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Billy Harper Quintet: Live in Blue Bell, Pa

Report and photos from concert by saxophonist with his quintet at Montgomery County Community College - Science Center Theatre in Blue Bell, Pa.

Billy Harper in performance at MCCC in Blue Bell, Pa.
Clarence Seay in performance with Billy Harper Quintet at MCCC in Blue Bell, Pa.
Francesca Tanksley in performance with Billy Harper Quintet at MCCC in Blue Bell, Pa.
Billy Harper in performance with his Quintet at MCCC in Blue Bell, Pa.
Aaron Scott in performance with Billy Harper Quintet at MCCC in Blue Bell, Pa.
Freddie Hendrix in performance with Billy Harper Quintet at MCCC in Blue Bell, Pa.

Jazz legend, composer, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper and his quintet kicked off the 25th anniversary of the Lively Arts Series at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pa. Billy Harper is one of a generation of Coltrane-influenced tenor saxophonists His 1973 album Capra Black remains a profoundly spiritual effort that channels both the intellectual complexity of the avant-garde as well as the emotional potency of gospel music. Harper cites spirituality as a central tenet of his music. His quintet included Francesca Tanksley on piano; Clarence Seay, bass; Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; and Aaron Scott on drums.

Dressed in all black, including a leather cloak reminiscent of African royalty, Harper introduced the band then Harper spoke briefly about performing in Europe and recently returning from a tour in Poland. He shared while in Europe, “they wanted to hear about American music, they need to feel that special energy- the music expresses the whole history in the Americas and the energy that goes with it.”

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