One For All At The UCF Jazz Festival

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Set List

  • "Moon Blues" (Wonder, arr. Rotondi)
  • "Little Lucas" (Alexander)
  • "You've Changed" (Carey/Fisher)
  • "The End of a Love Affair" (Redding)

The nucleus of One for All took shape a decade ago in New York, at the Upper West Side restaurant Augie's. Drummer Joe Farnsworth ran a great jam session there, and One for All coalesced around that scene. Now, the jazz club Smoke lives at that location, and One for All keeps coming back.

Eric Alexander plays tenor sax in the co-op band One for All. i i

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Eric Alexander plays tenor sax in the co-op band One for All.

Eric Alexander plays tenor sax in the co-op band One for All.

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Saxophonist Eric Alexander came up in big-hearted, two-fisted soulful jazz, working for organist Charles Earland and other leaders. Alexander has a logical and quick approach to his instrument. His foil, trumpeter Jim Rotondi, is a great lead player who studied at North Texas State. Rotundi has been tagged as "post-Hubbard," in reference to the late Freddie Hubbard, the legendary trumpeter of the Jazz Messengers. Trombonist "Stevie-D" Davis comes from the Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute, established by another one-time Messenger whose long and influential career culminated in teaching at Hartt in Hartford, Conn.

One for All's Dave Hazeltine was not available, so first-call pianist Mulgrew Miller took over. John Webber and Joe Farnsworth are an ideal bass and drum partnership for young UCF musicians to study. After many years together, Webber and Farnsworth (who played with Cedar Walton at Newport 2009) keep it rock steady and always interesting.

As an interlude, the UCF Jazz Professors play "Grandfather's Waltz" by Lars Farnlof. They are Jeff Rupert on tenor (who's worked with Maynard Ferguson); Per Danielsson (who was mentored by legendary jazz educator Rich Matteson), piano; Richard Drexler, bass; and Marty Morell, drums. Professor Bobby Koelble takes the guitar solo.

Bottom line: Jazz is alive, and you can study it in Orlando.

This segment originally ran Oct. 16, 2008. Originally recorded Feb 23, 2008.

Credits

This show is made possible by NPR station WUCF. Thanks to Kayonne Riley. Recording engineer is Kendal S. Thomsen.

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