The series concludes on Saturday, December 2, with a special showcase for San Diego jazz legend Mike Wofford, entitled “Some Of My Best Friends Are…” Wofford takes his cue for the title of this program from a series of recordings by the late great bassist, Ray Brown. For this concert, he has assembled a cast of some of his favorite performers to play in intimate duos and other instrumental combinations: bassist John Clayton, drummer Lewis Nash, guitarist Larry Koonse, saxophonist/clarinetist Ken Peplowski, and the exceptional jazz flutist (and his wife), Holly Hofmann. Mike Wofford’s first performances date to the 1960s with the Lighthouse All-Stars and the bands of Shelly Manne, June Christy, and Shorty Rogers.
He has recorded and performed with a long list of major jazz artists, including Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Joe Pass, Quincy Jones, Benny Carter, Ray Brown, Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, Art Farmer, Kenny Burrell, Benny Golson, Oliver Nelson, James Moody, Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Zoot Sims, Frank Rosolino and Harry “Sweets” Edison, among many others. Wofford was also conductor and pianist for both Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. With this extraordinary career, it is no wonder that DownBeat recognized him as “one of the outstanding pianists of our time.”
Jazz @ TSRI – Sat Dec 2, 2017 @ 7:30PM
The Auditorium at TSRI – San Diego, CA
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