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Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge
Wed, December 5, 2012
6 & 8pm
Tom Harrell Quintet :: $28 & $22 ($15 Students w/ ID - 8pm Tues. & Weds. Only)
Tuesday, December 4th :: 6 & 8pm
Wednesday, December 5th :: 6 & 8pm
Thursday, December 6th :: 7 & 9pm
Tom Harrell - trumpet, flugelhorn and composition
Wayne Escoffery - tenor saxophone
Danny Grissett - fender rhodes and piano
Ugonna Okegwo - acoustic bass
Donald Edwards - drums
A veteran jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, whose work Newsweek described as “pure melodic genius,” Harrell steadily garnered international acclaim over the forty-plus years of his career. In 2008, Harrell received his second SESAC Jazz Award for Light On, which reached #1 on jazz radio charts last fall. A frequent favorite in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines’ Critics and Readers polls, Harrell is known for his mellifluous sound and is widely regarded as one of the most stylistically versatile and creative improvisers and composers working today. Each album he has released as a bandleader has found its way onto various critics’ “Top Ten” lists worldwide. Harrell’s Afro-Latin outing, The Art of Rhythm, was named “Best Jazz Album of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly in 1998 while his big band album, Times Mirror, garnered a Grammy nomination in 2000. His quintet recording, Live at the Village Vanguard received numerous awards in Europe, and was followed by Wise Children, an album honored with the SESAC Jazz Award in the fall of 2004. Harrell actively tours with his quintet worldwide. Recent television broadcasts of concerts include San Javier Jazz Festival in Spain; Viersen Jazz Festival in Germany; Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel; Jazz à Liège in Belgium; and Chivas Jazz Festival in Brazil. In May of 2009, Harrell was the Artist in Residence at the Vicenza Jazz Festival in Italy. His 2007 CD, Light On, is a celebration of Harrell’s music with the current members of his quintet, which includes Wayne Escoffery (sax), Ugonna Okegwo (bass), Danny Grissett (piano) and Johnathan Blake (drums).
A follow-up album for the Highnote label, Prana Dance, was released in January of 2009, paired with a 2009 World Tour. The latest albums on HighNote demonstrate Harrell’s skills as a leader of a tight, smaller unit that calls to mind the bands of Art Blakey and Horace Silver. The sheer joy of playing Harrell’s music with one another is evident from each member of the quintet. Harrell has worked with important figures in jazz history including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones, Jim Hall, Charlie Haden and with like-minded contemporaries such as Joe Lovano and Charles McPherson. A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in music composition, Harrell is a prolific composer and arranger. Carlos Santana, Cold Blood, Azteca, Vince Guaraldi, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, and the Metropole Orchestra are among the many who have recorded or performed his work.
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