It was during an early '70s visit to New Orleans that then-teenage Tim Hagans - a native of Dayton, Ohio - decided jazz would be his lifetime calling. There, he heard he heard legendary trumpeter Ray Maldonado perform with Mongo Santamaria's band, and he was hooked on the instrument from then on. Returning home, he immediately began his musical education, and four years later he was playing in Stan Kenton's big band. Today, through his many recordings, arrangements and compositions, Hagans is among most innovative risk-takers in the post-bop jazz scene.
Tim Hagans and band do Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" live in NYC, 2006
Like many musicians of his generation, Hagans is heavily influenced by the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, but he's no mere imitator. Instead, as heard on latest disc Alone Together, he brings those sounds to a contemporary format, adding detail to every note and taking the music to new, creative heights. For his Houston stop, he'll be joined by saxophonists Seth Paynter and Woody Witt, bassist Thomas Helton and Richard Cholakian on drums. – Ernest Barteldes
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7 p.m. Sunday at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, 773-223-8346. Tickets are $10-15.