The Harry Goldson Quintet will perform on Thursday, September 11 at the Old Art Building in Leland featuring live jazz music on stage at the W.T. Best Theater. Harry will be accompanied by Dave Hay on piano, Elgin Vines on bass, Mike Van Lente on percussion, and Jim Cooper on vibraphone. A reception will be held prior to the concert at 7 pm; the show will begin at 7:30 pm.
Harry Goldson’s musical roots go back to Chicago’s West Side during the 1930’s . . . home to such Jazz legends as Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, Jimmy McPartland, Gene Krupa and Dave Tough. Attending the famed Austin High, considered by many music scholars to be the birthplace of swing, Harry became immersed in this music. During the Big Band heydays, Harry moved on to tour with many of the country’s leading dance bands, and played a major role in the creation of the ‘cool sound’ of modern jazz. Recording under his own name, Harry has produced nine CD’s and most recently the CD ‘Let’s Dance’.
Dave Hay, piano, is a ‘first-call’ performer, recording artist, and educator based in Grand Rapids, and has been a very prominent part of the Michigan Jazz scene for many years. Dave is the pianist featured on several of Harry Goldson’s recordings that were made in Chicago - including ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Never So Cool’ and ‘Flirtations’.
Elgin Vines has been described as one of the most sought-after jazz bassists in Western Michigan, playing professionally since the late sixties. Most notably, Elgin maintained an eight-year stint as a member of the ‘New Direction’, appearing on The Tonight Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and the Ed Sullivan Show. The West Michigan Jazz Society named him ‘2005 Jazz Musician of the Year’ with a cover story in their June-July publication, ‘Jazz Notes’.
Mike Van Lente, noted drummer, and percussionist . . . has performed with Clark Terry, Bill Carrothers, and the John Shea Trio, among others. He is a valued member of the Cooper, Hay, Van Lente Group which has several CDs to their name. Mike is also a dedicated music educator on the faculty of Hope College.
Jim Cooper, vibraphonist, pianist, and composer has been playing for more than 30 years leading numerous groups and making appearances as soloist and sideman. A Delmark recording artist and long-time music educator, Jim has toured worldwide and has three CDs under his own name.
This concert is sponsored, in part, by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.