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2022.6.19 Andrew Rathbun Foundational Focus

Andrew Rathbun


June 19, 2022

Event Type

Foundational Focus

Andrew Rathbun

Event Type Description

Foundational Focuses feature a Presenting Artist exploring fundamental aspects of jazz composition and arranging using examples from the jazz canon as well as their own writing.


5 Note Voicings. See works presented slide below.

About the Presenting Artists(s)

Saxophonist, composer, and Toronto native Andrew Rathbun has achieved a rare depth of lyricism and compositional intelligence in 20 years as a recording artist. Voted as a “Rising Star” in the 2018 and 2022 Downbeat Critics Polls, he has documented his stirring original music with a series acclaimed recordings, on the Challenge, Fresh Sound and Steeplechase labels, and has collaborated with musicians like Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, Ben Monder, Bill Stewart and Luciana Souza . “Rathbun’s lines dance and glide,” writes David Whiteis of JazzTimes, “reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry.”

After hearing 2014’s Numbers & Letters the New Yorker declared Rathbun “a crafty saxophonist and composer whose ambitious work over the past decade has eluded the wider recognition it deserves.” Atwood Suites, Rathbun’s JUNO-nominated jazz-orchestra project was summarized in Jazziz Magazine; “On the basis of this CD alone, Rathbun deserves to be ranked among today’s top arranger- composers.” 
His latest recordings include “Semantics” which finds Rathbun with tenor sax great Rich Perry, and jazz percussion icon Billy Drummond. His music has been performed by the Capitol Quartet, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Brussles Jazz Orchestra, the David Liebman Big Band, and the Metropole Okest.

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