You're in the army now

A tribute to Lester Young, 'Prez'
feat Jimmy Halperin

19 December 2021 16:00 uur, Huis Kernhem, Ede.

The concert series  ‘You’re in the Army Now’ shines the limelight on legendary jazz musicians that served in the US Army during or around WWII. It is an underrated connection, because many jazz musicians were not only schooled in the Army Bands, but their army service also served as a stepping stone in their careers.

Lester Young has gone down in jazz history books  as one of the most influential tenor saxophonists. He got his nickname Prez (short for president) from singer Billie Holiday. His way of playing was very authentic and he was known for his special, open 'sound'.

Lester Young emerged in the days of the Big Bands, and his fame was partly due to his collaboration with Count Basie. His service in the U.S. Army was very difficult on him not only because of the racism but also because he wasn’t permitted to play his instrument. After a year, he was dishonourably discharged and started playing again. He played with all the greats of his time, such as pianist Teddy Wilson and singer Billie Holiday.

Lester Young's playing has profoundly influenced generations of sax players, such as Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz. The latter are also considered exponents of the 'Tristano school', just like the guest of this tribute: tenor saxophonist Jimmy Halperin, who also studied with Tristano. 

Lennie Tristano was an eccentric pianist who developed a completely unique musical style in the 1940s, elaborating on bebop. Both Halperin and host Edgar van Asselt were taught by one of the most important musicians from this movement: pianist Sal Mosca.

A very special concert to conclude the first half of the season. You can attend the concert live in Huis Kernhem as well as streaming from your living room. The number of live tickets is limited, so order your tickets now!

Line-up: Jimmy Halperin (sax) , Jos Machtel (bas), Henk Zomer (drums), Edgar van Asselt (piano).


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