2-6-12: Michael Formanek
On Sunday, Bernard Lyons’s Creative Differences is bringing alto saxophonist Darius Jones to Baltimore’s Windup Space as part of its Second Sunday jazz series. As is often the case with Creative Differences’ productions, some of Baltimore’s best jazz players will join him.
Among them is bassist and composer Michael Formanek. He is the director of the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, and in 2010, he released an album called The Rub and Spare Change on the prestigious ECM label. It’s his sixth record as a leader, and he’s been a co-leader and sideman on dozens of records, playing with everyone from cool jazz pioneer Lee Konitz to the Mingus Big Band to Elvis Costello. He’s currently at work on his second ECM record, and today he talks to Tom about his career, and about the evolution of Baltimore’s jazz scene. Michael Formanek will play with Darius Jones Sunday at the Windup Space in Baltimore, as part of Creative Differences’ Second Sunday jazz series. John Dierker, Eric Kennedy, and Lafayette Gilchrist will perform, as well. It starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12 at the door.
On Friday, February 17, The Peabody Jazz Orchestra will present “The Music of Michael Formanek.” It’s at 7:30 p.m. in the East Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, and there are various discounts. Call 410-234-4800 or go to the Peabody website for tickets.