The Okanagan Jazz & Blues Society proudly presents: Acclaimed Toronto based Saxophonist/Composer Kirk MacDonald is touring Western Canada with the legendary American pianist Harold Mabern and joined by bassist Kieran Overs and Vancouver drummer Jesse Cahill.
Harold Mabern is a living legend. An American jazz pianist and composer, principally in the hard bop, post-bop, and soul jazz field. In 1959 he left Chicago to move to New York, his first stop being Birdland - where he met Cannonball Adderley who asked him if he wanted a gig. So begins a lifelong career, from Lionel Hampton's big band to accompanying vocalist which include Betty Carter, Johnny Hartman and Arthur Prysock, Mabern has toured with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, to really name just a few. Mabern also worked with Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Blue Mitchell (1966), Sarah Vaughan, and Joe Williams – his most recent recording is 2018 - The Iron Man: Live at Smoke with a quartet that featured Eric Alexander (tenor sax), John Webber (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums); in concert.
Kirk MacDonald is a powerhouse player in his own right, nominated for four Juno Awards, his album The Atlantic Sessions winning the 1999 Juno Award for Best Mainstream Jazz Album. With over forty albums as leader and sideman under his belt, worldwide touring with names like John Clayton, Rosemary Clooney, James Moody, Mike Stern, John Taylor to name a few, he is an educator at prestigious music schools and continues to tour.
The Quartet will be presenting music from both MacDonald and Mabern’s catalogue featuring Mabern on “Vista Obscura” which received the 2015 Juno Award for best Solo Recording in the jazz category and his latest release “Generations”, also with Mabern and his daughter, clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, bassist Neil Swainson and Drummer Andre White.
This will be a truly powerful and unique concert that has wowed sold out audiences throughout Canada and recently at NYC Lincoln Centre's “Dizzy's Club, Coca-Cola”. Not to be missed!