Bob Belanski’s Specdrum Presents: Joe Henderson Legacy Big Band

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Bob Belanski’s Specdrum presents:

The 19 piece Joe Henderson Legacy Big Band
directed by
Warren Gale Jr.
(Trumpet Virtuoso)
Warren Gale Jr.
(Trumpet, Composer, Arranger)
Played/recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson,
Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, McCoy Tyner, Horace
Silver and the Specdrum Big Band.

Featuring Special Guest Artist Steve Turre, Trombone and Sea Shells. Steve is a famous artist who recorded with Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Roland Kirk, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Lewis/Thad Jones; he is a 24 time 1st place winner in Downbeat Magazine Reader and Critic Polls, trombonist for the NBC Saturday Night Live Orchestra, and much much more. Also featuring John Capobianco, trumpet, and Bob Belanski, drums and composer.

In 1966 Warren Gale Jr. met Joe Henderson in NY, played in his original band combos, giged until 1968. During this time he played with Roland Kirk, Steve Ellington on drums, Horace Silver on piano. Sat in with George Coleman. Played sessions at Slugg’s Saloon with Sunny Murray, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw. Also sessions with Sam Rivers and Andrew Hill.

Joined Buddy Rich Band with Al Porcino on lead trumpet in 1968. Moved to L.A. and then Bay Area. Asked to join the Stan Kenton Big Band in 1971. Duke Ellington performed with us in 1970 at a new club. After playing “Take the A Train,” Mr. Ellington was heard on the Microphone saying: ” I always wanted to play with this band, but they won’t fire the piano player!” Stan laughed so hard he could barely count off the next tune.

Returned to Berkeley in Spring 1971.

Joe Henderson came to San Francisco in 1972-3. Warren played with Horace Silver in SF, 1975 at the Keystone Korner. Played gigs with Joe Henderson, in several venues and went to Seattle with Joe. By then people were lined up to hear him as he had won more than one Grammy award. Continued to play clubs, festivals, college concerts until 1988.
Joe Henderson Big Band is re established in 1989 and played at Yoshi’s Kimballs, and college festivasl as well as the LA Playboy Jazz Festival in 1998. These gigs were all with Joe Henderson.
Reformed the Joe Henderson Big Band in 2004 at Contra Costa College until 2008. Continued to play Yoshi’s in Oakland and San Francisco.

Start time is 8pm and Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets: $25 in Advance – $30 Day of Show

Reserved Seating:
Reserve A Front Row Table – Table Price: $200

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Date(s) - Sat, Jan 28, 2017
7:00 pm

Empress Theatre
330 Virginia Street, Vallejo

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