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Herin Riley, dr
Marc Whitfield, g

Herlin Riley, dr
Mark Whitfield, g
Bruce Harris, tp
Godwin Lewis, as
Emmet Cohen, p
Russell Hall, b

Herlin Riley was born February 15, 1957, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born into a musical family, Herlin was always surrounded by music. He began playing the drums at age three. He studied trumpet throughout high school and two years of college. His attraction to the trumpet was short-lived, however, and he concentrated his efforts on the drums. Herlin was a member of Ahmad Jamal’s group from 1984 through 1987. He has recorded with Marcus Roberts, Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., George Benson, Benny Wallace, Mark Whitifield, among others. His theater experience includes playing in “One Mo’ Time” and “Satchmo: America’s Musical Legend”. In the spring of 1988, he joined Wynton Marsalis’ touring and recording group, which he performed with through its disbanding in late 1994. He also performed on the first Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra United States tour in the fall of 1992, performing the music of Duke Ellington. Herlin is a regularly featured musician at Jazz at the Lincoln Center. He has released two recordings as a leader, “Cream Of The Crescent” and “Watch What You’re Doing”. Both of these albums feature fellow Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra members. Herlin Riley is one of those rare jazz masters, who’ll truly “swing anything”. Especially for last year’s International Jazzfestival Bern, Herlin had assembled a group of aspiring young jazz musicians, much in the tradition of Art Blakey. The result was an enthusing, hard swinging week. This week, Herlin is bringing them back – adding a brilliant guest musician.

Mark Whitfield was born in Syosset, New York in 1967. He grew up on Long Island and already in his youth he was exposed to the fine arts by his parents. Hearing Ella Fitzgerald or Count Basie was how he got interested in Jazz music. So at the age of 10 he was already learning to play Jazz. He has since played with Jack McDuff, Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Al Foster, Clifford Jordan, Roy Haynes, Kenny Barron, Ben Riley, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Jimmy Smith, Courtney Pine, Ernie Watts, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Ray Brown, Marcus Roberts and many other great musicans. He learned a lot from each of these experiences and therefore now is one of the best Jazz guitarists in the world.


Tue. 21st - Sat. 25th April 2015

1st Concert 7:30 p.m.
(Doors 7:00 p.m.)

2nd concert 10:00 p.m.
(Doors 9:30 p.m.)

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