BCPAC caps sea­son with en­core of ‘The Philly Leg­ends of Jazz Tenor Bat­tle’

The Advance of Bucks County - - BUCKS COUNTY BUSINESS -

As a very spe­cial way to cel­e­brate the fi­nale of the Bucks County Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter’s 35th per­for­mance sea­son, BCPAC will present an en­core pre­sen­ta­tion April 1 of last year’s ac­claimed Philly Leg­ends of Jazz Tenor Bat­tle. Get tick­ets early as this year’s house should be at least as packed as it was last year. Show time is at 7:30 p.m.

Philadel­phia jazz leg­ends, Boot­sie Barnes, Larry McKenna and young le­gend, Tim Warfield, will “duke it out” on their saxes as three other top-notch mu­si­cians – Matthew Par­rish, sana Gierig, and By­ron Land­ham – com­plete the band. For this most likely fi­nal en­core, bassist Matthew Par­rish has man­aged once again to gather this group as he has known the leg­ends and the band for most of his 20-plus year ca­reer.

The tenor bat­tle con­cept harkens back to the golden era of big bands where they’d fea­ture their tenor sax soloists, mak­ing the au­di­ence wild with their repar­tee. With so few true big bands tour­ing th­ese days, the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence a real tenor bat­tle by tenor sax masters so close to home is a rare of­fer­ing.

As a kid in Philly, Boot­sie Barnes had Bill Cosby and jazz trum­peter Lee Mor­gan as his class­mates. He started play­ing mu­sic at the age of six, but found his niche at 19 when his grand­mother gave him a sax­o­phone. Boot­sie has world­wide ac­claim and ex­pe­ri­ence, but keeps his roots in the Philadel­phia area. He has an ex­ten­sive his­tory with the famed Philadel­phia and At­lantic City night club cir­cuits of the six­ties and sev­en­ties and he was an early leader in the or­ga­ni­za­tion that is now the Philadel­phia Clef Club. Boot­sie has a va­ri­ety of jazz sto­ries to tell, in­clud­ing his ap­pear­ance as him­self on The Bill Cosby Show, tours with Cosby, tours with big bands, the Al Grey ‘Count Basie All-stars’ among them, and play­ing at Man­hat­tan’s Bird­land and in the New­port Jazz Fes­ti­val.

An­other na­tive Philadel­phian, Larry McKenna has had quite the ca­reer. His im­pres­sive per­for­mance re­sume in­cludes tour­ing with band leader Woody Her­man, and ap­pear­ances with Clark Terry, John Fad­dis, Buddy aeFranco, Rose­mary Cloo- ney, Frank Si­na­tra, Tony Ben­nett, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, and Peter Nero & the Philly Pops. Larry brings his mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, which started at the age of 14, to a va­ri­ety of de­voted stu­dents, many of whom are now well-known pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians. In ad­di­tion to a long record­ing his­tory, Larry is also a prolific mu­si­cal ar­ranger. His ar­range­ments have been played on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Car­son” and in the movie “Birdy.”

Tim Warfield, Jr., a na­tive of vork, be­gan study­ing the alto sax­o­phone at age nine. Af­ter high school, Warfield at­tended Howard Univer­sity in Washington, a.C. for two years be­fore leav­ing to lead and co-lead groups in the Cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia and Baltimore/Washington ar­eas.

In 1990, Tim Warfield was cho­sen to be a mem­ber of trum­peter and CBS/Sony record­ing artist Mar­lon Jor­dan’s Quin­tet. In 1991 he was se­lected to record Tough voung Tenors on the Is­land/An­tilles la­bel, listed as one of the top ten record­ings of the year by the New vork Times. Warfield has made sev­eral tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances in­clud­ing the To­day Show, Bill Cosby’s vou Bet vour Life (where he was a mem­ber of the house band un­til 1992), and Ted Turner’s 1998 Trum­pet Awards. Ad­di­tion­ally, he has made numer­ous stage ap­pear­ances with such names as aon­ald Byrd, Michelle Rose­woman, Mar­cus Miller, Mar­lon Jor­dan, James Wil­liams, Chris­tian McBride, The Harper Brothers, aizzy Gille­spie, Isaac Hayes, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Ni­cholas Pay­ton, Charles Fam­brough, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Terell Stafford, Ste­fon Har­ris, Or­rin Evans, The New­port Mil­len­nium All Stars, “Papa” John ae­francesco, Joey ae­francesco, Clau­dio Raggazzi, aanilo Perez, and oth­ers. In 1994, he joined bassist and serve record­ing artist Chris­tian McBride’s group, where he re­mained a mem­ber un­til 1999.

