By Suzanna Caldwell
But for the men behind the Native Jazz Quartet, not only is it in their name, it’s what they do.
Former Alaskan Ed Littlefield blends traditional Tlingit lullabies, known as dléigoox, and layers the melodies with jazz beats. The music melds almost seamlessly. Easily recognizable jazz beats are delicately layered with Native sounds.
“It’s a concept,” Littlefield said. “We’re all native of somewhere.”
Fabian explained that native in the U.S. generally refers to an American Indian or Alaska Native, but that’s not necessarily what the group is getting at.