This was absolutely one of the very best shows of the year, of my life! I mean, Henry Butler, Donald Harrison, and are among the very best in their field. The other 3 that I was not familiar with certainly held their own. The drummer! The drummer! The drummer! Intense and excellent!
It must have been more than an hour. It felt like 3. Every note, every beat, every pluck of the bass string was riveting.
When they said they were going to end with a Blues piece, I thought "Really?". It was a very uplifting piece reminiscent of . "Hidey hidey hidey ho ... Let it roll Let it roll ..."
What a show!
New Year’s Eve Week: STRUTTIN’ WITH SOME BARBECUE!
Henry Butler – piano
Donald Harrison – alto saxophone
Sean Jones – trumpet
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Ben Wolfe – bass
Ali Jackson – drums
We bid farewell to 2009 and ring in the New Year with six scintillating nights of celebratory music from “the Big Easy,” New Orleans. Pianist Henry Butler, saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., and an all–star sextet – its name inspired by the fabled Louis Armstrong recording of 1927 – will bring the excitement of a Crescent City street parade to our stage as they romp and stomp through a boundless book of standard and original tunes. Jazz Standard will be the place to be, every night for the New Year!