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This new band is made up of Logan Richardson and Walter Smith III on saxophones, Matthew Stevens on guitar, Gerald Clayton and Kris Bowers on the keys, Ben Williams on the bass and Jamire Williams on drums. And one other big deal is the appearance of trumpeter Christian Scott, aka Christian aTunde Adjuah, on half the album.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Tiny Desk Concert

Artists don't usually tell long, rambling stories for us. They don't usually name their tunes "Ku Klux Police Department." The trumpeter presents his jazz-hybridized "stretch music" in performance. #jazz

Johnny Hodges was born July 25, 1906 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He took up the soprano saxophone at 14. He worked in Boston and New York during the mid-1920s, playing in bands led by Lloyd Scott, Chick Webb, Bobby Sawyer, Luckey Roberts, and Bechet. He joined Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1928 and was the band's most-featured soloist for the next four decades. In 1951 he formed his own combo.

Roy Hargrove Roy Hargrove live @ Montlouis / Festival Jazz en Touraine 2011. Copyright Xavier Chertier - tous droits réservés - all rights reserved. Contacter l'auteur avant toute utilisation - contact the author before any use. Disponible en tirage d'art numéroté et signé - available in fine art limited edition, hand signed.