Communiversity@M2: Harlem Renaissance
“Twelve Moods for Jazz”
with Eddie Henderson, trumpet
Music on the Square, 21 N. Indiana
Savor the words of poet Langston Hughes, the sounds of Duke Ellington’s Harlem Airshaft and re-imagined recipes pulled from the menu of the Cotton Club, as we fall back in time to 1920s Harlem and reflect on the cultural, social and artistic explosion that was the Harlem Renaissance.
Featuring the great Dr. Eddie Henderson – the first African American professional figure skater, a psychiatric physician, and among the world’s leading jazz trumpet players – the night will be an exploration of the sounds, smells and creative output of one America’s richest and most historic moments, the Harlem Renaissance.
About the Artist
Eddie Henderson, born in the shadow of the Harlem Renaissance, grew up surrounded by creativity. His father sang with the Charioteers, and his mother danced as one of the Brown Twins at the Cotton Club. Louis Armstrong gave Eddie his first few trumpet lessons at age nine. And after moving to San Francisco at 14, he played Sketches of Spain for Miles Davis, who shared both his praise and encouragement to seek his own original artistic voice.
Henderson studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1954–1957, served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1958–1961, and in 1964 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.D. from Howard University Medical School in 1968. Squeezing in along the way both the Pacific and Midwestern figure skating championship titles, while competing as the first African American on the national circuit.
But his place in jazz history awaited him. Henderson first gained worldwide recognition as a trumpet player for his popular recordings made with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi group during the early ’70s. Now thriving in his sixth decade as a jazz impresario, Henderson has performed with a Who’s Who roster of jazz luminaries, including Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Max Roach, Jackie McClean, Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, and more.
Henderson has served on the faculties of Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory. His music can be heard on Blue Note, Capital, Columbia, Steeplechase, Capricorn, Sirocco, Kind of Blue, Furthermore and Smoke Sessions Records.