MAKING MELODY COME ALIVE: LARRY McKENNA, AARON SEEBER, DAVID WONG (March 18, 2018)

Listening to Louis Armstrong play, Bobby Hackett reportedly said to an observer, “Do you know how hard it is to make melody come so alive?”  Hackett knew, because he made such transformations happen for forty years of picking up the cornet.  I am sure that both Bobby and Louis would deeply admire the mastery of tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna, a legendary figure I got to meet a few weeks ago at a downtown New York restaurant.

Larry had made the trip (by Bolt bus!) from his Philadelphia home, and he was quietly dazzling — along with the sensitive playing of David Wong, string bass, and Aaron Seeber, drums.

Such beauty might sound easy, but it isn’t easy to create.  So we salute Mr. McKenna, graceful, quiet, modest, yet building castles of feeling and sound right in front of us.

May your happiness increase!  

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5 responses to “MAKING MELODY COME ALIVE: LARRY McKENNA, AARON SEEBER, DAVID WONG (March 18, 2018)

  1. Wow. Larry’s opening bars immediately reveal his mastery. As Bobby Hackett remarked about Pops’ skills, Larry makes this look effortless. What a treat! Thank you Michael.

  2. Don"Zoot" Conner

    Larry’s version of one the prettiest songs ever written.Where’s he born all our lives?

  3. Anyone with the name McKenna… must be good.

  4. Larry is a superb musician—I have been blown away by his music over and over again. Every note is the best note when he plays!

  5. I’m so glad you got this! David is my mentor and friend, same with Larry

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