An Extraordinary Tribute To Trane!
The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo commemorated its golden anniversary with full year of special exhibitions and musical concerts and this past Thursday on September 22nd the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society and Burchfield Penney united to present an extraordinary John Coltrane birthday party performance at The Center and what an extraordinary celebration it was!
Born in Hamlet, North Carolina, the revolutionary saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz despite a relatively brief career. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, he played in nightclubs and on recordings with such musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Bostic and Johnny Hodges. Coltrane came to prominence when he joined Miles Davis's quintet in 1955. He died from liver cancer on July 17, 1967, in Huntington, Long Island, New York.
Vincent Herring is a virtuoso considered one of the premier saxophonists of his generation. He first toured Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton’s big band in the early 1980’s. As he developed his musicianship working with Nat Adderley, a partnership blossomed that continued for nine years. Along the way he worked and/or recorded with Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, and John Hicks.
George Caldwell is a fully tenured jazz piano legend who has served with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as a sideman extraordinaire, and as leader of his own ensembles. Renowned as performer, composer, band leader and teacher, Caldwell presided over the ivory 88s for the Basie Orchestra when the group won a “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance” Grammy in 1996. He’s one of the pre-eminent swing players in modern jazz.
About the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society
The Society was created to honor the legacy of the late Pappy Martin, the renowned local band leader and musician. The jazz icon played with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Johnny Griffin, Billy Taylor, Betty Carter and Al Hibbler. Each year the organization presents a series of events, including the Pappy Martin Legacy- Masten Jazz Festival to honor his musical tradition by continuing and enhancing the awareness, appreciation and celebration of jazz. Martin played with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, Johnny Griffin, Billy Taylor, Betty Carter and Al Hibbler. As a band leader and musician, he played in many famous area nightclubs, including Little Harlem, Pine Grill, Revilot, Royal Arms, Moon Glow, Shalimar, Town Casino, Ontario House, and Blue Note.
As a community activist, Martin founded the Love Supreme School of Music that focused on instrumental music lessons, music theory and the science of music. Love Supreme School launched careers of many local and national musicians. He co-founded the Masten Jazz Festival that continued under his sole leadership and remains a summer mainstay 21 years later. He also received many accolades and awards for his volunteer work from community and civic organizations.
About the Burchfield Penney Art Center
The Burchfield Penney was established in 1966 on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, the Burchfield Penney Art Center is dedicated to the art and vision of renowned American watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield (1893–1967) and the distinguished artists of Western New York state. In 2008, The Center opened a $36 million freestanding facility in the heart of Buffalo’s Museum District.
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