A Summer of Legends

Saturday, June 3

Celebrating

Phil Woods

The Dexter Gordon

Project

Thurs. / Fri., July 13 & 14

Greg Abate Quartet
John Rangel, piano; Andy Zadrozny, Bass; Pete Amahl, drums
& Special Guest, Richie Cole

June 3, 7:30 pm
Harwood Museum
Tickets $25 / $20 Members
Tickets only available at Harwood Museum
238 Ledoux Street, Taos, NM
or by calling 575-758-9826

A co-production with the Harwood Museum

In the summer of 2014, Greg Abate and Phil Woods recorded "Kindred Spirits: Live at Chans." A few months later, Mr. Woods passed away, just before the CD was released. Eighty two and on oxygen at the time of the recording, Woods was still one of the finest saxophone masters on the planet, and Greg and his trio really rose to the occasion.

 

On June 3rd, Abate will bring to the Harwood all the passion of that session, in celebration of the master. To stoke it up even more, he has invited alto sax firebrand Richie Cole to join him. Both Cole and Abate have recorded with Woods, and been deeply inspired by him. Both have adopted and adapted the hot, swinging feel and melodic, harmonic approach favored by Woods. And even more than that, both Abate and Cole bring to the bandstand their style of going for the fences emotionally, every single night, year in-year out… the same thing Woods did for more than 6 decades all over the world, including whole decades of more than 200 performances a year.


The evening will inevitably include the historical drama of the saxophone battle. Greg and Richie are much too close and respectful for this encounter to be anything but exciting and fun, but there may be a not-so-subtle feeling of “Oh yeah? I hear you… and here’s what I can do!”

A superior bop player who finally emerged on records as a leader in the 1990s, Greg Abate had picked up experience playing with the Ray Charles Orchestra (starting in 1973 when he succeeded David "Fathead" Newman) and the Artie Shaw band from 1985-1987. He considers Charlie ParkerPaul Desmond, and Phil Woods to be among his most important influences, and has recorded twice with Woods: "Greg Abate Quintet Featuring Phil Woods" and "Kindred Spirits Live at Chan's."

 

Richie Cole is propelled by the idea that any tune, no matter how unlikely its source, can (and should!) be turned into exuberant bop. Influenced by Phil Woods and Charlie ParkerRichie also performed with Woods on many occasions.

July 13, 7:00 pm
"Round Midnight"
TCA– FREE!!
 
FREE Film Night!!
Film starring Dexter Gordon

Tribute to Dexter Gordon

Jimmy Cobb Trio

John Campbell, piano; John Webber, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums
& Special Guest Doug Lawrence

July 14, 7:30 pm
Harwood Museum
Tickets $25 / $20 Members
Tickets only available at Harwood Museum
238 Ledoux Street, Taos, NM
or by calling 575-758-9826

Presented in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival and the Harwood Museum

Saxophonist Dexter Gordon was a towering figure in 20th century jazz…widely regarded as the first musician to translate the language of mid-20th century modern jazz - a.k.a. "bebop" - to the tenor saxophone. Possessor of his own distinctive sound, Dexter was known for his heavy doses of swing.  

 

The Dexter Gordon Tribute stars some jazz legends in their own right: Drummer Jimmy Cobb and the great tenor-man, Doug Lawrence.

Jimmy Cobb is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands with Miles, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. Among his many recordings with Miles is the masterpiece "Kind of Blue", the most popular jazz recording in history.

 

And here's what's been said of world-traveling sax man,
Doug Lawrence:
"Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl."       
- Bill Milkowski - JAZZTIMES

July 14, 7:30 pm, Harwood Museum