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John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

William Parker
Arturo Sandoval

The passion of the Huey was abundant when the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra celebrated its 10th anniversary in the basement of St. Nicholas Of Myra.

Led by bassist William Parker, the 15-piece band began with an Asian-flavored song where flutes, gongs and chimes filled the air and called the audience to attention. This haunting tune lasted several minutes before Parker stepped up to a microphone and brought the set into focus. “Many heavy spirits falling up,” Parker repeated several times. Then, a moment of realization: “Malachi Favors,” he shouted. “God will give you the recognition you need.” Paying tribute to the recently deceased Art Ensemble bassist, Parker continued his elegy with a beautiful solo where he vigorously strummed his bass to create a variety of textures before building into a solid walking line that led to the next number.

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