The Block

Detroit sax legend Alex Harding and Organ Nation offer blues and funk in Virtual Block performance

Muskegon, Michigan, May 24, 2021 – Legendary sax man Alex Harding will team up with drummer Djallo Djakate and jazz organist Jim Alfredson—collectively known as “Organ Nation”—for an unforgettable video concert premiering at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 in the Virtual Block. The dynamic trio explores all facets of African-American music from the deepest blues to the funkiest funk to the most swingin’ swing.

A powerful and innovative saxophonist, Alex Harding has a unique and contemporary baritone sound, which Jazz Times has likened to “sheer fireworks.” The Detroit native has performed with Hamiet Bluiett, the Mingus Big Band, Lester Bowie’s Hip-Hop Philharmonic, the Sun Ra Arkestra and All-Star Project, Aretha Franklin, and the Roy Hargrove Big Band, among others. Hammond Beat calls Jim Alfredson “One of the faces of the new millennium’s Jazz renaissance.” Known to Block audiences from his memorable 2018 appearance with Organissimo, Alfredson is a Hammond-Suzuki endorsed artist and plays the Hammond XK-3, a digital recreation of the legendary B3 tonewheel organ.

In-person attendance is available to current subscribers only, due to the continued legal limit of 50% capacity. The live performance is sold out on subscription. Video Passes for Organ Nation are priced at $15. To purchase, visit theblockwestmichigan.org or call 231.726.3231. Ticket holders will receive an email with a link early the week of the concert. For more information, visit theblockwestmichigan.org

Virtual Block concerts are available for viewing for 10 days following the premiere date. We invite non-subscribers to join us in the Virtual Block until we are able to open up to full attendance in the fall.

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