“Clearly rooted in jazz tradition, Jacknife is a hungry, young combo that feasts on the themes of the great Jackie Mclean.” – Downbeat Magazine
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. 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 Kendrick Lamar & 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 saxophonists Dayna Stephens & Miguel Zenon.