Friday, January 1, 2010
Now's the Time: Bobby Watson & Horizon
Lost in the hoopla surrounding New Year's Eve is Horizon's return to Kansas City. The all-star group led by Bobby Watson plays the Blue Room on Saturday. The group consists of Watson, trumpeter Terell Stafford, bassist Essiet Essiet, pianist Edward Simon and drummer Victor Lewis. I was unable to turn up a single Horizon video at YouTube so I opted for footage featuring Stafford. Some will recall that Simon co-led an inspired group at The Folly on Halloween. Essiet and Lewis are also major figures. The year is brand new, but it's quite possible that this show will be remembered as one of the best jazz events of 2010.