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June 13, 2007

Pianist Harold Mabern to Appear at Cellar Jazz

Written by
cindy mcleod

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Harold Mabern
Friday, June 29
The Cellar, Vancouver

Hard Bop legend to perform Vancouver Jazzfest Date

Hard bop pianist Harold Mabern makes a rare Canadian appearance when he appears June 29th at the Cellar in Vancouver. Sharing the bill with New York alto saxophonist Mike Dirubbo, the group is filled out by Vancouver bassist Andre Lechance and drummer Blaine Wikjord.

Born in Memphis, early in his career Harold Mabern played in Chicago with MJT + 3 in the late 50’s and then moved to New York in 1959. Performance credits include Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, the Jazztet (1961-1962), Donald Byrd, Miles Davis (1963), J.J. Johnson (1963-1965), Lee Morgan (1965), Hank Mobley (1965), Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams (1966-1967), and Sarah Vaughan.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mabern led four albums for Prestige Records, performed with Lee Morgan, and recorded with Stanley Cowell’s Piano Choir. Harold Mabern has recorded as a leader for DIW/Columbia and Sackville and toured with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble (1993-1995).

A longtime faculty member at William Paterson College, Mabern is a frequent instructor at Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo is among the elite players of New York City’s straight-ahead jazz scene. He’s influenced by two of the giants of the instrument, Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean. His latest release is New York Accent (Cellar Live).

Friday, June 29
Harold Mabern & the Mike DiRubbo Quartet
Harold Mabern (piano), Mike DiRobbo (alto saxophone), Andre Lechance (bass), Blaine Wikjord (drums)
Cellar Jazz, Vancouver

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