Eddie Henderson, acclaimed trumpeter will be performing 1.23.07 at 7The Mint in Los Angeles, CA. and his newly formed quartet with twice Grammy-nominated drummer Greg Bandy, pianist, Roger Friedman and bassist David Certain.
Eddie Henderson grew up in San Francisco and is one of the few trumpeters who was strongly influenced by Miles Davis' work of his early fusion period. Recent releases for Eddie include Oasis (2001 on Sirocco Jazz Limited label), So What, a tribute to Miles Davis (2003, EPC, Sony, Columbia), Time and Spaces (2004 Sirocco Jazz Limited) and Precious Moment (2006 on the Kind of Blue label).
Greg Bandy was discovered by Charles Mingus at the of age 20. Greg has played with prominent jazz artists over the last thirty-plus years: Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Pharoah Sanders, Olu Dara, Curtis Fuller, Jack McDuff, Leon Thomas, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Yusef Lateef and many others securing his status as a living legend. Mr. Bandy's 1997 debut CD Lightning in a Bottle garnered two Grammy nominations. He produces Bandy Does Blakey," a tribute to one of his mentors, the late Art Blakey, and reunites former members of Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
The self-taught Roger Friedman has been performing music for over 30 years. He started playing the piano by ear when he was 4 years old and studied percussion throughout his school years but continued to play the piano. In college he played the conga drums in the Ohio University Jazz Ensemble. He transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he majored in piano studying under the great be-bop pianist Ray Santisi. He continued with his percussion studies under Les Lumley, percussionist with Miles Davis and also studied the Indian tabla drums. While in Boston, he formed an electric fusion group with drummer Steve McCraven (drummer for Archie Shepp and Marion Brown) and the guitarist Michael Gregory.
David Certain's innovative bass style employing swing, funk and Latin elements is inspired by Buster Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Art Davis and Alex Blake: old school sees tomorrow. A bassist for thirty five years, he began his musical education very young, playing by ear the beginning piano pieces his mother taught at home to other children. David has performed with saxophonist Gary Bartz, organ master Jimmy McGriff, saxophonist and Grammy-winning arranger Willie Smith, singer Little" Jimmy Scott, Vincent Herring, drummer Larry Hancock, vocalist Paula West and many other fine musicians. He tours and records with legendary Grammy-nominated drummer Greg Bandy who refers to David as his tailor-made bass player." David is the stateside" bassist for piano virtuoso and free jazz pioneer, Bobby Few.