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Classic John Handy Quintet Reunites

Alto saxophonist John Handy’s quintet will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its live recording from the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival with a weeklong stint at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York, N.Y. with the Henry Grimes Trio. The all-star lineup will perform nightly from July 13-18, 2004.

The original band members from Handy’s Columbia recording Live at Monterey will reunite for this musical event. The group includes violinist Michael White, guitarist Jerry Hahn, bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke. Grimes, who had been absent from the music world since the late 1960s (he had, in fact, been missing from the world at large until he was found in late 2002), will play with his trio and a variety of special guests. The guests will include drummer Andrew Cyrille, plus trumpeter Dave Douglas on July 13, saxophonist Gary Bartz on July 14 and reedist Bennie Maupin on July 15-18.

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