Joey DeFrancesco, Larry Coryell, Jimmy Cobb: A Tribute to Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery
B-3 organ kingpin Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery were key jazz innovators in the 1950s and '60s and are still both huge influences on today's musicians. Smith's bubbling organ escapades pioneered soul jazz, mixing up R&B, gospel, blues, and bop while working wicked grooves. Montgomery's trademark fluid style was an astute extension of Charlie Christian. Together, they were the Dynamic Duo, as one mid-'60s album was called. Meanwhile, the tribute threesome is pretty far along on the road to legendary status themselves, with a tasty new album out too: Wonderful! Wonderful!, named for the old Johnny Mathis hit. Joey DeFrancesco is a contemporary B-3 master. Jazz fusion pioneer Larry Coryell is an accomplished guitarist in numerous styles. And drummer Jimmy Cobb remains one of jazz's greatest timekeepers, who played on one of jazz's most celebrated albums, Miles Davis's Kind of Blue.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Aug. 1. Continues through Aug. 2, 2012
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