Saxophonist Gregory Tardy came of musical age in New Orleans, then moved to New York after being picked up by drummer Elvin Jones' band. He found his way into a wide variety of groups — including a long tenure with Andrew Hill during the pianist's prolific final years — and made several albums as a bandleader. Still an international-caliber musician, Tardy has been less visible in the big city since he moved to Knoxville, Tenn., for a teaching position, but he returns here with his own concept and own band.
From the 92Y Tribeca in downtown New York City, Greg Tardy led his band in a double bill with bassist Omer Avital's Band of the East as part of the concert series The Checkout: Live. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.
All compositions by Gregory Tardy.
- "The Hidden Light"
- "The Plainclothed King"
- "Who Has Believed Our Message"
- "Oil Of Gladness"
- "Monuments" [video highlight]
- Greg Tardy, saxophone/clarinet
- Philip Dizack, trumpet
- Xavier Davis, piano
- Sean Conly, bass
- Jaimeo Brown, drums
Producer and Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes; Video Director: Stew Nachmias. Recorded Nov. 7, 2012 at 92Y Tribeca in New York, N.Y.