Trumpet and flugelhorn legend Randy Brecker blows into town for a one-performance gig at Holland Performing Arts Center’s 1200 Club. His baggage could be light for such a short stay, but he carries a lot of weight including six Grammy Awards, one of them last year with a symphony orchestra. What he plays on them and how he plays on them covers a lot of ground: straight-ahead jazz, Brazilian underpinnings, and funky contemporary stuff. Take your choice. No surprise, huh? Dig his background, standing side by side with Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Spyro Gyra, Stevie Wonder, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, Todd Rundgren and a heck of lot of other artists across a wide and colorful spectrum.  

Brecker brings a major jazz pianist with him, Tanner Taylor. Credits? How about these? Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Lew Tabackin, David “Fathead” Newman, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon and Omaha’s own Steve Turre.

The rest of the quartet:  New York drummer Chris Smith, sometime member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Twin Cities- based bassist Graydon Peterson.

Given the size of this combo, expect exposed intensity and, most likely, up close and personal tenderness across quite a range of possibilities.

“As a soloist the lines have lost none of their grace and intelligence and the signature harmonic and melodic intelligence of his compositions never ceases to intrigue and amaze, ” wrote Jazz Journal’s Mark Gilbert 14 months ago. Clearly Brecker is what’s happening now. Now’s the time to tune in.

Randy Brecker’s quartet plays Friday, February 27 at the 1200 Club, Scott Recital Hall, Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. 8 p.m. Tickets: $22-$30.

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