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Houston Person with the John Toomey Trio at Old Dominion University

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Dizzy Gillespie said of Houston Person, “He's one of the best... He's got bull chops!" Those “bull chops" got quite a workout when Person visited Old Dominion University as the guest performer of the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. The tenor saxophonist arrived early in the week to preside over a series of master classes as well as rehearsing and performing with the Old Dominion Jazz Choir and Jazz Orchestra. To cap off his week Person performed with ...

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Houston Person & Ron Carter: Remember Love

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Saxophonist Houston Person and bassist Ron Carter, now in their eighties, have been performing and recording as a duo for almost three decades now (Remember Love marks their seventh album in that format since Something in Common was released on Muse in 1990). Remember Love was recorded in March 2018 at the renowned Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood, New Jersey, which has a number of good points (clarity is a given) and others that some observers ...

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Houston Person: Rain or Shine

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Tenor saxophonist Houston Person, now in his eightieth decade, has made no concessions to Father Time, choosing instead to use his many years in the jazz trenches to forge a style all his own, bathed in blues and soul but never turning a deaf ear to the allure of a seductive and tasteful melody. Each of these components is clear as the midday sun on Rain or Shine, a well-designed studio session on which Person shares the front line with ...

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Houston Person at Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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Houston Person Quartet Turtle Point Club House Kiawah Island Concert Series Kiawah Island January 8, 2017 No rough edges, no experimentation, music just as smooth as chocolate pudding. A perfectly molded musical travelogue down memory lane. Not a formula for a grand performance, but somehow tenor saxophonist Houston Person makes it work, time after time. Person is a throwback to the simpler and easier times of the 1940's. The songs familiar, the ...

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Houston Person: Nice 'n' Easy

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Even though Houston Person isn't, strictly speaking, a “Texas tenor"--he hails from Florence, SC--the crafty veteran hits the mark in almost every other respect, from his clear and powerful sound to his unremitting propensity to brighten a melody and to swing under any and all conditions. On his latest album, Person, still marshaling all the right notes at age seventy-eight, is said to be taking it Nice 'n' Easy, but that's anyone's guess, as he makes what he does sound ...

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Houston Person: So Nice

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Mom's meatloaf is wonderfully predictable. You always know what you're going to get, and after decades, you've come to rely on it. Why? Because there's something intimately reassuring about knowing that when you go back for more, it's the same as the last time. A recipe change would be simply unthinkable. It's comfort food. Oh, and by the way, it's delicious. Houston Person albums are like mom's meatloaf. There are never any surprises. The name on the cover ...

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Houston Person: Moment to Moment

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Tenor saxophonist Houston Person's Moment to Moment begins with an instant nostalgia trip to the classic Blue Note Sessions of the 1960s. It should not come as any surprise, then, that this album was recorded in the legendary Van Gelder Studios in Englewood Cliffs, NJ by the man himself, Rudy Van Gelder--rarely a bad thing. The tenor and trumpet front line in the opener, “Bleeker Street," would be at home on an old Donald Byrd or Tina Brooks ...

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Houston Person: Mellow

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Houston Person's Mellow could easily have been called “Up Close and Personal." With dozens and dozens of recordings to his credit, it's just the latest in a long list of exemplary sets that always evidence the warmth of his tone and the directness of his tenor sax phrasing. Also mixed in as well is a funky R&B feeling. That is particularly noticeable on the bouncy “Sunny" that opens the set. Everyone gets into a sweet heat, most notably when James ...

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Houston Person: The Wizard of Jazz A Tribute to Harold Arlen, Well,Alright! Nancy Kelly Live, A Song For You

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Peter Hand Big BandThe Wizard of Jazz: A Tribute to Harold Arlen (feat. Houston Person)Savant2009 Nancy KellyWell, Alright!: Live! with Houston PersonSaying It With Jazz2009 Ernestine AndersonA Song For YouHighNote2008 As he continues on well into his 8th decade as the go-to tenor sax man, the ...

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Houston Person: Don't Misunderstand & Thinking of You

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Etta Jones/Houston Person Don't Misunderstand HighNote 2007 Houston Person Thinking of You HighNote 2007

Collaborations are ubiquitous in jazz. Legendary ones are rarer, but still existent. When one of the two talents involved passes away and is survived by the other, many listeners refuse to let go of the memory and ...

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Houston Person: Having a Good Time

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We met Houston Person in July at Estoril Jazz, the oldest jazz festival held in Portugal. He was due to play with Joey DeFrancesco but as the Hammond B3 player missed the show he jumped from guest to main attraction. Before the concert we had the chance to interview this much underrated tenor saxophonist and talk about his 40 years of jazz playing and his relationship with audiences all over the world.

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Houston Person: To Etta With Love

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With an increasing emphasis on high-priced concert venues and large summer festivals, one forgets that for the longest time jazz resided in the not-quite-PC environment of the smoky bar. And while there's nothing wrong with jazz reaching a larger public through bigger venues, there's something about the ambience of a club that's lost in larger, more opulent settings. Hearing a great band in a club was always an event, but more intimate, more relaxed. Every now and then, though, an ...


Emmanuel

Michel Colombier, one of the most prolific French film composers for over four decades, was enthralled by the sound of American jazz. He released this touching piece on his album "Wings" in 1972 and dedicated it to his son "Emmanuel" who passed away at the age of 5. On the recommendation of my producer Chris Montgomery, I arranged it for my Album "Without You" and recorded the music video in Oktaven Audio Studios, NY under the fantastic direction of Michael Robayo & Site B Studios featuring Simon Mulligan on piano. The recordings of Chris Botti and Branford Marsalis also highlight this incredibly sublime music.

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