FOR PRES (Part One): MICHAEL KANAN, LARRY McKENNA, MURRAY WALL, DORON TIROSH (Sept. 1, 2018, University of Scranton, PA)

Michael Kanan, Larry McKenna, Murray Wall, Doron Tirosh at the University of Scranton, Sept. 1, 2018. Photograph by John Herr.

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:

BLUE LESTER:

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!

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6 responses to “FOR PRES (Part One): MICHAEL KANAN, LARRY McKENNA, MURRAY WALL, DORON TIROSH (Sept. 1, 2018, University of Scranton, PA)

  1. Don "Zoot"Conner

    100 bravos!Three of Lester’s most-played tunes done with love and soul by a fine quartet.I don’t recall Michael Kanan looking so happy and Larry McKenna was Pres incarnate.Don’t know about him but he’s a gas I can hardly wait for more.And, thanks for the presentation,Michael and your cohorts,as well.

  2. Larry McKenna was once a legend in Philadelphia but he’s now legendary wherever he plays. He’s eighty but you can only hear it in his sweet melodic maturity.

  3. Pingback: FOR PRES (Part Two): MICHAEL KANAN, LARRY McKENNA, MURRAY WALL, DORON TIROSH (Sept. 1, 2018, University of Scranton, PA) | JAZZ LIVES

  4. What a wonderful sound.A great night of music.I have been listening to loads of Larry McKenna lately.All his albums as leader are superb.His latest with Bootsie Barnes is very good.Also listening to albums Larry did with Al Raymond and Craig Raymond.

  5. Horst Hohenboken

    Terrible acoustics

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