Thursday, April 17, 2014
Now's the Time: Nathan Davis
For many locally-based jazz fans, choosing between Saturday's two high-profile concerts will be easy. The new-school crowd will elect to take in the performance by the Brad Mehldau Trio at the Folly Theater. The lionized pianist is a media darling. Hometown boosters and old-school swing aficionados will head to the Gem Theater. The event is billed as a Lifetime Achievement Award concert for Nathan Davis, a native of Kansas City, Kansas. Largely unknown in the United States in spite of a stint with Eric Dolphy, Davis will be joined by trombone legend Curtis Fuller, piano great George Cables, bassist Abraham Laboriel and drummer Winard Harper. Cables and Laboriel appear with Davis in the embedded video. Joe Klopus previewed the two concerts for The Kansas City Star.