, who headlined the first of three tribute concerts at Tribeca Performing Arts Center (May 8th). In a preconcert talk with Ted Panken and Willard Jenkins, he said the approach would be the same as in old Bradley's days: no rehearsal, no set list. Three pianists would share the stage with "Bulldog" Drummond, beginning with Renee Rosnes, whose fire and proficiency on "Everything I Love," "Yesterdays," "Chelsea Bridge" and "Pas de Trois" set the bar high. Bill Mays, a friend of Drummond's for some 45 years, brought caprice and jaw-dropping execution to "Alone Together," "Laura," "Emily," Monk's "Eronel" and the Tommy Flanagan blues "Freight Train". Finally, the great Barry Harris took Drummond on a ride through Monk's "Ruby My Dear," "Epistrophy," "Light Blue," "Off Minor" and "Pannonica" before winding down with "Willow Weep for Me" and "Paradise," his funny vocalese encore based on "Embraceable You". Harris didn't have the raw chops of the younger pianists on the bill, but his harmonic and rhythmic authority held listeners in awe. Playing "Tea for Two" with Bud Powell's chromatic changes, he and Drummond fell into a tempo that was blistering and all but infallible.
Lost Jazz Shrines at Tribeca Performing Arts Center
New York, NY
May 8, 2009
This year the Lost Jazz Shrines series honored Bradley's, the sorely missed pub and "communication headquarters" on University Place, known for much of its history as a venue for piano-bass duos. Reminiscing about Bradley's comes easy to bassist and former regular Ray Drummond
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