Andy Urquhart brings to the Isle of Wight for the first time, his tribute to Horace Silver. The project has been performed a number of times at Ronnie Scott's with Renato D'Aiello on tenor sax.
Andy is joined today by Gary Plumley and the rest of the "Alleycats" whose performances have proved so popular in recent years at the Jazz Weekend.
Horace Silver was a founding member of the Jazz Messengers alongside Art Blakey, and is widely credited for the development of "hard bop" which combined elements of blues, gospel, and R&B, with bebop-based harmony and rhythm. The new, funky hard bop was commercially popular, and helped to establish Blue Note as a successful business. With a unique and identifiable piano style, an (unusually) clean lifestyle and an affable personality allied to what was often decribed as an "all action approach" to piano playing, Silver was incredibly popular with audiences. He was also a prodigious writer, arranger and collaborator. His best selling album was "Song for my Father" and he is equally well known for creating standards such as Sister Sadie, Silver's Serenade, and the Jody Grind.