A Beautiful Vision
Matt Slocum and his quartet present ‘Black Elk’s Dream’ at Boston Court
By John Sollenberger 07/24/2014
Matt Slocum is hailed as one of the top young jazz drummers and composers of the day. Saturday night, catch a performance of his critically acclaimed new work, “Black Elk’s Dream,” at Boston Court.
The Minnesota native was raised in Wisconsin and started playing percussion at age 11. He was smitten with jazz while in high school via recordings of greats including Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones and went on to study music at USC, graduating in 2004. After relocating to New York in 2007, the young phenom hit the ground running, releasing his first disc, “Portraits,” in early 2010 to rave reviews.
Saturday’s show features Slocum and his top-flight quartet performing music from “Black Elk’s Dream.” The adventurous piece was inspired by the spiritual beauty of the Lakota leader’s great vision, which contrasted with the darkly challenging struggles of his people. Released in April, the album has generated positive critical buzz nationwide.
Slocum’s busy schedule has taken him to top venues, including Lincoln Center and major jazz festivals throughout the United States and Europe.
Visit him at mattslocumjazz.com.
Music starts at 8 p.m. at Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $25 general, $20 for seniors. Call (626) 683-6883 or visit bostoncourt.com.