John Brown Quintet & "Little" Big Band with Cyrus Chestnut, piano
Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 8:00pm
A celebration of the life and music of legendary pianist Erroll Garner,featuring new, fresh interpretations of Erroll Garner's compositions and the standards he often played, all arranged for large ensemble. The award-winning John Brown Quintet specializes in performing music from the time-honored Bebop and Hard Bop eras of jazz, bringing new life to some of the best-known classics from the Great American Songbook and introducing original music. The group garnered national attention when its first recording reached #8 on the national JazzWeek chart, and stayed in the top 50 for 16 consecutive weeks. Featuring the classic instrumentation of two horns in the frontline along with the rhythm section, the John Brown Quintet sets the standard for John Brown's myriad ensembles. "Brown's woody bass tones are resounding and full of soulful authority...brilliant bass solo...solidly swinging and full of deep feeling from start to finish." -Jazz Times. John Brown is director of the Duke Jazz Program.