Quamon Fowler Sextet

Jazzfest

April 23, 2004

BY JASON SONGE


Quamon Fowler turned out some thoughtful and earnest modern jazz at the Jazzfest Friday morning. His sextet opened up the jazz tent with a positive vibe. Fowler's tenor saxophone spat bright tones on top of his band's well-executed swing.

Fowler was very friendly to the audience, and he introduced every song. This was needed, as one piece concerning Jesus carried more weight after being introduced as such. Fowler played all original pieces. Fowler was backed by a saxophonist, pianist, bassist, drummer and conga player.

Fowler is a young man, and he approached the microphone with a humble innocence, but he still attacked the saxophone with fervor. His scathing solos drew much cheering, and he proved why he should be a bandleader.

Fowler sometimes comes to New Orleans as a Baton Rouge package deal with fellow up-and-comer trumpeter Maurice Brown. Fowler studied under Alvin Batiste, and he has played with Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, and others.

For some good, positive fun, check out Quamon Fowler.


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