Giants of Jazz:
Charles McPherson, Junior Mance & Tootie Heath
Charles McPherson, saxophone; Junior Mance, piano;
John Wiitala, bass; Albert "Tootie" Heath, drums
This show is sold out, but you can still catch the Junior Mance Trio on July 27!
Saturday, July 24, 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $40 general | $24 students
Charles McPherson, Junior Mance, and Tootie Heath are true giants
of jazz who continue to push the music forward and expand upon the
great traditions they helped define. Alto saxophonist McPherson first
achieved national recognition through his long and fruitful association
with Charles Mingus in the 1960's and 70's, and has recorded
more than 20 albums as a leader. Blending the bebop melodicism of Charlie
Parker, the soulful sound of the blues, and a wide streak of improvisational
daring, McPherson "plays with an emotion that bloats the notes
until the saxophone seems about to melt or crack" (New York Times).
Pianist Junior Mance is "something else," according to DownBeat,
continuing, "so complete is his psychological command over his
instrument that very few of his fellows approach him in this area." With
a flair for the blues and mastery of bop in all its various guises,
Mance has played with Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington
and Cannonball Adderley among others, and, after more than 50 years
as a bandleader and recording artist, swings harder than ever. Albert "Tootie" Heath's
drumming matches his personality; it's simultaneously relaxed and
ebullient, with humor and wisdom in equal measure. A Workshop favorite,
Tootie has been playing and teaching at the Workshop for over twenty
years. Accompanied by John Wiitala, one of the Bay Area's finest
bassists, these musical masters deliver jazz at its finest.
Junior Mance Trio – "Looptown"
Junior Mance Trio
– "You Are Too Beautiful"
Junior Mance Trio
– "Girl of My Dreams"
– "The Viper"
– "I Can't Get Started"
– "Here's that Rainy Day"
Charles McPherson - 2004 San Diego Music Awards
Charles McPherson at the Anthology Club San Diego - "Marionette"
Junior Mance - au Duc des Lombards
Supported in part by Lisa Friedman & Jim Harris, Paula & Philip Kirkeby