Jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player Eddie Henderson was in his 30s when he debuted on record with Herbie Hancock. Before that he'd become a medical doctor, who went on to specialize in psychiatry, because it left his nights free to play the horn. With Henderson's new album, Collective Portrait, Fresh Air jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead says that decision is still paying off for him.
With his wide leaps between long tones and a sometimes generous use of space, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith nods occasionally to 20th-century European concert music. But he's also one of the modern improvisers most grounded in African-American vernaculars; he's the stepson of Mississippi bluesman Alex Wallace, and he played for a spell in Little Milton's blues band. Smith's projects are all over the map, but often have this much in common with the blues: the byplay between a strong voice — his horn, in this case — and percussive strings.
We remember jazz musician Art Farmer. He died on Monday at the age of 71 from heart failure. Farmer was an important second-generation be-bop musician, and also known for his warm tone and lovely ballads on the trumpet and fluegelhorn. He worked with bands led by Wardell Gray, Horace Silver, and Gerry Mulligan. In the 1950s he formed the Jazztet, a sextet with saxophonist Benny Golson, and they wrote many compositions together. (REBROADCAST from 7/21/87)
Flugelhorn and trumpet player Art Farmer. This month the National Endowment for the Arts named him one of its 1999 American Jazz Masters. He joins such previous honorees as Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughan. Born in 1928 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Art Farmer made his first record in 1948 as a sideman with Kansas-City legend Jay McShann.
Breedlove plays with the Jamaican group, The Skatalites. They're credited with creating the music known as ska, a precursor to reggae, which is often mistaken for reggae. The group got their start in the 1960s. Breedlove is an American musician who worked with Lionel Hampton, and began playing with The Skatalites about seven years ago. The Skatalites have a new album, "Greetings from Skamania."
Grammy Award winning jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. He's been playing the trumpet since he was six, and won his first Grammy at 20. His albums include "The Majesty of the Blues," "Thick in the South," and "Citi Movement," with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Marsalis is also the co-founder and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He recently broke up the Septet so he could spend more time with the Lincoln Center. "Sweet Swing Blues on the Road" (W.W.