Jazz and funk saxophonist Donald Harrison aka The Big Chief of Congo Square and the creator of Nouveau Swing jazz is set to play The Blue Note Jazz Club April 7 - 13. He will be joined by jazz and funk trombone master Fred Wesly and funk guitar master Leo Nocentelli . Mr Wesly, and Mr Nocentelli have both collaborated on million selling hits and are two of the main creators of funky music on their respective instruments. Mr Wesley played the iconic solo on James Brown's classic hit, "We're Gonna' Have A Funky Good Time", and was a member of Mr. Browns band in it's hey days. Leo Nocentelli collaborated on all the hit recordings of the influential Funky Meters of New Orleans. When these legends of jazz and funk music take the stage it will be historic evening of some of the funkiest and swingingest good time music on the scene today. Christian Scott who started in Harrison's band and has used his career to expanded on Harrison's Nouveau Swing style is also on the bill. The group will include Joe Dyson on drums, Zaccai Curtis on piano, Jason Moran's young cousin Max Moran on Bass, and Detroit Brooks on guitar.
|Donald Harrison ft Leo Nocentelli, Fred Wesley, Christian Scott & More
Donald Harrison is rightly regarded as one of the most influential musicians on the scene today. The son of late great Big Chief Donald Harrison, he began working with Roy Haynes at age 19 and Jack McDuff at age 20. He joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at age 21 and soon co-led a deeply influential group with Terence Blanchard. In addition to his collaborations with luminaries like Christian Scott, Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut, Lena Horne, and Eddie Palmieri, he is a prodigious bandleader, having released a number of well-received records, the latest of which is Quantum Leap (2011).
Legendary bandleader, trombonist and author Fred Wesley is one of the forefathers of funk who still is setting the standard with his jazz-funk band The New JBs. As music director for James Brown and the JBs, arranger for P-Funk and one third of the amazing JB Horns, he secured his place in funk history forever.
Wesley became a force in jazz in 1978 when he joined the Count Basie Orchestra. He released his first jazz album as a leader, "To Someone," in 1988. In the early 1990s, Wesley toured with his colleagues from the James Brown band, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker, as the JB Horns. In 1996, Wesley formed his own band, The Fred Wesley Group, now known as Fred Wesley and the New JBs.
Wesley's 35-year career includes playing with and arranging for a wide variety of other artists such as Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Randy Crawford, Vanessa Williams, The SOS Band, Cameo, Van Morrison, Socalled and rappers De La Soul, to a name a few. Many other artists have sampled his work.
Known throughout the music industry as the "funkiest, fast-fingered" guitarist there is, a musician who can control your mind, body and soul with his experience, superior talent, musical mastery and inimitable style, he is LEO NOCENTELLI.
Leo is the lead guitarist, composer, innovator and the musical originator of the syncopated funk style that won international acclaim for him and the band known as the "Pioneers of Funk," The Meters, who are 2001 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners. Over two plus decades, Leo's sound and style, ranging from Funk, Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rap to Rock, have added to the creation of his own unique brand of blazing musicianship. He has accompanied and collaborated with artists as varied as his style. As the sole writer of such hits as (to name a few) "Cissy Strut," "Look A Py Py," "Same Ol' Thing," "Rigor Mortis," "Funky Miracle," "9 to 5," "Ease Back," "Lonesome and Unwanted People," "The World is A Little Bit Under the Weather," and "Cordova" (and at times generously sharing credits with a vehicle he called The Meters), Noncentelli gained early recognition among his peers. Leo has recorded with a list of Grammy Award Winners, such as Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, The Winans, The Supremes, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, George Duke, The Dells, Jack Bruce, Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Womack, Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire), Robbie Robertson, and Academy Award winner Robert Mitchum. Other artists Leo has recorded with include Mavis Staple, Etta James, Maceo Parker, Professor Longhair, Willie T, James Black, Lee Dorsey, James Booker and Jesse Roden.
Trumpeter, composer, and producer Christian Scott was born on March 31, 1983 in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of 13, he was given the chance to play with his uncle, jazz alto saxophonist Donald Harrison. By 14, he was accepted into the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts where he studied jazz under the guidance of program directors Clyde Kerr, Jr. and Kent Jordan.
Once he graduated NOCCA, Scott received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Between 2004 and 2006, while attending Berklee, he was a member of the Berklee Monterey Quartet, recorded as part of the Art:21 student cooperative quintet, and studied under the direction of Charlie Lewis, Dave Santoro, and Gary Burton. He majored in professional music with a concentration in film scoring.
His debut album for Concord Records, "Rewind That," received a Grammy nomination. Scott received the Edison Award in 2010 and 2012. Since 2002, Scott has released eight studio albums, and two live recordings.