"Tenor Masters" Offers Plenty of Sax Appeal at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Friday March 23, 2012


“Tenor Masters” Offers Plenty of Sax Appeal at Jazz at Lincoln Center
By: Greg Thomas

Three distinct tenor sax voices ‘” Joe Lovano, Benny Golson and Bennie Maupin ‘” will share the stage Friday and Saturday at the Allen Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center for ‘The Music of the Tenor Masters.’

Lovano, 59, the musical director, is one of the reigning stars on tenor sax today.

‘When JALC asked me to put this event together, this celebration of the tenor masters in jazz, Benny Golson was the first one I wanted to have on the program,’ says the Hudson Valley resident. ‘He’s one of the true masters of all time, as a composer and as an improviser, and one of the leading voices in the music. ‘Benny Maupin, as well, is a true voice on the instrument and in the music. And with a rhythm section like Kenny Barron (piano), George Mraz (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums), we’re going to explore a lot of ways to play together. We’ll play compositions by some of the great instrumentalists in our history.’ The father of the tenor saxophone, Coleman Hawkins, will be the starting point. ‘We start out in the beginning playing his classic version of ‘Body and Soul,’ which happens to be the second-most recorded song in the history of song. Then, we’ll explore as individuals and come back as a threesome with rhythm section,” says Golson.

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