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Freddy Hubbard and The New Jazz Composers Octet Play Iridium for Hubbard's 70th Birthday

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Freddie Hubbard’s 70th Birthday
With
Freddy Hubbard and
The New Jazz Composers Octet
(Freddy Hubbard Bio)

Featuring:
Freddie Hubbard on Flugelhorn
David Weiss on Trumpet
Myron Walden on Alto Sax
Jimmy Greene on Tenor Sax
Norbert Stachel on Baritone Sax
Xavier Davis on Piano
Steve Davis on Trombone
E. J. Strickland on Drums
Dwayne Burno on Bass
at
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway, Corner of 51st St, NYC
212.582.2121
www.iridiumjazzclub.com

Media: Jim Eigo: jazzpromo@earthlink.net


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 26, 2008


Trumpet/flugelhorn player Frederick Dewayne (Freddie) Hubbard (b. 1938) came out of Indianapolis in the late 1950s to almost instant stardom as part of the new thing in jazz: hard-bop and beyond into modal playing, freedom of expression, soul jazz and, within a few years, the first inklings of fusion. By the mid-¹60s Hubbard had played with Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Oliver Nelson and spent several years in a featured role with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He appeared on some of the decade¹s watershed albums‹Coleman's Free Jazz, Dolphy's Out to Lunch, Rollins's East Broadway Rundown, Nelson¹s Blues and the Abstract Truth, Blakey's Mosaic, Free for All, Ugestsu and Kyoto, John Coltrane's Ascension and Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage. Courtesy of Jazz Promo Notes.

Freddy Hubbard returned to Iridium tonight for the first of his 70th Birthday celebrations with his New Composers Jazz Octet. The program opened with the Octet performing on its own, with a dynamic, full sound, blended and contemporary. Myron Walden took a solo sax theme, slowed down and re-fashioned by the ensemble, before Steve Davis took his own trombone solo. Soon Freddy Hubbard was onstage and signaled the musicians. Jimmy Greene seized the moment on tenor sax for a rippling, explosive riff. Hubbard then passed the riff to Xavier Davis on piano, for a wild, emphatic refrain.

Steve Davis wrote a new arrangement for a piece Hubbard composed for his one year-old son. Hubbard walked between the musicians to conduct his music, while Steve Davis carried the theme. Dwayne Burno was then featured, with rich, chordal echoes on his bass, repeating the earlier tones. When Xavier Davis was highlighted in his own solo, accompanied by E.J. Strickland on drums and Burno on bass, the music built in momentum, like Ravel’s Boléro, soft to spectacular. Burno’s solo with Strickland’s clavé percussion led through Hubbard’s “Take It to the Ozone”, written in Cracow, Poland, on which trumpet player, David Weiss, collaborated. The piece opened with a riveting drum flourish. The finale also featured Strickland’s drums, with power and pulse. The horns commanded attention with lows and highs, showcasing Norbert Stachel on baritone sax. During several works this set, Hubbard joined on flugelhorn, with impassioned energy, adding his own embellishments to the Octet’s renditions. Happy Birthday, Freddy Hubbard, and we’ll see you again soon.



The New Jazz Composers Octet
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Dwayne Burno
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Xavier Davis, Freddy Hubbard, Steve Davis

Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Freddy Hubbard and
The New Jazz Composers Octet
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Jimmy Greene on Tenor Sax
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Xavier Davis and Freddy Hubbard
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Xavier Davis, Freddy Hubbard, Steve Davis
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Freddy Hubbard on Flugelhorn
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Jimmy Greene, Dwayne Burno, David Weiss
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Xavier Davis on Piano
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Jimmy Greene, Dwayne Burno, and David Weiss
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Freddy Hubbard on Piano
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Myron Walden on Alto Sax
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


E.J. Strickland and Norbert Stachel
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Freddy Hubbard and
The New Jazz Composers Octet
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.


Freddy Hubbard Thanks His Fans
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower.




For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net