Bobby Hutcherson Quartet; Monday, July 1, 2013


Bobby Hutcherson Quartet
Monday, July 1, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz
“The most accomplished vibraphonist of his generation.” –New York Times

Bobby Hutcherson makes it happen. This gifted vibraphonist/composer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master is among the elite cadre of musicians that defined the now classic Blue Note Records sound, setting the gold standard for an entire era of jazz in the ’60s and ’70s. Far from resting on his laurels, Hutcherson is always moving forward, traversing a range of moods and styles through post-bop explorations, jazz-funk grooves, and ethereal ballads. From collaborations with artists as diverse as Eric Dolphy and Joey DeFrancesco, to McCoy Tyner and the San Francisco Jazz Collective, time and again Bobby Hutcherson exhibits a musical mastery that is nothing short of phenomenal. Wise One (on Kind of Blue Records) is his most recent recording. Hutcherson’s Quartet included Joe Gilman (piano), Glenn Richman (bass), and son Barry Hutcherson (drums).\

Born in 1941, in Los Angeles, Hutcherson faced the requisite childhood piano lessons, but didn’t really get involved in music until age 12, when he heard a recording of Thelonious Monk’s Bemsha Swing being played by Milt Jackson. After an inauspicious debut at his school’s assembly, Hutcherson persevered, thanks to his mother’s encouragement. Hutcherson joined bassist Herbie Lewis’ trio and began gigging around L.A.  As his playing matured, he found himself making music with other up-and-coming musicians, Curtis Amy, Charles Lloyd, Les McCann, among them. His first national exposure as a sideman came with the Al Grey-Billy Mitchell Sextet, a period where Bobby developed a four-mallet technique to play chords on the vibraphone. In 1961, when the sextet played Birdland, in New York City, Hutcherson stayed behind, immersing himself in the burgeoning avant-garde, post-bop scene. He was a frequent sideman on many Blue Note dates for Eric Dolphy, Jackie McLean, Andrew Hill, and many more. His outstanding performing and composing soon led to Hutcherson being featured on his own recording sessions, where he made several now classic albums for the label. With the exception of Horace Silver, he was Blue Note’s most recorded artist.

In the decades since, Hutcherson has continued to distinguish himself. During the ’70s, his recordings with saxophonist Harold Land championed the cause of acoustic jazz in the face of the popular electric jazz/fusion trend. By the ’80s, acoustic jazz was back in favor and Bobby made numerous albums as a sideman. He was also involved in collaborative efforts, such as the Timeless All-Stars with Harold Land, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams, and Billy Higgins. Another especially fruitful association over the years has been with pianist McCoy Tyner. In the mid-’80s, he made several excellent albums for producer Orrin Keepnews on the Landmark label. Throughout the ’90s, Bobby continued to make great music, often employing the talents of Santa Cruz pianist Smith Dobson and drummer Eddie Marshall. In recent years, Hutcherson has recorded and performed with the San Francisco Jazz Collective, as well as leading his own groups. In 2010, his outstanding contributions to American music were honored with a Jazz Master Fellowship Award by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bobby Hutcherson Quartet

DATE: Monday, July 1, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $28/Adv $31/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan


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