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Charlie Kohlhase's Explorers Club

$10 Cover / Start 7:30pm / Doors 7pm


Performing the music of Graham Connah, Aaron Darrell, Eric Hofbauer, Elmo Hope, Charlie Kohlhase, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Josiah Reibstein and John Tchicai.

Alto, tenor and baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase has been a mainstay of Boston’s jazz scene for over twenty years.  Whether leading his two newest bands, performing in a dozen others or writing over 50 compositions, his music spans a broad range of styles with an emphasis on the contemporary and the improvised.

Born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (11/28/56), Charlie began playing saxophones at 18.  After private studies with Stan Strickland and Roswell Rudd , he moved to Boston in 1980.

In 1989, he formed the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet , an ongoing project that has performed locally and nationally for a decade and half. Their long-awaited live 2-CD set, “Play Free Or Die,” has been released on the Boxholder label to critical acclaim. Kohlhase also leads the CK5, a second quintet that recently released its live debut, “CK5 Live!” Charlie's two newest bands, Explorer's Club and Saxophone Support Group , are charting new territory. Explorer's Club , another quintet for Kohlhase, builds upon his long relationship with New England saxophonist Matt Langley. SSG is an ever-changing quartet to octet of local sax luminaries.

Charlie Kohlhase: alto, tenor & baritone saxophones

Seth Meicht: tenor saxophone

Daniel Rosenthal: trumpet & flugelhorn

Josiah Reibstein: tuba

Eric Hofbauer: guitar

Aaron Darrell: bass

Curt Newton: drums

Earlier Event: October 24
JD Eicher & Jesse Ruben
Later Event: October 25
Gill Aharon Trio