Smith's Organic Resonance
Ticket Price: $15 opening set; $10 second set
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Wadada Leo Smith's Organic Resonance

On Friday, April 17th, veteran trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith will perform with his newest ensemble, Organic Resonance, as part of Firehouse 12's ongoing 2009 Spring Jazz Series.  Formed in early 2008, the band's current line-up features guitarists Brandon Ross and Michael Gregory, cellist Okkyung Lee, bassists Skuli Sverisson and John Lindberg and drummer Pheeroan akLaff.  Guitarist Lamar Smith will join the group as a special guest for this two-set performance, which serves as a warm-up for its debut recording session the following day. 

"Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith remains as ambitious and creative as ever," wrote the All Music Guide's Thom Jurek in his review of Smith's latest release, May 2008's Tabligh (Cuneiform Records).  "Smith, in his 60s, is not only as inventive and adventurous as he was when he was a younger player, but his creativity and ability to direct a band into new territory is actually farther reaching than ever before.  This is brilliant work."'s Troy Collins adds, "A powerful document, Tabligh is a welcome reminder of Smith's continued importance in the continuum of creative improvised music."


Smith's long and storied career as an acclaimed musician, award-winning composer and revered educator spans the past 40 years.  An integral part of New Haven's creative music scene in the mid-1970's, the longtime member of the legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) has appeared on more than 70 recordings, including 30 as a leader.  His eclectic résumé includes collaborations with a long list of notable jazz figures, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell and Cecil Taylor.  He is currently a professor of music at the California Institute of the Arts, where he directs the MFA program in African American Improvisation.  Learn more at


2009 Spring Jazz Series schedule:


03/20: Julian Lage Group

03/27: Jimmy Greene Quartet

04/03: Pete Robbins/Mario Pavone/Tyshawn Sorey

04/10: George Colligan Trio

04/17: Wadada Leo Smith's Organic Resonance

04/24: Noah Preminger Quartet

05/01: Michaël Attias Quintet

05/08: Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits

05/15: James Carney Group

05/22: Michael Musillami Trio + 3

05/29: Ben Allison & Man Size Safe

06/05: Carl Maguire's Floriculture

06/12: Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher


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