Barry Harris/ Charles McPherson Quartet
Monday, Aug 04, 2008 8:00 PM PDT
Stanford University Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Palo Alto, CA
"The craft and sincerity, the discipline and passion that Charles McPherson brings to the alto saxophone is a tribute to the beauty of jazz..." --The Village Voice
"Barry Harris is one of the world's most respected jazz piano players and teachers, considered by many to be the foremost interpreter of the music of Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron and Thelonious Monk." --AllAboutJazz
Pianist Barry Harris and alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, two undisputed masters of bop, both started their careers in Detroit. Harris was a cornerstone of the thriving Detroit scene of the 1950s that included artists like Tommy Flanagan, Thad Jones, Paul Chambers, and Joe Henderson, and McPherson was one of his up-and-coming students. In the 1960s they collaborated frequently in New York, where Harris was among the city's most in-demand pianists and McPherson had an ongoing collaboration with Charles Mingus. Harris is a successor to the traditions of Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker, and has been one of the major forces in the evolution of bebop. McPherson's passionate, expressive playing combines blazing bop, an adventurous sensibility, and a strong sense of the blues. Both men embody the finest in mainstream jazz with energetic swing, daring improvisation, and true feeling, and the chemistry they have developed during their years of creative association creates a captivating synergy.
INSIDE JAZZ: You Can Never Have Too Much Bebop
Speaker: Michael Burman 7 pm, Free with concert ticket