New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Days 4-7: May 5-8, 2011
A memorial concert for longtime local trumpeter and educator Clyde Kerr Jr. was organized by his "best friend" and Improvisional Artists Quintet collaborator, saxophonist Kidd Jordan. Jordan opened the hour with a customary avant-garde rant, but then a frontline of nine horn players, tutored by Kerr over the years, took the tribute down a more traditional path. The opening dirge saw each playerincluding Jordan's sons Marlon and Kent, and local trombone stars Troy Andrews and Big Sam Williamsmake his or her own mournful statement.
Then it was jam timea foot-stomping blues with novel harmonic twists that rose to fever pitchas did the delighted audience.
All Photos: Steven Sussman
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