Frank Wess And Terell Stafford On JazzSet

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Wess' Set List

  • "Once Is Not Enough" (Frank Wess)
  • "Eternal Triangle" (Sonny Stitt)
  • "Cottontail" (Duke Ellington)

Frank Wess Quintet

  • Frank Wess: tenor saxophone and flute
  • Terell Stafford: trumpet
  • Ilya Lushtak: guitar
  • Rufus Reid: bass
  • Winard Harper: drums

Stafford's Set List

"Time to Let Go" (Terell Stafford)

"Blame It on My Youth" (Edward Heyman, Oscar Levant)

"Blues for JT" (John Stafford)

Terell Stafford Quintet

  • Terell Stafford: trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Tim Warfield: saxes
  • Bruce Barth: piano
  • Phil Palombi: bass
  • Dana Hall: drums

Born in 1922 in Kansas City, NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess was a ripe 86 this night at the KC Jazz Club in Washington, D.C. A few months earlier, Wess' trumpet man Terell Stafford had brought his own group to the same room. We pair highlights from the two, with Stafford playing across the hour, on this episode of JazzSet.

Raised here in Washington, D.C., Wess was a major player in the post-WWII Count Basie Orchestra. He introduced the flute to the Basie band more than half a century ago. Together, the flute and muted trumpet are a hip combination from that era. (Wess is one of the last remaining saxophonists from that post-WWII edition of the Basie band.) Together, the flute and muted trumpet are a hip combination from that era, as Wess and Stafford recall on Sonny Stitt's bebop tune "The Eternal Triangle." Wess' "Cottontail" steps back even further, to Duke Ellington circa 1940, and it really moves. On his latest album, Once Is Not Enough, Wess leads an octet.

Along with other talents, Stafford is a great ballad player in "Blame It on My Youth." His dad wrote the closer, "Blues for JT."

Terell directs Jazz Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He plays from his knees, paints the air with his bell and sweetens the room with his warm and brilliant tone, whether with Bobby Watson and Horizon, the Clayton Brothers, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra or the Terell Stafford Quintet. This summer he'll be at the Port Townsend Jazz Camp in Washington state, Litchfield (Conn.), Vail (Colo.) and Detroit Jazz Festivals. One of those is probably near you.

These sets at the KC Jazz Club took place on Nov. 21, 2008, and March 7, 2008, respectively.

Mixes by Duke Markos with Big Mo Recording.

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