Celebrating a San Francisco Jazz Great’s Birthday

SFJAZZ is honoring Joe Henderson's memory on his birthday with a min-festival recreating his great albums

SFJAZZ is honoring Joe Henderson's memory on his birthday with a min-festival recreating his great albums (Photo: Courtesy of SFJAZZ)

April 20–23: It’s almost saxophonist Joe Henderson’s birthday. He died here in San Francisco in 2001, but he would have been 80 years old on April 24. No one played with more grace and expression than Henderson. His solo version of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” from the album with the same title is both ornate and restrained, and nicely captures that song’s quality of debonair despair.

SFJAZZ has always celebrated Henderson’s importance to the Bay Area, naming its small front-of-the-house venue the Joe Henderson Lab. And this week a quartet of Bay Area saxophonists are offering fresh takes on four of Henderson’s classic albums.  Dayna Stephens opens the mini-fest with a recreation of Henderson’s Power to the People April 20, then Patrick Wolff does Our Thing April 21. The great Howard Wiley recreates Lush Life on April 22, and then Mad Duran leads a band in Henderson’s 1966 Blue Note session Inner Urge on Sunday, April 23. You can’t go wrong. More details here.

Celebrating a San Francisco Jazz Great’s Birthday 20 April,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley's School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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