“When Sonny Gets BLU”: The Music of Sonny Rollins Northeast Ohio acoustic bassist extraordinaire, Aidan Plank, leads a colossal band in a very special program paying homage to legendary tenor saxophonist & recording artist, Sonny Rollins! Featuring Christopher Burge, Brad Wagner, Will Wedmedyk, Aidan Plank, Dan Fernandez.

Thursday, January 4

Bassist Aidan Plank returns to BLU with a very special program featuring the music of iconic saxophone master, Sonny Rollins.

A native of Oberlin, Ohio, bassist Aidan Plank enjoys performing a diverse range of music throughout Northern Ohio. He studied with bassist and composer David Morgan as well as with Kevin Switalski of the Cleveland Orchestra. Aidan is a graduate of Cleveland State University.
Aidan has performed with Dan Wall, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Joe Maneri, Janis Siegel, Frankie Avalon, Tierney Sutton, and many others. Aidan played baroque bass in the premier of Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l’Amour (composed in 1743) in 2002 at Oberlin College as well as in the world premier of Randall Woolf and Robin Stranahan’s ‘pop-up’ opera Frozen Community, produced by Real Time Opera in 2013. Along with enjoying playing in the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Aidan can currently be seen performing explorations of improvisation in duo with guitarist Daniel Lippel. Aidan teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Kent State University, as well as at Cuyahoga Community College’s “Jazz Prep Program”.
Don’t miss this very special show at BLU Jazz+, get your tickets now and celebrate “Newk’s” music with us live in concert! Featuring Christopher Burge, Brad Wagner, Will Wedmedyk, Aidan Plank, Dan Fernandez.

8:00 pm


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