Jazz@TheFalcon | Jeff Lederer's Sunwatcher Quartet | Sun Aug 15


our globally respected, international jazz players come together
to revel in live performance again!

" Lederer is a wildly imaginative player of tenor and soprano sax and flute, ecstatic and full of warmth, a mix that is supported by far-reaching technical command of his instruments." - Jazz Journal UK

Jeff Lederer"Tain" Watts / Saxophone
Gary Versace / Keys
Chris Lightcap / Bass
Matt Wilson / Drums

Jeff Lederer / Saxophone

Jeff Lederer is a saxophonist/clarinetist whose unique musical language balances the values of ecstatic expression and swing. His playing has been described as "Slaying dragons" (NPR) and a "mix of Ben Webster and Albert Ayler" by the San Diego Reader. In addition to leading his own groups Jeff is a regular member of the Matt Wilson Quartet. Lederer's Latin-inspired interpretation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, "Los Sazones" was commissioned and premiered by the Chicago Symphony in 2003 and has been performed as well as by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was ecstatically welcomed by the Chicago Tribune as a unique contribution to the canon of jazz/classical fusion works.
Gary Verscace / Keys

Jazz pianist, organist, and accordionist Gary Versace is one of the busiest musicians on the international jazz scene, often featured in bands led by names such as John Scofield, Maria Schneider, John Abercrombie, Al Foster, Regina Carter, Ellery Eskelin, Ray Anderson, Kurt Elling, Madeleine Peyroux, Matt Wilson, Brad Shepik, Ingrid Jensen and many others. Versace continues to appear annually in the Downbeat's Critics and Reader's Polls, and won the Jazz Journalists' Association's 'Best Instrumentalist –Instruments Rare In Jazz (accordion) award in 2018 and their 'Organist of the Year' award in 2012.
Chris Lightcap / Bass

Chris Lightcap is an accomplished bassist and composer with a wide-ranging performing and recording career. He has worked with Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Craig Taborn, Glen Hansard, Mark Turner, John Medeski, Jason Moran, The Kronos Quartet, Tomasz Stanko, Chris Potter, Paul Motian, John Scofield, Dave Liebman, Paquito D'Rivera, Anthony Braxton, Joe Morris, Sheila Jordan, James Carter, Butch Morris, Ben Monder, Mary Halvorson, and many other artists. His playing is featured on over 80 albums and as a bandleader/composer he has produced six critically acclaimed albums of original music.

Matt Wilson / Drums

"There are a few more emphatically dazzling drummers working today, but almost nobody in Wilson's peer group with a broader sense of jazz history, or a more natural sense of time, or a stronger signature as a bandleader, or more goodwill among his fellow players." Nate Chinen, JazzTimes. Few musicians embody the spontaneous energy of jazz like Matt Wilson. The New York-based drummer combines buoyant zeal, idiosyncratic style, infectious humor, joyous swing and an indomitable spirit of surprise. Together, with his universally recognized personal warmth, these qualities have made Wilson one of the most in-demand players and educators on the modern jazz scene, both beloved and respected. Not bad for a mischievous Midwestern boy from Knoxville, Illinois.

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