Chicago drummer Joel Spencer and pianist Joan Hickey join Seattle’s Jay Thomas, Steve Griggs, and Phil Sparks to re-interpret songs from the 1957 Blue Note record Blowing in from Chicago. In addition to songs by Clifford Jordan, Gigi Gryce, Horace Silver, and John Neely, the repertoire will include originals by Hickey and Griggs.
Spencer and Hickey have been a musical team for three decades. Spencer’s credits include stints with Earl “Fatha” Hines, Barney Kessel, Eddie Gomez, Red Rodney, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson, Eddie Harris, Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Hank Jones, and Cedar Walton. Hickey has been teaching jazz piano at the University of Illinois for 22 years. The Chicago Sun Times described Hickey’s Between in the Lines on Origin as “a vibrant harmonic glow.”
The Seattle musicians have performed together for over two decades. These two seasoned teams join forces to rekindle the flame of hard bop from the 1950’s.