Tribute to Wes Motgomery – Rhea Miller Recital Hall, Saginaw Valley State University – Saginaw, MI – Nov 17, 2012
Tribute to Wes Motgomery
Saturday, November 17, 2012
7:30pm - All Ages
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Movin' Wes: The Music of Wes Montgomery
Nearly thirty years after his death from a heart attack at age forty-five, John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery remains the standard for modern jazz guitarists. He is to his idiom what Segovia is to the classical form, B.B. King to electric blues, and Jimi Hendrix to rock.
His style of music for one of the most distinctive and intoxicating sounds in improvisational music. Casting aside the customary plectrums in favor of his golden right thumb (as a youngster he found that playing with a pick disturbed his neighbors when he was learning the instrument in Indianapolis), his sound has special warmth. Montgomery spun long, rounded, single-note lines into passages of incredible block chords which, in turn, responded to his signature earth-tonal octaves.
Wes was signed to Riverside in 1959 on the recommendation of an overwhelmed Cannonball Adderley; The late alto saxophonist had caught the guitarist in Indianapolis with his brothers, the pianist Buddy and the late electric bassist Monk.
Always a gifted composer, though he didn't read music, Montgomery wrote catchy soft-rock and Latin-flavored themes such as "Bumpin' on Sunset" and "Road Song" and slinky blues.
Join Jeff Hall, Jeff Hasley, Dan Jacobs, and Joe Lulloff while they recreate his music through their performance!
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