I extol the virtues of life in New York, but beautiful things are created when bold explorers like myself cross into other states, too. On Saturday, September 1, at the University of Scranton, PA, Loren Schoenberg and The National Jazz Museum in Harlem presented “Tribute to Prez: The Life and Music of Lester Young” featuring The Michael Kanan Quartet, with saxophonist Larry McKenna, string bassist Murray Wall, and drummer Doron Tirosh. Loren wasn’t able to make it, but his perception and generosity made a wonderful musical event take place. Thanks are also due Cheryl Y. Boga, Tom Cipriano, and photographer John Herr.
JUST YOU, JUST ME:
LADY BE GOOD:
I had the honor of being there, getting to say a few words about Lester alongside Michael and Larry (to a hip audience) and recording the concert, nine extended beautifully floating performances which captured Lester’s spirit while enabling everyone to “go for himself.” Here are the first three, which require only open-hearted appreciation . . . no explication needed. Just sweetness everywhere.
May your happiness increase!