Flutist, saxophonist, NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend Frank Wess grew up in DC with the late Dr. Billy Taylor, learning all about jazz firsthand while frequenting the local hot spots. He eventually landed in the Count Basie Orchestra for 11 years, where he contributed subtle and sublime interpretations. Ninety years young, Frank Wess is as popular as ever, praised by the Washington Post for his "soulful lyricism" and "great artistry." He performs with his sextet: Ilya Lushtak, guitar; Gregory Gisbert, trumpet; Noriko Ueda, bass; Kennedy Center favorite Winard Harper, drums; and Michael Weiss, piano.
Performance Timing: 75 minutes, with no intermission.
Audi of America is the Presenting Sponsor of the KC Jazz Club.
Additional support is provided by Carolyn and Bill Powers.
WAMU 88.5 FM and WPFW 89.3 FM are media partners of Kennedy Center Jazz.
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