Tributes honor our jazz legends who have played significant roles in this tradition we call jazz. On March 4, there will be a tribute to lester Young at St. Peter’s church (619 lexington Ave. at 54th Street) in Manhattan, Prez Fest 2012 celebrating Dizzy Gillespie: trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master.
The festival begins at 3:30 p.m. with a panel moderated by Dizzy Gillespie’s biographer Donald l. Maggin with Stanley crouch, Gary Giddins, Jimmy Heath and Mike longo. At 5 p.m., Jazz vespers will feature the music of Gillespie led by the David Sanchez Quartet.
At 7:30 p.m., the concert takes off with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro latin Jazz Orchestra, David Sanchez Quartet and a special guest trumpeter with the New York University Jazz Orchestra.
In the 1940s, Gillespie, together with charlie Parker, became a major force in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He influenced trumpeters like Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, clifford brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione and Jon Faddis. in the late 1940s, Gillespie was also involved in the Afro-cuban movement, which brought Afro-latin-American music to greater prominence in jazz, particularly salsa. Afro-cuban jazz is based on traditional Afro-cuban rhythms.
Gillespie was introduced to chano Pozo in 1947 by Mario bauza, a latin jazz trumpet player. Pozo became Gillespie’s conga drummer.
Gillespie also worked with bauza in New York jazz clubs on 52nd Street and several famous spots such as the Palladium and the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
They played together in the chick Webb band and cab callo way’s band, where Gillespie and bauza became lifelong friends. Gillespie helped develop and mature the Afro-cuban jazz style.
Tickets are only $25 at the door and student tickets are $10 with iD. For more information, call (212) 935-2200.
There are only a few great jazz drummers left, and one of them is the incomparable chico Hamilton. At 90 years old, his live performances remain creative inspirations.
He will rein at the Drom for three Sunday night performances beginning in March and again on April 15 and May 20. All shows begin at 7:15 p.m.
The Drom is located at 85 Ave. A in the East village.
The Drom presents “EUPHORIC: celebrating the life & Music of chico Hamilton,” featuring Hamilton’s long-time touring band, which consists of Nick Demopoulos (guitar), Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (flute and reeds), Mayu Saeki (flute) and Jeremy carlstedt (drums and percussion), as well as special featured guests TbA.
The program includes Hamilton’s originals off of “Revelation,” ranging from the samba-ish gem “Footprints in the Sand” to the ballad “Every Timei Smile.”
Hamilton received the New School University Jazz and contemporary Music Programs beacons in Jazz Award in 1997 in recognition of his “significant contribution to the evolution of jazz.”
In 2002, he was awarded the WLIU-FM Radio lifetime Achievement Award.At the IAJE in New York City in January 2004, Hamilton was awarded a NEA Jazz Master Fellowship, presented to him by another great drummer, Roy Haynes. in December 2006, congress confirmed the president’s nomination of Hamilton to the President’s council on the Arts.
In 2007, Hamilton received a living legend Jazz Award as part of the Kennedy center Jazz in Our Time Festival, as well as receiving a doctorate of fine arts from the New School.
Hamilton’s resume boasts film scores, original compositions, commercial jingles, albums as a leader and international tours. In 2006, he released four CDs on Joyous Shout! in celebration of his 85th birthday: “Juniflip,” featuring guest appearances from love front man Arthur lee, vocalist (and successful actor) bill Henderson and former Hamilton band members trombonist bohanon and bass trombonist Jimmy cheatham; “believe,” with special guest appearances from vocalist and R&b singer Fontella bass and trombonist bohanon; “6th Avenue Romp,” featuring special guest appearances from guitarist Shuggie Otis, trumpeter Jon Faddis, trombonist bohanon, vocalist brenna bavis and percussionist Jaimoe of the Allman brothers band; and “Heritage,” with special guest appearances from vocalist Marya lawrence and trombonist bohanon.
In September 2007, he released “Hamiltonia,” sampling his original compositions from the four albums released in 2006.
In March 2011, to begin celebrating his 90th birthday six months off, Hamilton started a marathon recording session resulting in 28 new tracks with his Euphoria group. Following a health setback during the summer of 2010, Hamilton and his Euphoria group began weekly rehearsals at Hamilton’s Penthouse A.
These weekly rehearsals helped Hamilton’s rehabilitation; in the process, his group became tighter while embarking on exciting new musical journeys. Together they created a wealth of original material that became “Revelation.”
For reservations, call (212) 777-1157 or visit dromNYc. com.