A Tribute To Horace Silver at the Iridium

michaelOne of the founding architects of hard bop in the 1950s, composer, pianist and bandleader Horace Silver has left a huge imprint on modern jazz. His compositions combine the ultimate in jazz sophistication with a common-man touch, blending tightly knit structures with hummable melodies, funky blues, soulful shouts and free-wheeling improvisation. Dozens of his songs have become jazz standards, including “Song For My Father,” “Nica’s Dream” and others.  Pianist and composer Michael Weiss is an ideal musician to pay tribute to Silver, one of his earliest and longest lasting influences. Silver’s “Blowing the Blues Away” was the first jazz LP Weiss ever bought at age 15, and he cut his teeth in New York in the 1980s working with former Silver sidemen Junior Cook, Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan, Joe Henderson, Bill Hardman and Lou Donaldson. Weiss was a prizewinner in the 1989 Thelonious Monk Institute's Solo Piano Competition, with Silver as one of the judges.  For this tribute, Weiss will focus on many of Silver's lesser known gems such as “Ecaroh,” “Moonrays,” “Shirl” and “Nutville.”

Joining Weiss is a perfect combination of Horace Silver alumni:  Randy Brecker and Tom Harrell each held the trumpet chair in Silver's quintet from 1968 to 1977.  Bassist John Webber and drummer Willie Jones III were Silver's last working rhythm section.  Eric Alexander, a hard-bop infected player joined Silver at his last New York appearance in 2004.  Weiss, best known as longtime sideman with Johnny Griffin, works with Frank Wess, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and others. In addition to leading his own groups, most notably at the Village Vanguard, Weiss has produced concerts celebrating the music of Bud Powell, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.

For more about Horace Visit: http://www.horacesilver.com/

For More About Michael Weiss Visit: http://www.michaelweiss.info/

1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

MAY 21-24 

  • Latest
  • Popular
  • Tags
  • Comments
  The three day music festival and carnival wrapped up Sund...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 14:19
Country rock comes in many flavors. While the public thirst...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:23
For the past quarter-century, Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:35
When it comes to music, the most important element for the A...
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 09:44
5 months 3 weeks ago
Legend Valley is only 50 miles from home,I'm gonna have to catch the Jubilee one of t...
3 years 3 months ago
For more about Thomas Merton check out this site written by one of his studens:   mer...
3 years 4 months ago
Diana Krall concert is coming soon in Valley Performing Arts Center,North ridge on Ap...
3 years 6 months ago