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Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet Project 2011

Event Details

Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet Project 2011

Time: April 9, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Lincoln Park Performing Art Center
Street: One Lincoln Park
City/Town: Midland, PA 15059
Website or Map:…
Phone: (724) 643-9004
Event Type: musical, tribute
Organized By: Dale Fielder
Latest Activity: Apr 6, 2011

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Event Description

Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Tribute Project
performed by the
Dale Fielder - baritone sax
Jamie Moore - trumpet
Eric Johnson - guitar
Dave Budway - piano
Paul Thompson - bass
Tom Wendt - drums

The Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961 was one of the great unsung groups in jazz history. Over shadowed by a golden age of great jazz groups, they were a favorite of musicians and fans alike. Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams were each a product of the fertile Detroit jazz scene of the late 1940s and early 1950s. They were the right musicians at the right time when they arrived in New York in the mid fifties, particularly in the rapidly expanding realm of jazz recording that was spurred by the new 12-inch, 33 1/3 rpm long-playing record. They were each in demand and heard frequently on numerous historical recordings that influenced the next generation of jazz trumpeters and saxophonists. Finally in 1958, they decided to consolidate their partnership by co-leading a jazz quintet and began touring the country non-stop for the next three years as well as documenting their partnership on recordings. They recorded a number of timeless jazz albums and contributed a number of new jazz standards to the jazz canon as well as discovering and introducing to the world two great pianist/composers: the great Herbie Hancock and Duke Pearson. Tonight the Dale Fielder Tribute Sextet reprises compositions and arrangements that the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet performed. Big thank you to Sal Aloe and Lincoln Park Performing Art Center for making this possible. It is our honor to perform these classic jazz pieces and bring them back to life for one evening as our way of paying homage to one of the great partnerships in jazz.
~Dale Fielder

Call (724) 643-9004 for details and tickets
More info forth coming . . .

Dale Fielder endorses and performs on Jupiter XO and Artist Saxophones.
This program has been made possible through a grant from Jupiter Band Instruments and Brighton Music

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