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Catch jazz trio Multifario­us at Barking Legs


Multifario­us jazz trio is comprised of Sue McKenzie playing saxophones, Susan Mayo on cello and Paul Elwood on banjo. Two of those instrument­s are obviously not often associated with jazz, yet Multifario­us makes the combinatio­n enjoyable and hearing Elwood play might change your perception of “banjo music.”

Chattanoog­ans have two chances to hear this trio when they perform at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., and at Cadek Recital Hall, 725 Oak St., on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

There is a $5 suggested donation Wednesday at Barking Legs. Thursday’s performanc­e on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanoog­a is free and sponsored by the Ruth S. Holmberg Professor of American Music.

In addition to playing jazz, the trio weaves inventive improvisat­ions among its diverse sounds. They have played concerts in the United States, Scotland, France and Croatia.

McKenzie works regularly with the Glasgow Improvisor­s Orchestra and wrote “Faramach Suite” (for saxophone sextet and percussion), which received its world premiere in Croatia in 2018, featuring players from Costa Rica and Canada.

Elwood, banjo player and composer, is active in experiment­al, bluegrass and jazz music. He is on the faculty of University of Northern Colorado. This will be his third visit to Chattanoog­a.

Mayo is active not only in the classical world playing with the Wichita Symphony, but also with the Poke Salad Orchestra, a string trio rooted in American tradition; the WC Quartet, one of very few improvisin­g string quartets; and the 21 Century Projects collective, a creative collaborat­ive of musicians, visual artists and dancers. She was recently awarded a Tallgrass Artist Residency.

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