George Cables/Sullivan Fortner Duo
Two pianists of two different generations, facing each other to prove once again that jazz is the art of meeting. George Cables, 76-year-old New Yorker, an old lion of hard bop, a historical partner of giants such as Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, and Dexter Gordon; Sullivan Fortner, a 34-year-old pianist from New Orleans, one of the most celebrated representatives of the latest generations of pianists: over his still short career, he has played with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis.
The piano duo formula is always charming, especially if talented improvisers practice it: unpredictable, open, breathtaking, made of mutual vibes. If it works, the result is more than the sum of the two individuals. Umbria Jazz has presented this formula many times, creating original partnerships: Chick Corea and Stefano Bollani, Corea with Herbie Hancock, Danilo Rea with Renato Sellani, Bollani with Martial Solal, Rita Marcotulli and Dado Moroni. The Festival invented this duo, too, like many others in the past. Cables and Fortner are the protagonists of this winter edition as resident artists, and they gladly agreed to form a duo.