Eddie Henderson Quartet

with Special Guests Xhosa Cole, Chris Young and Richard Foote

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Last Show: Sunday 14 th November 2021

PizzaExpress Live (Birmingham)

Eddie Henderson, continues to be one of the most original trumpet players in jazz today. At 81 years old he remains very much at the height of his musical prowess, and continues to produce music on a par with the greatest trumpet players in the history of jazz. He first got worldwide recognition for his work with Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi group in the early '70s. Since then he has played with huge array of the greatest names in Jazz including Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Max Roach, Jackie McClean, Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson and more.

For this very special Birmingham gig the quartet will be joined by three young stars of the Birmingham scene: they are saxophonist Chris Young, trombonist Richard Foote, leader of the Young Pilgrims Brass Band, and Xhosa Cole, the young saxophonist who won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2018 and has recently brought out the acclaimed Know Them Know Me CD. The quartet will be joined by this trio of horn players for what will be a storming set with arrangements especially created for the occasion.

Henderson was born in New York City in 1940. His father sang with the Charioteers, and his mother danced at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Louis Armstrong gave Eddie his first trumpet lessons at age 9. In 1956, Miles Davis was staying at the Henderson's family home at a time that Eddie had an engagement at the Black Hawk Jazz Club. Miles, Impressed with Eddie's ability to perform his famous "Sketches of Spain" without a fluff, encouraged Henderson to seek his own originality.

He is joined here by a creative and potent quartet made up of long time collaborators; Arnie Somogyi on bass, Stephen Keogh on drums, and the brilliant young rising star pianist Matyas Gayer; finalist at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition 2014 and 2015, and winner of the most prestigious Hungarian jazz prize, the Gramofon Award 2015.

Band Line Up

Eddie Henderson (trumpet)

Matyas Gayer (piano)

Arnie Somogyi (bass)

Stephen Keogh (drums)


Xhosa Cole (saxophone)

Chris Young (saxophone)

Richard Foote (trombone)