Jazz Connections Honors Record Producer Orrin Keepnews, Saturday at 7 pm

Oct 15, 2015

Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, and Wes Montgomery were largely unknown artists until they teamed up with record producer Orrin Keepnews. Orrin Keepnews died on March 1st, 2015, one day shy of his 92nd birthday, leaving one of the most remarkable legacies of jazz recordings in the modern era.
 
Well-aware  of the racial divide that separated the music business executives from the predominantly African American musicians, Keepnews gained the trust, and often the friendship, of many of the musicians that today we recognize as jazz icons. Though his landmark record label Riverside went out of business by the mid1960s, he remained a force in the jazz world with Milestone and then Fantasy Records. He won Grammies for his liner notes and was crowned a Jazz Master from the National Endowment of the Arts.
 
Several years ago Keepnews recorded a series of interviews about the artists he worked with, leaving us a treasure trove of oral jazz history. Join Larry Slater, the Jazz MD, and Winston Bull on Saturday. October 17 at 7 pm for a very special Jazz Connections honoring Orrin Keepnews.  We'll be featuring the legendary Riverside Recordings, with the commentary provided posthumously by Mr. Keepnews himself.