KC Jazz Club: Frank Wess Quintet
Flutist, saxophonist, NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend Frank Wess has been praised by the Washington Post for his "soulful lyricism" and "great artistry."
- Fri., Nov. 21, 2008
- Terrace Gallery
- 75 minutes
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Rufus Reid, bass
Winard Harper, drums
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Ilya Lushtak, guitar
Flutist, saxophonist, NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend Frank Wess grew up with Dr. Billy Taylor in DC, learning all about jazz firsthand while frequenting the Howard and Lincoln Theaters, Bohemian Caverns, and other local hot spots. He eventually landed in the Count Basie Orchestra for 11 years, where he contributed subtle and sublime interpretations. Now in his 80s, Frank Wess is as popular as ever, as indicated by his Quintet's April 2008 run at New York's Village Vanguard. His last performance in the KC Jazz Club, fronting his Flutology ensemble, led the Washington Post to praise his "soulful lyricism" and "great artistry." Part of "Jazz in DC," the Center's weeklong celebration curated by Dr. Billy Taylor that highlights DC's influence on the development of jazz.
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