A 2006 Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award Winner, saxophonist Oliver Lake brings his quintet for an evening of "hearty, hard-cooking stuff, the kind that makes your feet tap and your fingers snap" (Newark Star-Ledger).
Modern-day Renaissance man Oliver Lake is well-known for his fusion of diverse music styles, including free jazz, pop, Dixieland, rhythm and blues, and many more. The New York Times calls him "an alto saxophonist with a robust and piercing sound." His eclectic approach can be found in his collaborations with such artists as Björk, Lou Reed, Ron Brown, and in the World Saxophone Quartet, which he co-founded. Lake makes his Kennedy Center debut with his organ quintet, featuring the Hammond B-3, drums, trumpet, and DJ.