May 13, 2010, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Tribute to Horace Silver

Tickets: $15/$10 Members

Outpost Performance Space / Albuquerque
Horace Silver

Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, better known as Horace Silver, was born in 1928 in Norwalk, Connecticut. After working around Connecticut as a young man, Silver moved to New York in 1951, where he soon made his mark as one of the leaders of the new "hard bop" style. This music took the harmonic and rhythmic language of bebop and combined it with influences from gospel, blues and R&B. With Art Blakey, he co-founded the Jazz Messengers in the early 1950s before leaving to form his own group, which for decades has featured Silver's writing and has provided important early opportunities to rising jazz musicians such as Joe Henderson and Woody Shaw.

Silver's numerous compositions have formed the backbone of the hard bop repertoire and have been performed by countless jazz musicians. In addition to his many blues and gospel-influenced hard bop works, Silver has also incorporated ideas and rhythms from Latin music into his compositions. The famous "Song For My Father" and "Cape Verdean Blues" are influenced by the music of the Cape Verde islands, where his father was born, and also by the bossa nova of Brazil.

Silver's incredible output of great tunes and his funky, bluesy piano style give the Tribute Trio plenty to work with, the only difficulty is narrowing it down to one concert's worth of music!