Randy Weston & Billy Harper Duo – “African Rhythms”

Randy Weston & Billy Harper Duo – “African Rhythms”

$30/Adv $33/Door 1/2 Price Night For Students! No Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts New York Times Review by Nate Chinen San Jose Mercury Review by Richard Scheinin “… distinctive and imposing…” – NPRmusic.com Two of the jazz world’s most respected artists, Randy Weston and Billy Harper, team up for an evening of inventive piano/saxophone duets.  After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary. A disciple of Thelonious Monk, numerous visits to Africa and living in Morocco have brought a powerful African influence to Weston’s work, which includes the pioneering Africa-meets-jazz recording Afrika Uhuru with texts by poet Langston Hughes, and the spiritually-charged sessions African Cookbook, Blue Moses and Tanjah. In 1955, DownBeat magazine’s International Critics Poll voted him New Star in the piano category. In 2001, he was a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master award. Saxophonist Billy Harper’s brilliant tone was burnished in the post-Coltrane era of the late ’60s and early ’70s, a turbulent time of change in jazz. His passionate saxophone is a perfect foil for Weston’s deft rhythmic and harmonic explorations. Capable of constructing a whirlwind of high-energy improvisation, Harper is equally at home playing a down home blues, or a tender ballad. This musical collaboration dating back to the summer of 1974 is based on their mutual love of the darker hues of their respective instruments as it is their blues simpatico. The Roots of the Blues, is the...
The Cookers

The Cookers

Monday, August 12, 9:00 PM The Cookers $25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Sponsored by A Train Law Group Doors at 8:30 PM 1/2 Price for Students! Student tickets available at the door. “…something epic and historic…” – David Weiss Jazz veterans Billy Harper (tenor saxophone), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), George Cables (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), Billy Hart (drums), David Weiss (trumpet), and Craig Handy (saxophone) forge a world-class union collectively known as The Cookers. Taking their name from a 1965 Blue Note album by the late, great trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, this exciting new all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ’60s spirit on their new album Warriors, a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today....
The Cookers

The Cookers

Monday, August 12, 7:00 PM The Cookers $25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Sponsored by A Train Law Group Door and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “…something epic and historic…” – David Weiss Jazz veterans Billy Harper (tenor saxophone), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), George Cables (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), Billy Hart (drums), David Weiss (trumpet), and Craig Handy (saxophone) forge a world-class union collectively known as The Cookers. Taking their name from a 1965 Blue Note album by the late, great trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, this exciting new all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ’60s spirit on their new album Warriors, a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today....