Rocky Wynder’s performance at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Sunday, Nov. 22, doubled as both a celebration of the 81-year-old Wynder’s first ever CD release and as tribute to Bob Heintz, the founder of the East Tennessee Jazz Society, who died earlier this month.
Wynder’s CD release gig, in honor of the new Edwin and Catherine, has been in the works for several months, and programmers dedicated it to Heintz after his death on Nov. 10. The 78-year-old Heintz founded the ETJS in 1997. He was also a long-time volunteer at KMA’s Alive After Five series. One of the last shows Heintz booked, featuring Dixieland revivalist Ed Polcer and His All Stars in February, will also be dedicated to Heintz’ memory.
The veteran saxophonist Wynder, backed by Donald Brown on piano, Mark Boling on guitar, Keith Brown on drums, and Tommy Sauter on bass, played two hour-long sets of standards for a packed house, including several generations of Knoxville jazz players.