About This Event
Doors Open:10:00 PM
Show Time:10:00 PM
Lee Morgan is remembered as one of the greatest trumpet players to ever grace the hallowed halls of jazz. In his short lifetime, he managed to record over 25 albums, several of which are still considered classics, and have influenced innumerable musicians to hit the scene since his death. Concord Records recording artist Ben Williams is one of those artists. Celebrated as a bassist and composer, he recently released his first record, State of Art (2011). The disc features a track entitled “The Lee Morgan Story,” which is just that – a four-minute tune that tells the story of Morgan’s life from beginning to end. New York-based emcee John Robinson supplies the lyrics, while renowned trumpeter Christian Scott complements Robinson’s rhymes with an expansive and continuous solo unfolding in the background. Williams, in tribute to Morgan’s legacy, has written a slew of new and exciting arrangements of Morgan’s classic music for this special performance with Robinson and a slew of notable musicians.
John Robinson – MC
Leron Thomas – Trumpet
Ben Williams – Bass
Justin Brown – Drums
Marc Cary – Piano
Special Guest Raydar Ellis (DJ & Vocals)
This is a general admission, standing event.
This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s Concert Window channel, beginning at 10pm.
Leron Thomas’ musical journey began in his hometown of Houston Texas, always inspired by family rich with respect and understanding of quality music. After graduating from Houston’s distinguished High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, he ventured to New York City to develop as a trumpet player and composer, enrolling in Manhattan’s The New School.
While studying, his own music was evolving and maturing. Recognized for this he began performing professionally with various artists including Bilal, Billy Harper, Charles Tolliver and Roy Hargrove. The quality of his original compositions was enhanced when playing live alongside talented peers Robert Glasper, Damion Reid, Vicente Archer, Marcus Strickland, Harold O’Neal, Isaac Smith, Reggie Quinerly and Omer Avital. Leron graduated from The New School in 2003 with an identifiable sound, recognized by The New York Times, amongst others. Staying in Manhattan to pursue his professional career as a writer and trumpet player, Leron worked with many more artists from a variety of genre’s including Michael Stipe, Lauryn Hill, Bobby Watson and Mos Def, to name a few. Subsequently he found ways to liberate himself through a natural, fluid progression into writing and performing ‘other music’. These compositions required his personal trumpet tone along with his vocals to emphasize the diverse sound. From 2004 onwards he developed this genre-crossing music incorporating jazz, blues, pop, country, electro-pop and rock. With seven independently released projects and critical acclaim Leron explores a range of artistic media. Having music in film he also featured in an independent short film 2010 and currently appears on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Bubblers Eight.
Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.
Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.