The Eye of the Hurricane

October 29th, 2012 § 0 comments

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As you may know, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz and Strings Series will start this Friday  with a tribute to legendary trumpeter Freddie Hubbard at First Light: A Tribute to Freddie Hubbard on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Theater of the Performing Arts at the Learning Corridor in Hartford.  Featuring Grammy award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch on Hubbard’s solo lines, other performers for this concert will include Jazz and Strings Artistic Director and HSO principal timpanist Gene Bozzi, HSO bassist Rick Rozie, frequent HSO arranger and pianist Walter Gwardyak, members of the HSO string section, and dance majors from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.

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Freddie Hubbard was one of the greatest hard-bop trumpeters of his era and was perhaps one of the greatest trumpeters ever to play in the jazz idiom (and arguably the most influential). He launched into mainstream popularity with his release of one of the first soul-jazz crossover albums “First Light.” The HSO will recreate some of Don Sebesky’s masterful arrangements for classical and jazz instruments, such as “Lonely Town” and “First Light,” as well as some of Hubbard’s hard bop classics, including “Arietis” and “Bolivia.” To highlight the unique rhythmic elements of Hubbard’s style, the HSO and Lynch will be joined by more than a dozen dance majors from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts on “First Light” and “Sky Dive.”

So as we all look forward to Friday night’s concert, here’s Hubbard on Herbie Hancock’s Eye of the Hurricane to get you through the next couple days…

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