Tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove will celebrate the music and lives of late jazz legends John Coltrane and Miles Davis with a U.S. tour dubbed Directions in Music. The 28-city trek will kick off Sept. 19 in Santa Cruz, Calif., and is scheduled to wrap Oct. 29 in Naples, Fla.
While the work of Coltrane and Davis has influenced scores of jazz musicians, for Hancock the tour will be a partial homecoming, as he began his career as a sideman with Davis in the 1960s. His latest album is “Future2Future,” released on the Transparent Music label, in which Hancock is a partner.
As well as being versatile headliners in their own right, both Brecker and Hargrove have worked with a veritable who’s who of jazz musicians throughout their careers, including Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, McCoy Tyner, and Sonny Rollins. Last month Brecker released “Nearness of You: The Ballad Book.” The Verve set features turns by Hancock, Pat Metheny, and James Taylor. Hargrove’s latest is the 1999 collection of ballads, “Moment By Moment” (Verve).
The Directions in Music tour will find Brecker, Hancock, and Hargrove leading a quintet through the music of Davis and Coltrane. Rounding out the group will be John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade on drums.
Here are the Directions in Music tour dates:
Sept. 19: Santa Cruz, Calif. (Kuumbwa)
Sept. 20: Saratoga, Calif. (Villa Montalvo)
Sept. 21: Monterey, Calif. (Monterey Festival)
Sept. 26: Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee Theater)
Sept. 27: Memphis, Tenn. (Live at the Garden)
Sept. 28: St. Louis (Powell Symphony Hall)
Sept. 29: Greenvale, N.Y. (Tilles Center for Performing Arts)
Sept. 30: Baltimore (Meyerhoff Symphony Hall)
Oct. 2: University Park, Pa. (Penn State, Eisenhower Auditorium)
Oct. 3: Purchase, N.Y. (SUNY Purchase)
Oct. 4: Amherst, Mass. (UMASS Amherst / Fine Arts Center)
Oct. 5-6: Storrs, Conn. (Jorgensen Auditorium)
Oct. 7: Boston (Symphony Hall)
Oct. 11: Los Angeles (USC / Bovard Auditorium)
Oct. 12: El Cajon, Calif. (East County Performing Arts Center)
Oct. 13: Tucson, Ariz. (University of Arizona / Centennial Hall)
Oct. 14: Cerritos, Calif. (Cerritos Center for Performing Arts)
Oct. 16: Berkeley, Calif. (UC Berkeley / Zellerbach Auditorium)
Oct. 19: Newark, N.J. (N.J. Performing Arts Center)
Oct. 20: Bethlehem, Pa. (Lehigh University / Zoellner Arts Center)
Oct. 21: Washington, D.C. (Warner Theater)
Oct. 22: Princeton, N.J. (McCarter Theater)
Oct. 24: Detroit (Orchestra Hall)
Oct. 25: Toronto (Massey Hall)
Oct. 26: Chicago (Orchestra Hall)
Oct. 27: Indianapolis (Butler University / Clowes Memorial Hall)
Oct. 28: Atlanta (Glenn Auditorium)
Oct. 29: Naples, Fla. (Philharmonic Center)