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WNPR: Hazeltine Time at Yale

By Owen McNally

Yale School of Music Professor Willie Ruff, the noted music maven, founder, artistic director and eminence grise behind Yale’s distinguished Ellington Jazz Series, regularly presents a wide spectrum of premier jazz stylists without compromising Duke Ellington’s personal credo that the art of swing is an eternal verity for the music. Right in line with Duke’s pre post-modernist aesthetic of the meaning of soul, grit and groove is the hard-swinging, deeply expressive modern jazz pianist David Hazeltine, who leads his trio at 8:00 pm Thursday, January 16, at the series’ classy roost in Morse Recital Hall at Sprague Hall, 470 College Street in New Haven.

If you love Cedar Walton and Tommy Flanagan, you’re sure to dig Hazeltine, a charter member of One for All, the blue-ribbon, hard bop sextet featuring, among other worthies, West Hartford’s Steve Davis on trombone. Hazeltine is joined by two superb, simpatico swingers, the redoubtable double bassist George Mraz, who doubles on alto saxophone, and drummer Billy Drummond.

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Published January 16, 2014
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Jazz pianist David Hazeltine brings his trio to Yale Jan. 16

hazeltine_webThe Ellington Jazz Series at the Yale School of Music has added another concert to its 2013–14 season: the David Hazeltine Trio will perform on Thursday, January 16 at 8 pm.

Hazeltine will perform with George Mraz on the bass and alto saxophone, and Billy Drummond on drums.

David Hazeltine is one of a handful of young pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style out of the accumulated weight of a modern piano tradition. His influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to such masters as Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris, and Cedar Walton. Walton, a jazz piano legend and NEA Jazz Master, called Hazeltine “the brightest star on the jazz piano horizon style” and noted that “his style has a deep-seated commitment to jazz history while communicating a wealth of ‘today’s’ ideas.”


Published December 19, 2013
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