Horace Silver was one of the key figures in the development of Hard Bop, as band leader, pianist and composer. He and Art Blakey were the founders of the Jazz Messengers which in its early life was a co-operatively run band.
As a pianist Horace Silver was a major contributor to the change from bop to hard-bop piano styles in that he emphasised melody rather than harmonic complexity. He influenced a later generation of commercially oriented jazz pianists such a sRamsey Lewis and Les McCann. But he also influenced Cecil Taylor whose legacy was forged in a different direction.
As a composer he produced classics such as Cape Verdean Blues, Song for My Father and Peace, songs that have remained in the repertoire of groups that keep alive the hard bop legacy.
As a bandleader Horace, like Blakey after him ‘discovered’ many great young talents like Joe Henderson, Benny Maupin, Art Farmer among many.
Horace Silver died five years ago on June 18thand this night celebrates his music and his achievement as well as that of his original partner in the Jazz Messengers Art Blakey.
Andrew Dickeson – drums/leader
Al Davey – trumpet
Michael Gordon – tenor saxophone
Peter Locke – piano
General – $17.00 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show – $37.00 incl booking fee