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Brian Settles



Biography

Saxophonist and composer Brian Settles has established himself as a rising force with a long-term artistic vision, blending the outwardly engaging with the deeply personal, reconciling his intimate command of the jazz lineage with a commitment to his own experimental voice. Settles’ two albums as a leader feature entirely original music, highlighting his buoyant, pithy compositions: Secret Handshake (Engine, 2011) featured the five-piece Central Union, and was named the best jazz record of the year by both the Washington City Paper and CapitalBop.com. Settles followed up with Folk (Engine, 2013), a trio album acclaimed by Something Else Reviews and the NYC Jazz Record. In 2015 he was listed as a rising star on tenor saxophone in Downbeat magazine’s critics poll, and he earned an artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. All the while he’s worked with young musicians as a teacher and mentor at the Washington Jazz Arts Institute (WJAI), where he has served since 2002.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/2/2018: Honors Week Tribute: Philip Glass and Wayne Shorter

Brad Linde’s tribute to Philip Glass includes performances of the composer’s works for saxophone, as well as re-imaginings of his compositions and style. Saxophonist and composer Brian Settles has established himself as a rising force with a long-term artistic vision, blending the outwardly engaging with the deeply personal, reconciling his intimate command of the jazz lineage with a commitment to his own experimental voice in tribute to Wayne Shorter.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Brian Settles