Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri., 6/27 & Tues., 7/1

Think of Horace Silver and the heart warms, the smile begins, even now. If he was one of the architects of post-bop jazz, there was soul in the architecture, church in the soul, blues in the church, and funk in the blues, and what he brought to the music is still helping keep it alive. He died the other day at the age of 85, and this week’s Updoc—Friday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday—plays some of his classic sides in tribute and fond memory. Speaking personally, in 1959 I was a kid who’d happened into jazz via Henry Mancini’s music for Peter Gunn and I didn’t know which end was up or where the center was. Then a distant cousin of mine said Listen to this, and it was Sister Sadie off the new Horace Silver record Blowin’ the Blues Away, and within minutes I had the compass, a map I could unfold, and a world I could live my way into. For an additional boost my cousin played me some Lee Morgan and Art Blakey. About midway through the show, Updoc takes a break with some Fado because of Silver’s African-Portuguese heritage in the Cape Verde Islands, then briefly leaps to India, I’ll tell you why on-air, for the great Hindu vocalist Pandit Nasraj. Otherwise it’s classic Horace Silver Quintets, including the famous 1954 night at Birdland with Art Blakey and Clifford Brown riding an incredible surge of rhythm. The music is as full of life as it ever was, and at 8PM Sister Sadie will be the first to testify, because.HoraceLarge

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