Frank's 100th

Celebrate with us!

Birdland, Sun. Jan. 9: 
Scott Robinson Quartet: a Centennial Celebration  w/ Helen Sung, Martin Wind, Pete Van Nostrand 
One of Scott Robinson's most important mentors and inspirations was saxophonist/flutist/composer Frank Wess, who would have been 100 this month. Just five days after the centennial date, Scott and his award-winning quartet -- winners of "Best New Release" in the 2019 JazzTimes Readers Poll -- pay loving tribute to this musical master. The program will include tunes Frank loved to play, along with his original compositions. Besides tenor sax and trumpet, Scott will bring and play the master's unusual, vintage bass flute.

Remembering Frank Wess at 100: the Octet 
The great Frank Wess, saxophone/flute giant and distinguished alumnus of the Count Basie band, would have been 100 this January. Frank's character and personality are as legendary as his playing and writing, and he was a valuable mentor to many. To honor this much-loved figure, Scott Robinson has reassembled the Octet that Frank and he started back in the early 1990s, including some of New York's finest players. The Octet will present a program of the original arrangements - many written by Frank himself - that the group performed with Frank on many occasions, kindly provided by his widow Sara Tsutsumi, who will be in attendance. Please join us for this fun and exciting tribute to one of the true greats of this music.

Dizzy's, Wed/Thurs Jan. 19th & 20th:
Bill Easley & Scott Robinson, reeds 
Frank Greene & Brandon Lee, trumpets 
Steve Turre, trombone 
Rufus Reid, bass 
Michael Weiss, piano 
Dennis Mackrel, drums

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY, Sat. Jan. 22nd:
Bill Easley & Scott Robinson, reeds 
Frank Greene & Brandon Lee, trumpets 
Steve Davis, trombone 
Peter Washington, bass 
Michael Weiss, piano 
Dennis Mackrel, drums