David Boykin

Aug 28
1:45 pm
Claudia Cassidy

As the name of his longstanding band suggests, saxophonist David Boykin thrives on wide-open spaces – and wide-open conceptual possibilities. While indebted to the intervallic leaps and floating time sense of Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians role models including Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, he has never been shy about giving voice to funk and hip-hop trends. And with the savvy support of two Expanse veterans, perennially underrated pianist James Baker and bassist Joshua Abrams, Boykin pushes toward the mainstream in ways that are as pleasurable as they are savvy.

At the festival, Boykin will lead a special 10-piece version of Expanse on “Solar Suite,” an original celebration of the sun in its various phases that concludes with a section dedicated to Sun Ra. The band also will include drummer Marcus Evans, guitarist Alex Wing, saxophonists Eliel Sherman Storey and Jayve Montgomery and trumpeter Dan Godston. Boykin, whose Outet recorded a piece called “Evidence of Life on Other Planets, Vol. 1 and 2,” is ideally suited to saluting the mysteries and wonders of Ra, who as his fans well know descended to earth from Saturn.


Nicole Mitchell flute
Josh Abrams bass
James Baker piano
Marcus Evans drums
Alex Wing guitar
Eliel Sherman Storey saxophone
Jayve Montgomery saxophone
Dan Godston trumpet
Shanta Nurullah bass
David Boykin saxophone


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