Masters on Masters - an oral history, concert, broadcast and celebration
Charles Tolliver began his professional career with the saxophone
giant Jackie Mclean and made his recording debut with McLean on
Blue Note Records in 1964. Charles has since recorded and/or
performed with such renowned artists as Roy Haynes, Hank Mobley,
Willie Bobo, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Booker Ervin,
Gary Bartz, Herbie Hancock, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Oliver
Nelson, Andrew Hill, Louis Hayes, Roy Ayers, Art Blakey & the Jazz
Messengers, and Max Roach.
Charles has become internationally respected for its innovative
trumpet quartet approach. Charles and his Music Inc, has toured in
North and South America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan performing
at festivals, concerts, radio and television stations.
In 1970 he and his alter ego fellow musician artist Stanley Cowell
created Strata-East Records which he has steadfastly kept alive
straight into the present. During the ’80s and ’90s he continued
touring with his small group, MUSIC INC, and on a number of
occasions performed his large ensemble compositions and
arrangements as soloist with practically every European Radio/TV
Jazz orchestra. Having already issued on his Strata-East label two
critically acclaimed big band LPs, “Music Inc & Big Band” and
“Impact”, now in the new millennium he once again returned to the
big band format.
In 2007 he issued on Blue Note Records his big band recording
entitled, “With Love” which was immediately Grammy Nominated.
The Jazz Journalists Association presented him with the “Best Large
Ensemble of the Year 2007″ award for his new tour de force group
The Charles Tolliver Big Band.
In an historic reenactment & presentation at Town Hall in 2009
for the 50th anniversary celebration of Thelonious Monk’s historic
1959 Town Hall concert, he was featured performing his definitive
transcription of the lost scores of arranger Hal Overton’s
orchestrations of Thelonious’ music exactly as it was performed &
recorded for the original concert.
His newest big band CD “Emperor March” recorded live at the Blue
Note New York City was released in March 2009.
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Join us for a special evening:
Masters on Masters - an oral
history, concert, broadcast and
celebration of the life and music
of NEA Jazz Masters.
Major Funding Provided by RSI Bank and the
National Endowment For the Arts.