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January 3, 2007

Hard Bop Master Lou Donaldson to Appear in Vancouver

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz music live in Canada

Alto Saxophonist Lou Donaldson Performs at the Cellar

Hard Bop master Lou Donaldson, the legendary alto saxophonist and singer, will appear at the Cellar in Vancouver January 12, 13 & 14th. Donaldson will be joined by Mike Ledonne (Hammond B3), Randy Johnston (guitar) and Fukushi Tainaka (drums) for the rare Canadian appearances.

Donaldson began studying clarinet at the age of 15, but soon switched to alto. He attended college and joined the military, and began performing in a navy band with Willie Smith, Clark Terry, and Ernie Wilkins.

He moved to New York, where he began recording as a leader for Blue Note in 1952. That year saw the first of his recordings, two with Milt Jackson and Thelonious Monk, and several with small groups including Blue Mitchell, Horace Silver, and Art Blakey, followed by projects with Clifford Brown and Philly Joe Jones (1953).

In 1954 he and Brown joined Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Tommy Potter, forming a group that predated the legendary Jazz Messengers. The group was extensively documented by Blue Note. He performed in Stockholm (1965) and toured and recorded in Europe (1981-82).

His early work for Blue Note (1952-1962) showed his impressive mastery of the bop style, but when in 1963 he began to record for Argo, which specialized in funk, many felt some of his creativity was sacrificed for commercial success.

Upon his return to Blue Note in 1967, he made a series of recordings (through to 1975) blending elements of the two styles, often utilizing an electronic Varitone sax. In the early 80’s he returned to his roots, producing his subsequent soul-jazz and hard bop sound for Muse, Timeless and Milestone, incorporating organ in lieu of a piano to create his unique sound.

Known for his timeless style, stunning technique and his inspired, inventive sound, Donaldson is one of the frontrunners of the bop genre. This is a show not to be missed!

for more information visit www.cellarjazz.com

January 12, 13, 14
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Lou Donaldson (alto, voice), Mike LeDonne (Hammond B3), Randy Johnston (guitar, Fukushi Tainaka (drums)
Cellar Jazz / Vancouver

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