NBC News reporter Alex Presha explores saxophonist David S. Ware‘s bout with kidney disease, his connection with kidney donor Laura Mehr and his triumphant return to performing in this Web-only news story on the NBC Nightly News Web site.
On Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m., AUM Fidelity will present a label showcase at New York’s Abrons Arts Center featuring notable performances by three of its artists on one bill. The event will celebrate the release of alto saxophonist Darius Jones‘ debut recording as a bandleader, eminent saxophonist David S. Ware‘s triumphant return to performing after a highly publicized kidney transplant in May, and the first performance of bassist William Parker‘s acclaimed Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra in more than four years.
Jones, the label’s most recent signing, will be performing in support of his October 13th release, Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM057). Ware, who unveiled his latest all-star quartet on January’s Shakti (AUM052), before being temporarily sidelined by an urgent and successful search for a kidney donor, will mark his 50th anniversary playing saxophone with a special solo performance. Parker’s Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, last heard in New York at Vision Festival X in 2005, will present the world premiere of a new composition, “Subsequent Illumination Inscriptions/Light Cottage”, dedicated to George Russell.
AUM Fidelity has documented artists working at the vanguard of the jazz and improvised music scene in New York and beyond since 1997. Guided by its founder, producer and designer Steven Joerg, the label has built a highly regarded catalog of nearly 50 releases, presenting premier works by Rob Brown, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Whit Dickey, Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, Mat Maneri, Joe Morris, Roy Nathanson, William Parker and David S. Ware, as well as such all-star groups as In Order To Survive, The Nommonsemble, Other Dimensions in Music, Test and Triptych Myth. It is also a partner in the CaseQuarter label, which is devoted to sacred and spiritual music of the southern U.S. Learn more at http://www.aumfidelity.com
The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Tickets are available for $20 in advance at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/679665 and for $25 at the door. Advance tickets may also be purchased by phone through Theatermania at (212) 352-3101. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Great news on David S. Ware’s search for a kidney donor!
Good news from Steven Joerg this morning on the search for a kidney donor:
Thank You All for your notes and your energy of support in response to the critical news. This page has been created to keep you up to date.
The beautiful news is that a number of potential donors have stepped forward; deepest blessings. The first is in the process of being screened toward potential transplant surgery.
Medicare policy (David’s principal insurance) is rather evidently that only one donor at a time may be screened. It is both David and this donor’s hope that all may move toward this transplant. The screening process takes time as has been made apparent.
David is in stable condition and continuing peritoneal dialysis at home. His spirits have been brightened in the past week and a half by all of your responsive energy, and we remain optimistic. When the time comes, we will send out a notice in response to the many inquiries we’ve had for donations toward further direct support.
AGAIN: To All who have extended their positive energy and prayers and love to David in response to the call, Thank You. To more good news soon!
Today is the official street date for eminent saxophonist/composer David S. Ware’s Shakti (AUM052) on AUM Fidelity.
This release, Ware’s fifth for the label and his first studio date since 2003, marks the recorded debut of a new working ensemble, his first since the disbanding of the long-lived and prolific David S. Ware Quartet (1989-2006).
Shakti presents a distinctive selection of Ware compositions written specifically for this group, which features guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith, as well as a new interpolation of “Antidromic” from 1997’s Wisdom of Uncertainty (AUM001).
Here’s a sample of the press response thus far:
“Those who enjoy the music of David S. Ware can easily relate to this excellent recording of his new music concept, backed by equally extraordinary players who perfectly understand his vision and purpose.”
—Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
“Ware projects total conviction in the central role, his improvisations towering and incandescent.”
—Andy Hamilton, The Wire
“Joined by erstwhile bassist William Parker, Ware finds accord in two new ensemble mates, iconic guitarist Joe Morris and legendary drummer Warren Smith. A refreshingly lyrical and emotionally committed performance by masterful improvisers, Shakti ebbs with soulful intensity and inspired interplay, making this one of the most compelling, yet accessible, recordings of Ware’s career.”
—Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com
As you likely know, the release of this recording, which was intended to kick-off a year of celebrating Ware’s 50th anniversary as a saxophone player, comes at a time of declining health and the news he is in immediate need of a kidney transplant.
Thanks to all who have expressed their well wishes, especially those who have help spread the call for potential donors across cyberspace. I hope to have positive news to share in the coming days and weeks.