In 2006, Warfield joined trum­peter and Maxjazz record­ing artist Terell Stafford’s Quin­tet. Tim is cur­rently serv­ing as a board mem­ber for the Cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia Friends of Jazz as well as an artist-in-res­i­dence at Mes­siah Col­lege in Gran­tham , Pa.

As the mu­si­cal ‘an­chor’ of this spe­cial band and its or­ga­nizer, Matthew Par­rish, a Bucks County res­i­dent, con­tin­ues to play jazz bass through­out the world. He has per­formed and recorded with many greats such as Al Grey, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edi­son, Clark Terry, Marian McPart­land, Etta Jones, Hous­ton Per­son, Paquito a’Rivera, Bobby au­rham, Mickey Roker, Shirley Scott, Win­ton Marsalis, Regina Carter, Ste­fon Har­ris, Jackie Ter­ra­son, Or­rin Evans, and Kenny Bar­ron. Matthew also en­joys com­pos­ing and ar­rang­ing mu­sic.

Pi­anist and com­poser sana Gierig is a man of worldly jazz ex­pe­ri­ence and has shared the stage with jazz stars in­clud­ing Win­ton Marsalis & the Lin­coln Jazz Cen­ter Orches­tra, Regina Carter, Lena Horne, Paquito a’Rivera, Ute Lem­per, Car­men Lundy, Miroslav sitous, and Will aown­ing. sana also has cre­den­tials as the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, artis­tic mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, com­poser, and pi­anist on Regina Carter’s #1 al­bum, ‘Pa­ganini: Af­ter a aream’ (serve/Uni­ver­sal), a his­toric moment where a non-clas­si­cal mu­si­cian was al­lowed to per­form on Pa­ganini’s price­less vi­o­lin.

By­ron Land­ham, drum­mer, born in Philly, ex­cels with a fine Philadel­phia rep­u­ta­tion as ex­em­pli­fied by his work with or­gan­ist/trum­peter Joey ae­Francesco, and the late or­gan­ist/pi­anist Shirley Scott. By­ron’s mu­si­cal pas­sion is with hard bop and soul-jazz. By­ron’s Philly drum­mer in­flu­ences in­clude the Bobby au­rham, Mickey Roker, and Butch Bal- lard, and By­ron got first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence know­ing all of them. He has also left the Philly cir­cles to play with Betty Carter, Lee Rite­nour, Randy John­ston, Rus­sell Malone, and Hous­ton Per­son.

The bat­tle takes place at the vard­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 64 South Main Street, vard­ley. The cen­tre of­fers an acous­ti­cally su­perb, his­toric venue within walking dis­tance of vard­ley’s shops and eater­ies. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door, but ad­vance ticket sales are en­cour­aged. vou are also wel­come to stay af­ter the con­cert for BCPAC’s spe­cial ‘Happy 35th Birth­day BCPAC’ re­cep­tion. Fi­nally, try your luck as the BCPAC raf­fles off sev­eral highly col­lectible, stuffed teddy bears. .

Per­for­mance tick­ets are $18, $15 (se­niors) and $10 (stu­dents). Tick­ets are avail­able by con­tact­ing the BCPAC of­fice at 215-493-3010, on­line through PayPal at their web­site (www.bcpac.org) or at the vard­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre prior to the con­cert.

Larry McKenna

Boot­sie Barnes

Vana Gierig

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