Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wycliffe Gordon To Receive "Highlights In Jazz" Award; May 7 @ Tribeca Perf. Arts Center
Thursday, May 7th 8 pm
Guest of Honor: Wycliffe Gordon-trombone
@ TRIBECA Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, NYC 10007
Box Office 212-220-1460
Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz -- New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series - continues its 43rd Season with A Salute to Wycliffe Gordon, a star studded evening honoring the versatile multi-instrumentalist, featuring Adrian Cunningham, Jay Leonhart , Terell Stafford, Aaron Diehl, Ted Rosenthal, Alvin Atkinson and Yasushi Nakamura, plus a very special surprise guest.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8 pm at Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, N.Y., NY 10007
Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, continues its 43rd season on Thursday May 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM in the Tribeca Performing Arts Center of Borough Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NY, 10007 with A Salute to Wycliffe Gordon, a star studded evening honoring the multi-instrumentalist, featuring Adrian Cunningham, Jay Leonhart , Terell Stafford, Aaron Diehl, Ted Rosenthal, Alvin Atkinson and Yasushi Nakamura, plus as in all Highlights In Jazz concerts, a very special surprise guest.
Veteran producer Jack Kleinsinger says of Gordon, who will be making his 20th Highlights In Jazz appearance, "Wycliffe was introduced to us by Al Grey. We had honored Al and I said, 'You know Al after you go, who's left?' And he introduced me to Wycliffe. So Wycliffe is the successor in that sense... He's comfortable playing in every kind of jazz genre. You know, you want to do a Dixieland show, you want to do a bebop show, you want to do swing, he's perfect for any of them."
The annual award, which Kleinsinger describes as honoring a singular living jazz musician for their "matchless musical achievements" has been a staple of every highlights season since the series' inception. He says, "The first year I decided that everybody else waits for people to die and then they do memorial concerts. Why not honor these people while they’re still alive and playing and let them know that we love them. The first year we honored Lionel Hampton and it was a thrilling night for me as a fledgling producer. Teddy Wilson showed up and Clark Terry was there. It was just such a wonderful evening and we've done it every year since."
Gordon, the youngest artist to ever receive the award, says, "I feel really honored to have been selected. Especially in light of the one's that have come before me (among the previous honorees have been Roy Eldridge, Roy Haynes, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Dr. Billy Taylor and many others). It kind of speaks volumes of at least what Jack thinks about me as a musician and possibly as a person. So I'm very happy to be honored by Highlights In Jazz. I think that what Jack Kleinsinger is doing in terms of presenting jazz to the public in New York on a consistent basis and the fashion that he's done it, I think is great. It's one of the oldest running jazz series and I have played on quite a few of them."
A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Gordon - a triple threat on trombone, tuba and trumpet, as well as an engaging vocalist - will appear in a variety of settings. "The group that I'll have will be mainly the musicians that I play with regularly, like Alvin Atkinson, Jr. is going to be on drums and Yasushi Nakamura on bass with Aaron Diehl playing piano. Terell Stafford is playing trumpet. And I’ll have Adrian Cunningham." The Australian woodwind wizard, best known for his work with Vince Giordano's Night Hawks and Renee Marie, like Gordon, is a master of many horns. Also joining in the festivities will be Gordon's regular duo collaborator, bassist/vocalist Jay Leonhart and pianist Ted Rosenthal. Gordon says, "I've worked with them for many years. We did a record together last year, we produced it. We have a lot of fun." Plus as in all Highlights In Jazz concerts, a surprise special guest.
Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, continues its 43rd season on Thursday, June 11, 2015 with Jazz, Past & Present, an multigenerational double bill featuring the incomparable duo of, pianist Randy Weston and tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, performing a program from their critically acclaimed album The Roots of the Blues. Sharing the bill with NEA Jazz Master Weston, who will celebrate his 89th birthday in April, will be the Highlights In Jazz New Stars, a youthful quintet assembled by Kleinsinger himself to feature some of his favorite up and coming young jazz players.
"The kids are great," the producer beams. "Steven Frieder on saxophone, Dylan Meek on piano, Benny Benack -- he's a trumpeter and a scat singer that's extraordinary. Devin Starks is a bass player who plays with Charles Tolliver. He's also a youngster. And drummer Kosta Galanopoulos, who is still at the New School ... You know it's important to me because a lot of younger musicians that are not so young any more, got their start with Highlights In Jazz; Kenny Washington, Greg Hutchinson, Peter Bernstein and so many others."
And of course, as in all Highlights In Jazz concerts there will be a surprise special guest. Past surprise appearances have included, Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Branford Marsalis and other jazz greats. "You know, it doesn't get any better than that," Kleinsinger says with justified pride.
Highlights In Jazz Upcoming Shows
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 8 pm
Jazz, Past & Present
Featuring: Randy Weston, Billy Harper & The Roots of the Blues
+ Highlights In Jazz New Stars with Steven Frieder-tenor saxophone; Benny Benack-trumpet; Dylan Meek-piano; Devin Starks-bass; Kosta Galanopoulos-drums
All Shows At BMCC TRIBECA Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007
By car take FDR Drive south to end, through underpass onto West Street,
north to Chambers.
By Subway take 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, E, J or M train to Chambers or N, R to City Hall stop.
Walk west on Chambers.
Box Office 212-220-1460
$40.00 (student rate with valid ID)
A $160 subscription includes All Four Concerts
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the box office or by mail order.
Please send a check made payable to: Highlights In Jazz
Please mail orders to:
Highlights In Jazz
7 Peter Cooper Road, Apt. 11E New York NY 10010
(Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope)