Bobby Watson & Horizon and James Carter Organ Trio
March 1, 2014 7:30 PM
Bobby Watson / saxophone
Terell Stafford / trumpet
Edward Simon / piano
Essiet Essiet / bass
Victor Lewis / drums
Horizon, under the leadership of saxophonist Bobby Watson, has stayed true to its sound. Two years after completing his tenure as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1977-1981, during which he appeared on 14 recordings the majority serving as the group’s musical director), Watson co-founded Horizon with drummer, Victor Lewis. The acoustic quintet is modeled after the Jazz Messengers but continues to have a slightly more modern twist. Horizon recorded three seminal albums from 1988-91 for Blue Note Records; subsequently they recorded a number of titles for other labels. Now celebrating their 30th Anniversary, Hard-bop masters Watson and Lewis have reunited – doing so with Horizons’ other key members: trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Edward Simon and Portland native, bassist Essiet Essiet.
“Watson has been producing some of jazz’s most optimistic compositions…” - New York Times
James Carter / saxophone, multi-reeds
Gerard Gibbs / organ, keyboards
Leonard King, Jr. / drums
The prolific multi-reedist and saxophonist James Carter, who has recorded 18 albums under his own name, will perform with his acclaimed Organ Trio. Joined by keyboardist Gerard Gibbs and drummer Leonard King Jr., this performance will mark Carter’s return to Portland since his last performance at the 2004 Mt. Hood Festival. Carter’s connection to the organ concept dates back to 1988 when he was a special guest with Lester Bowie which then led to an invitation play with the trumpeter as part of a new quintet (forerunner to Bowie’s New York Organ Ensemble), an inspirational turning point in Carter’s career.
“Carter’s ease with swing, bop and avant-garde styles also gave notice that staggeringly inclusive figure -
the apotheosis of the postmodern jazzman – was no among us” - The Washington Post
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