Saturday, March 1
Bobby Watson & Horizon 30th Anniversary and Christian McBride Trio
Horizon, under the leadership of saxophonist Bobby Watson, has stayed true to its sound. After completing his tenure as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (eventually becoming musical director), Watson co-founded Horizon with drummer, Victor Lewis an acoustic quintet modeled after the Jazz Messengers but with its own slightly more modern twist, and recorded three seminal albums from 1988-91 for Blue Note Records. Now celebrating their 30th Anniversary, Hard bop masters Watson and Lewis have reunited, and have reunited with by trumpeter Terell Stafford, Portland native bassist Essiet Essiet, and pianist Edward Simon. Watson, a Kansas City native and current professor at KU, galvanized last years festival with his appearance as part of the Art Blakey Legacy Band.
Fully embracing his role as standard-bearer and mentor at age 41, Grammy® Award winning premier bassist Christian McBride and Mack Avenue recording artist introduces his latest working group in a trio format. Comprised of pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., these young and emerging talents have anchored McBride’s smokin’ Inside Straight ensemble. Since the early 1990s, McBride has released 11 recordings as a leader and performed on over 300 as a sideman for Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Roy Haynes, John McLaughlin and Kenny Garrett, among others.
McBride who last played Portland three years ago with Inside Straight at Jimmy Maks, will debut the trio on a co-bill with Horizon. McBride was given his first professional gig at 17 with Watson.