Living history: George Caldwell Quintet, Boyd Lee Dunlop to perform at Larkinville
blog by Ben Kirst • June 26, 2013 @ 9:53am
Having no previous knowledge of either the George Caldwell Quintet or Boyd Lee Dunlop, I was a little floored when I realized what these local musical acts—both slated to perform at 5 p.m. today at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St., Buffalo) as part of the 2013 Live at Larkin series—represented in terms of Buffalo’s musical history.
Live at Larkin shows are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Bring your own hula hoop.
A related side note—consider entering the Buffalo Airband Championship. Post your airband video online now for a chance to “perform” at Larkin Square on Aug. 10 for a shot at the $500 grand prize. Get more details now.
The George Caldwell Quintet is a veritable hothouse of jazz superheroes. In addition to Caldwell—a former Grammy winner who Jeff Miers of The Buffalo News describes as “a fully tenured jazz piano legend…He’s one of the pre-eminent swing jazz players in modern jazz”—the outfit includes:
- Saxophonist Bobby Militello, perhaps the most familiar name in Buffalo jazz for the past 40 years;
- Trumpeter Tim Clarke, who has performed with stars like Natalie Cole and is the house musician for Fisher-Price;
- Contrabassist Cameron Kayne, a talented protege of a bass-loving family;
- Drummer Darryl Washington, brother of smooth jazz godfather Grover Washington, Jr. and a prolific musician whose recording career stretches back to 1971.
The quintet plays “Caldwell’s originals and interpretations of standards in a mix of bop, post-bop, and cool jazz styles,” according to Facebook, and received a fair amount of buzz earlier this year for their take on the Dave Brubeck oeuvre.
Boyd Lee Dunlop is an amazing story. A lifelong Buffalonian, Dunlop worked in steel mills by day and played jazz and blues piano in clubs throughout the city for decades—decades!—and recorded just once as part of an obscure 1950s R&B album. Dunlop was re-discovered (or maybe just discovered) at the age of 85 and was given an opportunity to cut a record of his own in 2011. Now with a pair of albums under his belt—The Lake Reflections and Boyd’s Blues—the 87-year-old Dunlop brings his sound to Larkinville. Wild, right?
Photo from georgecaldwelljazz.com.