Clearly rooted in jazz tradition, JACKNIFE is a hungry, young combo that feasts on the themes of the great Jackie McLean.” - 3.5 Stars, Downbeat Magazine August 2016


San Francisco saxophonist Steven Lugerner continues his explorations of the music of jazz legend Jackie McLean with JACKNIFE, a hard-hitting West Coast post-bop quintet. Exploring tunes from McLean's seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums Jacknife, It's Time, Let Freedom Ring, and New Soil, JACKNIFE brings together a formidable cast of rising talent, including trumpeters JJ Kirkpatrick,  Darren Johnston & Henry Hung, drummer Michael Mitchell, bassists Garrett Lang & Shimpei Ogawa, pianists Richard Sears, Malcolm Campbell, Parker Grant & Christina Galisatus and on occasion, piano legend Larry Willis.  

Collectively, the members of JACKNIFE have toured internationally and collaborated between the New York City, West Coast and European jazz scenes. Members of the group have accompanied entertainers such as Kendrick Lemar and Beyonce, in addition to working with a heavyweight roster of jazz masters, including drum legend Albert “Tootie” Heath,  pianist Fred Hersch, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, saxophonists Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenón and drummer Matt Wilson.


JACKNIFE proves to be a sharp, cutting-edge band, even with a repertoire over 50 years old. Lugerner, especially, channels the creative heat and searing, tart tone of the young Jackie McLean” - George Kanzler (NYC Jazz Record, March 2016 Issue)