Tuesday, June 12
Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center
1972 Broadway at 66th Street
This night will be wonderful! Jazz pianist Cedar Walton will perform and Dan Morgenstern will lead a Discussion/Q&A with Lorraine Gordon.
Lorraine will be signing copies of her memoir Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life In and Out of Jazz Time.
In a life has spanned the life of jazz in America, Lorraine Gordon is a legend among jazz musicians and aficionados. She thrives as doyenne and sole proprietor of the Village Vanguard, the country's oldest jazz club.
One of the most valued of all hard bop accompanists, Cedar Walton also wrote a number of excellent tunes ("Mosaic," Ugetsu," and Bolivia," to name a few) that found their way into Art Blakey's book during the pianist's early-'60s stint with the Jazz Messengers. From 1958-61, Walton played with Kenny Dorham, J.J. Johnson, and Art Farmer's Jazztet, among others, and then joined Blakey in 1961, with whom he remained until '64, with Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter. Walton served time as Abbey Lincoln's accompanist from 1965-66 and made records with Lee Morgan from 1966-68. His recordings can be found on the Prestige, Muse, Evidence, and Steeplechase labels. In addition to his many quantifiable accomplishments, Walton is less well known as the first pianist to record, in April 1959 with John Coltrane, the tenorist's daunting Giant Steps."
Grammy Award winner Dan Morgenstern is Director of The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University