Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cecil Bridgewater & The Aggregation live @ Gillespie Auditorium, NY, Oct 25

You won't want to miss the swinging sound of “The Aggregation” under the direction of Cecil Bridgewater on Tuesday, October 25 at Jazz Tuesdays in the Gillespie Auditorium at the NY Baha'i Center (53 East 11th Street between University Place and Broadway). Hope he will perform "Love and Harmony," a joyful tune Cecil composed & arranged in 1975 for Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra's "New Life" album! There will be 2 shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. Please call 212-222-5159 for Reservations and information.

Bridgewater was born in Urbana, Illinois and studied at the University of Illinois. He and brother Ron formed the Bridgewater Brothers Band in 1969, and in the 1970s he was married to Dee Dee Bridgewater. In 1970 he played with Horace Silver, and following this with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis from 1970 to 1976.

Also in the 1970s he played with Max Roach, starting a decades-long association. Elsewhere he has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Randy Weston, Charles McPherson, Joe Henderson, Roy Brooks, Abdullah Ibrahim and Sam Rivers. Bridgewater's first disc as a leader appeared in 1993. Bridgewater has also composed works premiered by the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and Meet the Composer.

Cecil Bridgewater has become a great supporter of The Jazz Foundation of America in their mission to save the homes and the lives of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians including musicians that survived Hurricane Katrina. Cecil performed at the 2008 Benefit Concert, “A Great Night in Harlem” at the World Famous Apollo Theater. He currently teaches as adjunct faculty at Manhattan School of Music, New School, William Paterson University, and The Juilliard School.


Trumpets: Cecil Bridgewater, James Zollar, Eddie Allen, Duane Eubanks
Trombones: Jack Jeffers, Dion Tucker, Sam Burtis, Clifton Anderson
Saxophones: Jimmy Cozier, Frank Fountaine, Max Schweiger, Gene Ghee, Lauren Sevian
Piano: Ray Gallon
Acoustic Bass: Saadi Zain
Drums: Jerome Jennings

Admission is 15.00, 10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

Jazz Tuesdays in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m. (Cecil Bridgewater, left, and Freddie Hubbard during a recording session @ Bennett Studios in 2008)

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