Planting Seeds: A Benefit Concert for Branching Out
Alto saxophonist Willie Sordillo has been performing professionally for over 35 years. He served as co-leader of three-time Boston Music award winners Flor de Caña, has worked extensively as a freelance player with a vide variety of groups and leads of his own jazz ensembles. He has performed in concerts and festivals throughout North America and internationally. Willie's original compositions have appeared in numerous song books, magazines and college texts. He has contributed music to several films and an arrangement to the television show ER. He has recorded extensively as a leader, producer and sideman and has performed with or opened shows for Pete Seeger, Ruben Blades, Kurt Elling, Richie Havens and Tito Puente, among others. Willie sees music as a spiritual expression with the power to uplift, heal, inspire growth and initiate change. He has served as music director for a weekly jazz worship service at Old South Church in Boston since 2005 and regularly brings jazz worship to churches throughout Massachusetts. He also has the great pleasure of backing up a James Brown impersonator. His motto is, "Bring a little bit of church into the club, and bring a little bit of the club into the church." For this concert, Willie will be joined by two of the areas finest musicians, pianist Consuelo Candelaria Barry and bassist Doug Rich.