Horace Silver http://wrti.org en Jazz Pianist and Hard Bop Composer Horace Silver Dies at 85 http://wrti.org/post/jazz-pianist-and-hard-bop-composer-horace-silver-dies-85 <p>When I first heard <strong>Horace Silver </strong>play piano, I said to myself, "this fellow must have been groomed in the African America church." Not quite...but somewhat close: his mother was of Irish-African descent, and did sing in church; and his father was of Afro-Portuguese heritage.</p><p>One could detect in his unique, straight-ahead jazz style, gospel, blues, soul and funk - well before the latter adjective found its way into the music lexicon.&nbsp;</p><p>Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers: Doodlin'</p><p>http://youtu.be/tu4o65SwUIw</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:18:42 +0000 Bob Perkins 7430 at http://wrti.org Jazz Pianist and Hard Bop Composer Horace Silver Dies at 85 Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85 http://wrti.org/post/legendary-pianist-horace-silver-dies-85 Pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404943/horace-silver">Horace Silver</a>, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85.<p>As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.<p>Silver grew up in Norwalk, Conn. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:25:03 +0000 NPR Music 7426 at http://wrti.org Eleven Pieces Of Silver: A Horace Silver Birthday Tribute on Big Band Jazz, Sept. 2nd at 7 pm http://wrti.org/post/eleven-pieces-silver-horace-silver-birthday-tribute-big-band-jazz-sept-2nd-7-pm <p>It's a Big Band Jazz 84th birthday tribute to Horace Silver. The pianist/composer was able to mix blues, funk, and soul into some of&nbsp;our best-known&nbsp;jazz standards. We'll feature 11 bands&nbsp;cookin' on&nbsp;"Sister Sadie," "Doodlin'," "Nica's Dream," and eight others. Don't miss it! <strong>Sunday, September 2nd, 7 to 8 pm.</strong></p><p>Here's one of Silver's most popular standards...do you recognize it?</p><p>http://youtu.be/FLdm1yuoU_Q</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 22:26:00 +0000 Bob Craig 4361 at http://wrti.org Eleven Pieces Of Silver: A Horace Silver Birthday Tribute on Big Band Jazz, Sept. 2nd at 7 pm