TRUMPETER Lee Morgan was one of the pioneers of a soulful and bluesy style which became known as ‘hard bop’.
Sam Massey will be performing some of his best known pieces such as ‘The Sidewinder’ at the next Jazz in the Bar night at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, as well as many associated with Morgan over his career, such as ‘I Remember Clifford’ and even the Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’.
Massey has been hailed as a “fine trumpet player” by The Guardian and he will also be playing flugelhorn to add a contrasting mellow timbre for some of the tunes, accompanied by Philip Clouts at the piano.
Lee Morgan came to prominence in his late teens, playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band, and recording on John Coltrane’s ‘Blue Train’ album in 1957. He became a key musician with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and was featured on many of their albums including ‘Moanin”, which is one of the band’s best-known recordings.
Morgan left that band to pursue a solo career, and his song ‘The Sidewinder’ became a surprise crossover hit on the pop and R&B charts in 1964. Following this, the famous Blue Note record label encouraged its other artists to emulate the tune’s ‘boogaloo’ beat.
Morgan continued to work prolifically as both a leader, and a sideman with the likes of Hank Mobley and Wayne Shorter, becoming a cornerstone of the Blue Note label.
Sam Massey has performed with top-class musicians from across the UK, including the legendary Devon-based bandleader Mike Westbrook and Radio 2 favourite Clare Teal.
As a performer and composer, he and his music have been broadcast on numerous BBC, Jazz FM and RAI (Italy) programmes, and is found on critically acclaimed albums by artists such as American soul singer PP Arnold and ska band The Simmertones.
Performing with ensembles across the UK and Europe, Sam has performed to sell-out crowds at the Welsh Millennium Centre, Kings Place Hall One, Gaz Arte (Athens) and St Ives Jazz Club.
His own jazz projects include a seven-piece ensemble featuring his own compositions and arrangements, and a six-piece crossover wind ensemble ‘Superlocrian’.
The Marine Theatre audience can expect a wide variety of enjoyable tunes ranging from the funky to the lyrical, all reflecting the incredible talent of the great Lee Morgan.
Jazz in the Bar with Sam Massey will be held on Sunday, March 13 with doors opening at 7pm for an 8pm start. Tickets cost £20 in advance or £12 on the door, available at www.marinetheatre.com