Dizzy Gillespie would be turning 100 on Saturday, October 21st and Jazz Haven will be celebrating his birthday with performances by Dizzy’s former guitarist Ed Cherry.
The Ed Cherry Trio will close out Jazz Week New Haven 2017 with a two-set performance at Cafe Nine in New Haven on Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 – 11:00 pm and again at 11:30 pm – 12:30 am. Tickets are $15.00. The trio features Ed Cherry on guitar, Pat Bianchi on organ and Anwar Marshall on drums. Cafe Nine is located at 250 State Street, corner of Crown, in New Haven. Doors open at 8:30 pm. There will be an opening act from 9:00 to 9:45 pm. You must be 21 or over to attend this event. Jazz Week New Haven is produced by Jazz Haven and runs from Saturday, October 14 through Saturday, October 21.
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Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Ed Cherry moved to New York in 1978 to play guitar with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992 performing in Gillespie’s quartet, big band and with The United Nation Orchestra which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). Gillespie died in 1993, and Cherry released his first recording as a leader, ‘First Take’ (Groovin’ High). That same year, Ed recorded with Paquito D’Riveras’ small group which recorded “Havana Cafe” (Chesky Records). Ed also worked with composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill for two years and recorded three cds with Henry’s ‘Very Very Circus’ group.
In 1995, Cherry released his second project as a solo artist, entitled A Second Look (Groovin’ High Records). During that same period Ed worked with Hammond organist John Patton recording three critically acclaimed cds with Patton’s quartet-‘Blue Planet Man’,’Minor Swing’ and ‘This ones for Jah'(DIW). From 1997 to 1998, Cherry worked in Roy Hargrove’s “Crisol” Latin jazz band, which performed in Havana, Cuba. During this same period, he also worked w/baritone saxophonist, Hamiett Bluiett, recording Bluiett’s cd ‘With Eyes Wide Open’ on Justin-Time records.In 2001, Cherry toured Europe for the first time with his own group. He also released his cd, ‘The Spirit Speaks’ on the Canadian Justin Time Records label, inspired by the great jazz organist Jimmy Smith with whom he had also recently worked.Ed was asked to perform at the ‘Vodaphone Madarao Jazz festival’in 2002 in Madarao Japan with his quartet featuring trumpeter Jon Faddis.
More recently , Ed toured with the great Hammond organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, recording one critically acclaimed cd, ‘In The Beginning’ on Pilgrimage Records in 2012.
Currently Ed has a brand new second recording released on Posi-Tone Records. (‘It’s All Good’ his first release in 2012 for Posi-Tone stayed in the JazzWeek charts for 3 months) his second recording for the label is titled “Soul Tree” ( release date February 19 2016 ) featuring Kyle Koehler on Hammond B3 organ and drummer Anwar Marshall. As of this pre release date, it’s already gathering rave reviews.
Ed continues to work nationally and internationally ; concerts, workshops, jazz clubs.