Back in February, we reported on a jazz recording session that could prove to be an important marker in the history of Knoxville’s jazz community. We’ll find out later this month when the result of that recording, Tenors and Satin: The Knoxville Jazz Session, is released.
The disc, produced by pianist/composer/bandleader Donald Brown, features most of Knoxville’s most prominent jazz players, including tenor saxophone players Jerry Coker, Lance Owens, Bill Scarlett, and Rocky Wynder; guitarist Mark Boling, drummer Keith Brown, and bassist Rusty Holloway as the trio Boling, Brown, and Holloway; pianist Emily Mathis; singers Kelle Jolly and Sharon Mosby; and Donald Brown, along with his sons Keith and Kenneth.
The CD release party will be held at the S&W Grand on Gay Street on Sunday, April 25, from 5-8 p.m.
“It’s something that has needed doing for a long time,” Brown says in a press release from the Knox County Library, which is sponsoring the disc, along with the Knoxville Jazz Festival. “We’ve been able to make a first-rate record of the music.”
The title of the disc comes from a Brown composition recorded by Scarlett, Wynder, and Owens at the Bearden studios of AMG Media Group on Feb. 10.
“Billy and Rocky and Lance have been playing together since the 1950s,” Brown says. “Getting the three of them together in the studio was like old home week.”
Tenors and Satin also includes performances by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and Wendel Werner.
Proceeds from the CD will support a documentary about jazz in Knoxville and the Knoxville Jazz Festival, scheduled for Aug. 26-28. The festival will be headlined by the Lionel Loueke Trio and former Miles Davis drummer Jimmy Cobb’s So What? Band, formed last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Davis’ Kind of Blue.