Lawrence Williams Project @ Jimmy Mak's w/Blue Cranes

Lawrence Williams was arguably the greatest Jazz composer AND drummer to have lived in the Pacific Northwest, and left behind a rich and original body of jazz compositions when he died in 2006.  His compositions have been recorded by master trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Grammy nominated vocalist Nancy King, Blue Note recording artist Geri Allen and the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, among others.

Saxophonist David Valdez leads the Lawrence Williams Project, a group dedicated to exploring the work of this stellar composer. The all star line-up features on Dan Gaynor piano (and musical director) and top NYC tenor saxophonist Kenny Brooks. Kenny has toured and recorded with Charlie Hunter, the Ohio Players, Steve Smith, Les Claypool, MMW, String Cheese Incident, and is a long time member of Bob Weir's (Grateful Dead) Rat Dog. Paul Mazzio, one of the Northwest's premier Jazz trumpet players will be rounding out the front line. Canadian bassist Michael Rousch will be making a rare US appearance with the project. Filling the drum chair of the late Mr. Williams will be Portland's own drum legend Todd Strait, who has toured and recorded with Karrin Allyson, Woody Herman, and Eldar Virtue.

Don't miss this all-star group as they perform the compositions of a true American master, on the evening before the recording of their first CD!

"Lawrence's music was raw, creative and challenging, and it legitimized my musical personality, much like Billy Strayhorn did for Duke Ellington.”-  Marcus Belgrave, 2006

The Lawrence Williams at Jimmy Mak's w/The Blue Cranes
May 14th, 8pm
221 Northwest 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209-3108
$10 cover charge

Video interview with Lawrence Williams


Johnny Hodges- Downbeat December, 1966

Here is a classic Johnny Hodges article from the December 1966
issue of Downbeat. Thanks Markos.

Johnny Hodges- Downbeat December, 1966


Joe Pass' solo on Cherokee

Dan Johnson just sent me his transcription of the late great Herb Ellis' playing rhythm guitar behind Joe Pass soloing on Cherokee from a duo record called Two for the Road.

Audio track of Cherokee
Cherokee solo-Concert
Cherokee solo-Bb

Two for the Road on Amazon