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Jazz Fest

About BHCC Jazz Fest

The BHCC Jazz Celebration series began in the spring of 1999 with a 100th birthday celebration for Duke Ellington. Continuing in this tradition for nearly two decades, the BHCC Jazz Fest has paid tribute to the contributions of jazz luminaries such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday, as well as the lesser known, but still important jazz musicians

An essential feature of the series from the beginning has been the collaboration between program organizers, professors Cindy Fong and Tim McLaughlin, and the Visual and Media Arts department. Each semester, students in a graphic design course create original posters to promote the upcoming concert.

Spring JAZZ CELEBRATION, Thursday, April 11: Tenor for Our Times featuring saxophonist Ricky Ford

Tenor saxophonist Ricky Ford’s appearance at BHCC on Thursday, April 11, 2019, will be a homecoming for one of the great saxophonists of the post-John Coltrane era. Ricky Ford grew up in Boston where he gained a formal music education at the New England Conservatory of Music while sitting in with many jazz greats who visited Boston in the early 1970s. These included Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins and Charles Mingus.

While barely out of his teens, Ford was recruited to play in the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington. He then joined the Charles Mingus band, taking part in many of Mingus’s last great recording sessions. After Mingus’s death, he played with longtime Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond (1978-81) and then joined the Lionel Hampton orchestra (1980-82). He then spent seven years in the group led by South African composer Abdullah Ibrahim (1983-90). With Ibrahim, Ford recorded some of Ibrahim’s most important albums, including Ekaya and Water from an Ancient Well.

Ford is a composer and band leader in his own right. He has recorded over twenty albums under his own name, the first in 1977, Loxodonta Africana, at the age of 23. While many saxophonists of his generation could not escape the sway of the great John Coltrane, Ford said in an interview, “I chose to go my own road.” His large body of work is distinguished not only by the originality of his saxophone playing but by his composition. He has one of the largest bodies of original works of any contemporary jazz musician.

From 1985-96, Ford directed the big band at Brandeis University (and also earned a Master’s degree in music composition).In the mid-1990’s he moved his family to Paris, and then from 2000-2006 to Istanbul to teach and lead a big band at Bilgi University. The small French town of Toucy in central France is now his home. After taking up painting, Ford opened an art gallery there in 2008 and that same year he also established the Toucy Jazz Festival. Ford continues to tour internationally and teach.


Tenor for Our Times

featuring saxophonist Ricky Ford

Ricky Ford, tenor saxophone
John Kordalewski, piano
Jerome Harris, bass
Barry Altschul, drums

With additional music by the BHCC Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, April 11, 2019
1-2:15 p.m.
A300 Auditorium


BHCC Jazz Celebration History


Spring 1999   Duke Ellington 100th Anniversary Celebration
Fall 1999 Gershwin 101
Spring 2000 The World of Folk Music
Fall 2000 Louis & Tiger – 100th Birthday Celebration for Louis Armstrong  featuring Tiger Okoshi
Spring 2001 Old Ship of Zion:  A History of the Gospel Tradition , written and performed by Dr. Horace Boyer
Spring 2001 Tribute to Miles Davis featuring Webster Young
Fall 2001 Return of the Tiger – Tiger Okoshi
Spring 2002 Semenya McCord’s Tribute to Billie Holiday: I Know About the Life 
Fall 2002 Langston Hughes, the Blues, and All That Jazz 
Spring 2003 Charlie Parker Tribute featuring Andy McGhee
Fall 2003 Celebrating 100 Years of the Blues featuring Mighty Sam McClain 
Spring 2004 A Love Supreme:  John Coltrane Tribute featuring Carl Grubbs 
Fall 2004 Carol Sloane Sings Ella and Carmen :  A Tribute to Jazz Greats Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae 
Spring 2005 Misterioso:  Thelonious Monk Tribute with John Kordalewski Trio and special guest Bill Pierce 
Fall 2005 Carol Sloane Sings (Mostly) Ellington with Brad Hatfield, piano
Spring 2006 The Makanda Project: The Music of Makanda Ken McIntyre 
Fall 2006 Jazz Brasil: The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, featuring Fernando and Sergio Brandão 
Spring 2007 Better Get Hit in Your Soul:  A Tribute to Charles Mingus, featuring Ku-umba Frank Lacy 
Fall 2007 Chasin’ the Blues Away:  Celebrating Horace Silver, featuring Horace Silver Quintet Alumni:  Ralph Bowen, Michael Mossman and Yoron Israel 
Spring 2008 Swingin’ with Count Basie, featuring the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra with guest vocalist Paul Broadnax 
Fall 2008 Where in the World’s Music Is Dizzy Gillespie? featuring the Bill Lowe Afro-Cuban Jazztet 
Spring 2009 The Beat Goes On:  A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, featuring Bill Pierce 
Fall 2009 Music Is the Magic:  A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln, featuring Diane Richardson, Bill Lowe, John Kordalewski, John Lockwood, and Yoron Israel 
Spring 2010 Miles Davis and Birth of the Cool, featuring the Greg Hopkins Nonet 
Fall 2010 Out There! Oliver Lake’s Tribute to Eric Dolphy, featuring Oliver Lake
Spring 2011 “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”:  Tribute to Dr. Billy Taylor, Jazz Ambassador to the World, featuring the Christian Sands Trio
Fall 2011 What’d I Say:  Genius + Soul – A Tribute to Ray Charles, featuring the Love Dogs 
Spring 2012 Supercussion: The Makanda Project featuring Warren Smith
Fall 2012 VISIONS:  The Music of Stevie Wonder, featuring Yoron Israel and High Standards
Spring 2013 Gypsy Jazz: Celebrating the Music of Django Rheinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, featuring the Ben Powell Gypsy Quartet
Fall 2013 Celebration of Jazz, Blues and the Poetry of Langston Hughes, featuring Diane Richardson and Lloyd Sheldon Johnson with the John Kordalewski Quartet
Spring 2014 A Tribute to Piano Masters Cedar Walton and Mulgrew Miller, featuring Laszlo Gardony, piano, with Stan Strickland, saxophone; John Lockwood, bass; Yoron Israel, drums 
Fall 2014 To the Max! A Tribute to Max Roach, featuring Billy Hart with Bill Lowe and John Lockwood
Spring 2015 Before the Deluge: The Music of New Orleans, the Birthplace of Jazz, featuring Made in the Shade
Fall 2015 Billy Strayhorn 100th Anniversary Retrospective featuring Greg Hopkins and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra
Spring 2016 Jazz South Africa, featuring the Music of Ndikho Xaba performed by the Makanda Project
Fall 2016 Wayning Moments: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter, featuring Joe Ford, saxophone, with Kevin Harris, piano; John Lockwood, bass; Yoron Israel, drums
Spring 2017    3hree for Louis: A tribute to Louis Armstrong, featuring three all-star trumpet players performing jazz legend Louis Armstrong’s greatest hits
Fall 2017    Jazz from South Africa: “le Ngoma” (This Music)
Spring 2018 Mary Lou Williams Tribute with Cecilia Smith and The Ron Savage Trio
Fall 2018