COUNTDOWN 2023 COLTRANE FESTIVAL
Vincent Herring [alto & tenor saxophone]
Eric Reed [piano]
Dezron Douglas [bass]
Louis Hayes [drums]
Smoke’s year-end Coltrane Festival “Countdown 2023” continues with the first of 10 nights led by the incomparable pianist Eric Reed and the amazing alto saxophonist Vincent Herring featuring special guest artists. First up is the one and only drum master Louis Hayes who NPR says, “spent his youth creating the pulse of hard-bop, as a top-shelf drummer with artists like Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver,” and who remains a “catalyst, channeling his boundless energy into the band,” according to The Washington Post. Hayes will be inspiring an exciting quartet co-led by Reed who All About Jazz says “has fully established himself in the forefront of jazz pianists,” and Herring who The New York City Jazz Record echoes “has firmly established himself as one of his generation’s masters.” Rounding out the group is bassist Dezron Douglas who displays “the kind of fiery interaction and musical prodding that can allow hard bop to sound as fresh and exciting as anything out there” reports The Chicago Reader.