San Francisco saxophonist STEVEN LUGERNER continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with JACKNIFE, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. Exploring tunes from McLean’s seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums, Jacknife brings together a formidable cast of rising talent including trumpeter JJ KIRKPATRICK, drummer MICHAEL MITCHELL, bassist JOSH THURSTON-MILGROM, and pianist MALCOLM CAMPBELL.
Collectively, the members of JACKNIFE have toured internationally and collaborated between the New York City, West Coast and European jazz scenes. Members of the group have accompanied entertainers such as LOUIS CK and BEYONCÉ, in addition to working with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters, including drum legends ALBERT “TOOTIE” HEATH and BILLY HART, pianists FRED HERSCH and MYRA MELFORD, trumpeter WYNTON MARSALIS, and saxophonist DAYNA STEPHENS.
“Clearly rooted in jazz tradition, JACKNIFE is a hungry, young combo that feasts on the themes of the great Jackie McLean.” - DownBeat Magazine
“JACKNIFE proves to be a sharp, cutting-edge band, even with a repertoire over 50 years old. Lugerner, especially, channels the creative heat and searing, tart tone of the young Jackie McLean” - New York City Jazz Record
"JACKNIFE is a burner and a shock to the system, a bucket of ice water poured on you on an 83-degree day.” ICON Magazine