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The Larry McDonough Aster Sunday Jazz Series Presents: Watermelon Man – The Music of Herbie Hancock $10

Sunday, September 3, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Larry McDonough Aster Sunday Jazz Series presents classic jazz on the first Sunday of the month.

Larry McDonough Quartet

Larry McDonough, piano and keyboards
Richard Terrill, saxes
Matt Senjem, bass,
Dean White, drums

Do you think you know Herbie Hancock?

Classical child prodigy pianist
Listened to George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson.
Started jazz career with trumpeter Donald Byrd
Played with Miles Davis
Composed classic jazz standards in the 1960s including “Cantaloupe Island,” “Watermelon Man” and “Maiden Voyage”
Film composer
Composed the soundtrack “Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert” on television
Topped the charts with jazz funk in “Head Hunters” including “Chameleon” and “Watermelon Man”
Long association with Wayne Shorter
Academy Award winner

The Larry McDonough Quartet will celebrate the music life of Herbie Hancock. He was born April 12, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. He started playing piano when he was seven years old, and played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. He composed and recorded with trumpeter Donald Byrd in 1961 when he was 21. He recorded his first solo album “Takin’ Off” for Blue Note Records in 1962, and joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963 and began his long association with saxophone player Wayne Shorter. In the late 1960s he composed for film and television. He embraced new keyboards such as the Fender Rhodes piano, ARP Odyssey, ARP 2600, ARP Pro Soloist Synthesizer, a Mellotron and the Moog synthesizer III. In achieved cross-over success with “Head Hunters” including “Chameleon” and “Watermelon Man” and successive jazz-funk albums. He received the Oscar for Best Original Score for the film “Round Midnight” in 1986. He continued to move effortlessly between various musical presentations – solo piano, trios, classic jazz, funk and rap.

This is not a traditional “tribute” show where musicians imitate great artists. Each piece will be presented in the style of the recorded versions, but where they go from there cannot be predicted.

Music 8-10

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$10 cover charge will be added to your tab.


Sunday, September 3, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm