Historic Jazz Summit At The Iridium Jazz Club MAY 25-30 + Wonder Boy Francesco Cafiso May-25-26


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Show Times Nightly At 8:00, 10: 00
Third Set Fri. And Sat. At 11:45 Pm

May 25-30 Historic Jazz Summit!
Jackie Mclean, Renee Mclean Quintet
With Special Guests Bobby Hutcherson & Grachan Moncur Iii Alan Palmer-Piano, Nat Reeves-Bass, Eric Mcpherson-Drums

May-25-26 Umbria Jazz Presents “Wonder Boy" Francesco Cafiso
With The James Williams Trio Opening At 7:30pm For Jackie Mclean

The Iridium Jazz Club is very pleased to present the HISTORIC JAZZ SUMMIT! A reuniting of three of the most important and distinctive players to emerge from the volatile and fertile 1960s jazz scene.

Jackie McLean has a sound notable for its sharp, acid tone and overwhelming intensity. The New York native grew up in the same Harlem neighborhood as saxophone giants Sonny Rollins and Bud Powell and drummer Art Taylor. He spent time with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. While each of these bandleaders had a profound influence on McLean's musicianship, his close affiliation with Charlie Parker dominated the early part of his career. In the early 60s Jackie met the trombonist Grachan Moncur III and the vibist Bobby Hutcherson. Together they recorded three outstanding sides for the Blue Note label; One Step Beyond, Destination Out and Evolution. These recordings featured original compositions that reflected the times and the personal searches of the musicians involved. Writing recently in the New York Times Adam Shatz had this to say about these legendary recordings.

“...the music is unforgettable and idiosyncraticŠNeither bop nor free but a deft synthesis of the two; confidently rooted in the black vernacular but elegantly urbane; often sardonic but always serious: Mr. Moncur's Blue Note period prefigured the work of Greg Osby, Jason Moran and other young jazz musicians who have mined the materials of African-American music with tart, edgy sophistication."

Opening for The Historic Jazz Summit May 25-26) will be “Wonder Boy" Francesco Cafiso, the 15 year old Italian alto saxophonist who wowed the jazz crowds at this year's IAJE conference in New York City.

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