Saxophonists Frank Wess, Lew Tabackin, Wayne Escoffery & Stephen Riley Convene For ‘Boudoir Tenors’: Feb. 28


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Features rhythm section of Bill Charlap (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Kenny Washington (drums).

Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LCLC), as part of its expanded Jazz at the Penthouse programming, will produce a special concert highlighting the rich ballad tradition of the tenor saxophone, as performed by four diverse and acclaimed practitioners of that instrument. “Boudoir Tenors” will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 28, March 1 and 2, 2002 at 8pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

The concert will feature saxophonists FRANK WESS, LEW TABACKIN, WAYNE ESCOFFERY, and STEPHEN RILEY, who will be backed by the rhythm section of pianist BILL CHARLAP, bassist PETER WASHINGTON, and drummer KENNY WASHINGTON. In varying combinations, the saxophonists will perform some of the great ballads in the jazz repertoire, as well as uptempo numbers and blues.

Tickets at $45 are available at the Alice Tully Hall box office, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or via www.jazzatlincolncenter.org.

Jazz at the Penthouse concerts take place in the intimate, club-like setting of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, where the audience enjoys candlelight, spectacular views of the city, and complimentary wine (for patrons age 21 and over).

Frank Wess was born in Kansas City on January 4, 1922 and grew up in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and Washington D.C. Hearing Lester Young as a youth led him to switch from alto saxophone to tenor. He played in Blanche Calloway’s band, spent his enlistment playing in army bands, and did brief stints with Billy Eckstine, Eddie Heywood, Lucky Millinder and Bull Moose Jackson before he returned to Washington. In 1953 he joined Count Basie’s big band

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