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Teenage Sax

To call young stud tenor saxophonist Paul-Eirik Melhus the next John Coltrane or even in the vein of a contemporary jazz cat like Chris Speed would be premature and just plain stupid. But we do gotta say that this 16-year-old dude is one of the best players in town, regardless of age and whether it’s playing his ass off to standards or holding his own with Valley mainstay Shea Marshall in the duo’s own version of Tenor Madness. But anyway. Enough of this talk. It’s ’bout time to go listen to the burning music of Melhus and his quartet.
Wed., July 9, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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