Friday, Jul 26, 2024 8:00p -

The New School of Music
25 Lowell St
Cambridge, MA 02138

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The World Saxophone Quartet, ROVA Saxophone 4tet, Your Neighborhood Saxophone Qrt,  Odean Pope’s Saxophone Choir, others near or far away…

NOW (and It’s been since 6-18-18!)

The Colossal (9 Saxophone) Saxophone Support Group (Jazz Band), lead by Boston’s Charlie Kohlhase.

Charlie Kohlhase: alto & baritone saxophones

Temidayo Balogun: tenor saxophone

Allan Chase: soprano, alto & baritone saxophones

Neil Leonard: alto saxophone & bass clarinet

Seth Meicht: tenor saxophone

Kathy Olson: baritone saxophone

Brian Price: tenor saxophone & clarinet

Jason Robinson: soprano & tenor saxophones

Jared Sims: tenor & baritone saxophones & flute


Music by Kohlhase, Julius Hemphill, Steve Lacy and John Tchicai.


“Kohlhase’s own themes are as action-packed as a comic book and as spontaneous in feel as graffiti.”(Nate Dorward, Squid’s Ear) ...

“Kohlhase's hallmark is an active imagination and a scrupulous attention to detail; his tunes are exceedingly well-crafted and the band brings them to life with fire and conviction.” - Chris Kelsey, All Music Guide 

“As a mainstay in Boston’s jazz scene, saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase has helped cultivate the city as one of America’s most fertile hotbeds for creative music.” (John Murph, Jazz Times Magazine)

"Charlie Kohlhase's music is post-modern, free yet not inchoate, merging the harmonic sophistication of bebop with more asymmetrical approaches to form." --Bob Blumenthal.

Alto, tenor and baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase has been a mainstay of Boston’s jazz scene for over twenty years, and, internationally recognized!. Whether leading his two newest bands, performing in a dozen others or writing over 50 compositions, his music spans a broad range of styles with an emphasis on the contemporary and the improvised.

Note re: Charlie K.  Charlie has also been active in Jazz radio for many years as an Important Free Jazz source and currently hosts “Research and Development," a program devoted to modern jazz heard on WMBR, 88.1FM in Cambridge, Massachusetts and on the web. Every Monday, 2-4PM!

In Cambridge and Boston and all of New England and beyond, Charlie Kohlhase, is that Jazz iconic figure: a seasoned leader, composer, multi-saxophonist, educator, and radio host (WMBR-FM)—a world class musician and traveler—with endless ideas and music about and arrangements of modern Jazz’s history; AND, an extensive repertoire of his own compositions, often incorporating the mainstream with the free-form into a seamless journey; not to mention the gifted young and other seasoned musicians he has associated himself for more than 30 years including this evening.

Born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (11/28/56), Charlie began playing saxophones at 18. After private studies with Stan Strickland and Roswell Rudd , he moved to Boston in 1980.

In 1989, he formed the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet , an ongoing project that has performed locally and nationally for a decade and half. Their long-awaited live 2-CD set, “Play Free Or Die,” has been released on the Boxholder label to critical acclaim. Kohlhase also leads the CK5, a second quintet that recently released its live debut, “CK5 Live!” Charlie's Most notable band, Explorer's Club and the Saxophone Support Group , are charting new territory. Explorer's Club , another quintet for Kohlhase, builds upon his long relationship with New England saxophonist Matt Langley. SSG is an ever-changing quartet to a nonet of local sax luminaries.

In addition, he co-led groups with the great Danish/Congolese saxophonist John Tchicai for New England tours in 1997, 1998 and 2003. Charlie was also a member of Either/Orchestra from 1987 to 2001, playing throughout North America, Europe and Russia. His recordings with Tchicai and Roswell Rudd have received critical acclaim.

Charlie was an artist-in-residence at Harvard in 2003 with Dave Douglas and Roswell Rudd. That same year, he recorded with Anthony Braxton's Genome Project and worked with violinist/composer Leroy Jenkins at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Charlie has also recently been touring in a trio with John Tchicai and Garrison Fewell . 

Charlie also teaches at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts and offers private lessons.



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