Ronnie Cuber Band w/special quest Kenny Drew Jr.
modern, soul & Latin jazz
The raspy baritone sax has its lyrical side, too. Known for his warm sound, Ronnie Cuber can give you the best of both worlds. Operating mostly in 60’s modernism, Latin and soul jazz, he is able
also with soprano, flute and clarinet.
Born in NYC and still living there, Cuber started with tenor, but changed to baritone in the 50’s, in the Newport Youth Band. During the 60’s he was hired by Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson
and George Benson. In the 70’s Ronnie worked in Lee Konitz’s great nonet and with the ever-challenging Frank Zappa. He has been part of the Mingus Big Band since its beginning.
Cuber has played blues, soul, rock and pop with Dr. John, Paul Simon and B.B. King. For a long time now he has led his own groups and recorded several albums, like 2003’s Cubism.
The featured soloist in Cuber’s band is the second generation jazz pianist Kenny Drew, Jr, whose hard-swinging, bluesy style echoes his father as well as Oscar Peterson, though Kenny – who
started in funk bands – is more eclectic than either of them.