Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Duos at Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Wynton Marsalis

For the ever-ebullient Elvin Jones, the walk from the dressing room to the stage is often a long one: so many hands to shake, so many friends to greet! As a tuxedoed Jazz Machine-saxophonists Pat LaBarbera and Mark Shim, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, pianist Anthony Wonsey and bassist Gerald Cannon–plus special guest Wynton Marsalis calmly waited the trek was longer than usual on September 9 at New York’s cramped, crowded and sold out Blue Note. It was Jones’ 75th birthday.

Decked out in a formal white kimono, Jones smiled and worked through a gauntlet of longtime fans and fellow drummers like Lenny White, Jack DeJohnette, Charli Persip, Jimmy Cobb, Adam Nussbaum, Jeff Watts, Dennis Chambers, Michael Shrieve–even erstwhile stickman Bill Cosby.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published