On A Song of Hope, his second album for Whaling City Sound, saxophonist Eric Wyatt offers more than hope; he offers assurance that contemporary jazz is alive and well in and around his home base of Brooklyn, NY. Wyatt, the godson of another rather well-known saxophonist, Sonny Rollins, performs in groups of various sizes, from quartet to octet, with vocals by Samara Joy on two numbers, “Fragile” and Wyatt’s “Say Her Name.” The almost-constants are pianist Donald Vega, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Jeff Watts, who are on board for eight numbers but step aside for a pair of Wyatt-Watts duets and are replaced by bassist Mike Boone and his talented fourteen-year-old son, drummer Mekhi Boone, on John Coltrane‘s “Central Park West” and McCoy Tyner‘s “Contemplation.”
Watch Jeff “Tain” Watts and Delbert Felix meet after over 25 years!
Saxophone giant Greg Abate has enjoyed being number one on Jazz Week for over a month with his brilliant arrangements and collaboration with legendary pianist Kenny Baron “Magic Dance”. This Super Quartet features The Tim Ray Trio … Tim on piano, John Lockwood bass and Mark Walker drums.
Celebrating the Life and Music of Tony Campise – Friday, May 14
Tony Campise was a consummate musician, but he was a lot more.
His love for music and the young jazz musicians he mentored spread to everyone around him, and years after his passing we still gather to remember him.
For this tenth anniversary year, (the 2020 concert was cancelled) three luminaries of Austin jazz will join us to honor his life and legacy at the annual Toast to Tony concert at 7 pm Friday May 14 at Spicewood Vineyards Event Center.
Joining us will be Greg Abate on his sultry sax, Pamela Hart with her velvet voice, and trombonist Andre Hayward adding golden notes. Add a dynamic rhythm section, and it’ll be musical magic. Just tap the red button below for tickets.