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Every so often, you raise your head, open you eyes and look up into the night sky to see a shooting star. And once in a blue moon, one of those blazing celestial bodies finds its way into your world and makes touch down on earth… IMPACT!
On November 29, 2011, you will have the chance to be close to one of those stars if you are lucky enough to be right here on the beautiful little island called Okinawa, Japan. That’s because Okinawa Jazz Music is about to feel the heat as one of the Jazz World’s Legendary Trumpeters makes his entry.
Born on October 26, 1940 in New York City, he is product of artistic parents. His mother was a dancer at the Cotton club performing as one of the Brown Twins and his father was a singer with the Charioteers.
Henderson was given his first few trumpet lessons by none other than Louis Armstrong himself at the age of nine before moving to San Francisco with his family at age 14. There, he studied at the San Francisco Conservatory from 1954 to 1956.
It was around that time in 1956 that he received something that many, many people would die for today… a house guest named Miles Davis.
Miles was playing a gig at the Black Hawk Jazz Club in San Fran and stayed at Eddie Henderson’s home during that time. Eddie impressed him by playing “Sketches of Spain,” one of Miles’ famous pieces. Afterwards, Miles urged Eddie to tap into his own creativity to find his own originality.
Later, Eddie Henderson served in the Air Force from 1958 to 1961. After leaving the service, he was destined to compete for the National Figure Skating Championship, becoming the first African American to do so and winning the Midwestern and Pacific titles. And then, in 1961, he began his journey toward dual careers, studying music and medicine.
Henderson continued on to study Zoology at the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1964. He then moved on to Howard University Medical School in Washington D.C. to earn his M.D. in 1968 and then interned at San Francisco’s French Hospital during from 1968 to 1969. Afterwards, from 1969 to 1971, he went to the University of California hospital to complete a two year residency in psychiatry.
As a result of recordings that he made with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi group in the early 1970′s, Eddie Henderson received worldwide recognition for his jazz trumpet playing abilities.
Since that time, he has been a member of the Julliard School of Music starting in 2007 and over the years he has played with myriad performers to include Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Johnny Griffin, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Jackie McClean, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, and many more.
The near future is bright and Jazz in Okinawa has never been so good! Henderson will be performing with some very talented Japanese musicians including two local musicians; female vocalist Kazuyo Nishihira and guitarist Johma Kosuke, owner of Naha’s jazz bar Parker’s Mood. Bassist Yusuke Kawamoto and pianist Makoto Nakamura will also be performing.
The show date for Bar Hackman is Novmber 29, 2011.
Doors will open at 19:00 and there will be 2 sets.
1st set at 20:00
2nd set at 21:30
Located at Bar Hackman on the 1st floor of the pacific hotel in Naha City.
Food and Drinks Not Included.
Henderson will also be performing at Parker’s Mood on November 28, 2011.
Doors open 18:30 Show starts at 20:30. ¥4000.
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