Hammond B-3 Master & Clevelnad Jazz Legend back on the Nighttown Stage!
Featuring: Eddie Baccus Sr.-Hammond B-3 Organ, Cecil Rucker-Vibes, Billy Artis-Guitar, & Perry Williams III-Drums.
One of the senior statesman of the Cleveland Jazz Scene, organist Eddie Baccus Sr. has set the standard locally since the early 1960's. Like the late great Jimmy Smith, Baccus is a virtuoso on the Hammond B-3, equally adept at soul jazz and bebop. In many ways Eddie Baccus Sr. has been to the jazz scene what the late Robert Jr. Lockwood was to the local blues scene; he has been a leader, mentor, and the soul of the community for many years.
Early on his talent was evident as he was linked with another jazz legend, saxophonist Roland Kirk. Baccus and Kirk were schoolmates at the Ohio School of the Blind and their sessions together in the old Euclid and 105th area are the stuff of local legends. Kirk would go on to national acclaim before his untimely death in the late 70's. Baccus stayed close to home and it has been our good fortune.
Eddie Baccus Sr. has been a mentor to countless Cleveland jazz musicians, notably Joe Lovano, Ernie Krivda, and more recently his son, Eddie Baccus Jr.. His work has only been documented infrequently. He recorded an LP with Kirk back in 1962 "Feel Real" on Smash records. His other recording is a session done with Lovano in the mid 1980's entitled "Hometown Sessions". Although he has not gone on to greater glory playing the national circuit, Eddie Baccus Sr. has been the bedrock of the Cleveland jazz scene and his influence on fans and musicians alike has been invaluable.
Joining Eddie Baccus Sr. for his appearance at Nighttown will be an All-Star Cleveland lineup. They are Cecil Rucker on the Vibes. Eddie Sr. has frequently appeared with Cecil's group Good Vibes. Billy Artis is on guitar. Many will remember Billy from his days backing the late great Bill Doggett at the Theatrical in downtown Cleveland. Perry Williams III is on drums. Perry is a veteran on the soul jazz circuit and has worked with Eddie Sr. and Cecil extensively. And on vocals is Ron Davis.
Don't miss Hammond B-3 wizard Eddie Baccus Sr. Quartet live at Nighttown.