Fourteenth Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert

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Date: June 8, 2015
Contact: Todd Bolton, 304-535-6026

On Saturday, June 27, 2015, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will host the Fourteenth Annual Don Redman Heritage Awards & Concert. This year’s event will honor and feature master jazz pianist, George Cables and legendary trumpeter, Dr. Eddie Henderson. The two men will be joined by the Howard Burns Quartet.

George Cables was born in New York City and classically trained as a youth. After attending the High School of Performing Arts, he went on to the Mannes College of Music, and by 1964 he was playing in a band called The Jazz Samaritans, which included such rising stars as Billy Cobham, Lenny White, and Clint Houston. Noted for his fresh interpretations of classic compositions and innovative style of writing, Cables has performed and recorded with great jazz legends including: Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Dr. Eddie Henderson grew up in San Francisco where he studied trumpet, flugelhorn, and music theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A truly versatile individual, between 1956 and 1961 he won the Pacific and Midwestern Figure Skating Championships and became the first African American to compete in National Figure Skating Championships. His first trumpet lesson came from Dizzy Gillespie, a friend of his mother, who was a dancer at the original Cotton Club. After three years in the air force, Henderson received a BS in zoology from Berkeley and an MD from Howard University. From 1968 until the late 1980s, he mixed music and medicine, playing and recording with such greats as John Handy, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, and Charles Earland. Dr. Henderson was previously honored in Harpers Ferry as a "Barrier Breaker" at the 2006 Niagara Movement Centennial commemoration.

These jazz greats will receive the Don Redman Heritage Award during the concert on June 27th. Previous recipients of this award include  jazz legends such as; Snooky Young, Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Hank Jones, Jimmy Heath, Curtis Fuller, John Handy, Jimmy Cobb, Jymie Merrit, Phil Woods, Harold Mabern, Charli Persip, Mickey Roker, Larry Willis and Larry Ridley.

This free awards program and concert will begin at 6:00 P.M on Saturday, June 27, 2015 on the lawn behind the Mather Training Center, on the former Storer College campus in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  For additional information contact the park’s Information Center at 304-535-6029.


Last updated: June 8, 2015

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