1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
SHOW TIMES NIGHTLY AT 8:00, 10:00
July 13-18 JOHN HANDY 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE AT MONTERY 1965
FEATURING ALL THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THIS LEGENDARY RECORDING: JOHN HANDY-ALTO, MICHAEL WHITE-VIOLIN, TERRY CLARKE-DRUMS, DON THOMPSON-BASS, JERRY HAHN-GUITAR
Plus HENRY GRIMES TRIO WITH PERRY ROBINSON AND SPECIAL GUESTS ANDREW CYRILLE PLUS DAVE DOUGLAS ON TUESDAY, JULY 13; GARY BARTZ WEDNESDAY, JULY 14TH; JULY 15-18 BENNIE MAUPIN
The Iridium Jazz Club is pleased to present an All-Star double bill week featuring John Handy's 1965 Live at Monterey Band with all the original members performing for the first time in 40 years. Also on the bill is legendary bassist Henry Grimes making his second appearance as a leader at the club.
In 1965 Columbia Records released a live recording from the Monterey Jazz Festival that featured the violinist Michael White, guitarist Jerry Hahn, bassist Don Thompson, and drummer Terry Clarke (all of whom were young unknowns at the time). They played two lengthy songs: the 27-minute If Only We Knew" and Spanish Lady," which lasts a mere 19 and a half minutes. After a brief theme, If Only We Knew" mostly features unaccompanied solos. Handy's opening statement immediately quieted the crowd, which was amazed by the altoist's courage and the logic of the advanced yet tonal music. Spanish Lady" also has a long Handy statement and builds up to a very exciting conclusion. Even over three decades later, the music sounds fresh, colorful, and innovative. The original Columbia LP which had been long out of print is now available as a Koch CD reissue. John Handy's performance at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival was a sensation that was a highpoint in a career that has included for Handy stints playing with Charles Mingus, The Mingus Dynasty Band and Ali Akbar Khan as well as one of the few true commercial jazz hits," Hard Work" from 1976. As a performer and composer he continues to sweep audiences into ecstasy with his vast range of creative, emotional, and technical inventiveness.
Henry Grimes, missing from the music world since the late '6O's, has made an unprecedented comeback after receiving the gift of a bass (a green one called Olive Oil!) from fellow bassist William Parker. Before disappearing from the jazz scene, the Julliard-educated Henry Grimes played brilliantly on some 5O albums with an enormous range of musicians, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus Sonny Rollins, Roswell Rudd, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Charles Tyler, McCoy Tyner, and many more. Now, working mostly as a leader in many venues and festivals around the world, the NEW Henry Grimes is playing at the very height of his artistic powers just as though he had never stopped at all! Still in his sixties, he's healthy and strong, and his gentle, humble bearing and courageous life story have inspired all those privileged to know him. Recently Henry received a grant from Meet the Composer, and All About Jazz/ New York designated him Musician of the Year for 2003!