Jazz at the Arsenal presents a tribute to the legendary sax player, Pepper Adams.
The Jon Wheatley Quartet featuring baritone saxophonist Danny Harrington, with David Clark on bass and Gary Johnson on drums, will perform the music of Pepper Adams as well as songs made famous by Adams: “It's You or No One,” “Mr. Lucky,” “Time on My Hands,” “Jitterbug Waltz,” and other jazz standards by such composers as Fats Waller, Henry Mancini, and Jule Styne.
Pepper Adams’s strong sense of swing combined with harmonic sophistication and a dazzling technique made him arguably the most influential of the baritone saxophone players. Noted as a jazz all-star, he performed from the 1950s to the 1980s with such names as Charles Mingus, the Benny Goodman band, and recorded a series of albums for the signature label Blue Note.
Guitarist Jon Wheatley, formerly of the Artie Shaw orchestra, has performed in countless clubs and theaters over the past 30 years, including appearances at the JVC jazz festival in New York City and many other festivals across the country and in the U.K. He’s performed with Diana Krall, Karrin Allyson, Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna, Alan Dawson, Benny Waters, Mike Metheny, "Sweets" Edison, and Gunther Schuller, to name a few, and recorded on more than 30 releases with Ruby Braff, Dick Johnson, Gordon Brisker, Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Davern, Herb Pomeroy, and more. His own recent CD, Guitar on the Loose in London, features him with Britain’s best players.
Of Wheatley’s many accolades, Just Jazz Guitar described his style: “Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of standards and an empathetic musical soul …the music flows from Jon Wheatley’s guitar in chord melody and single note improvisations that convey the history and emotional richness of the American Songbook.”
Danny Harrington has performed with the greats in a variety of genres: Nick Brignola, Bob Brookmeyer, the Temptations, Ben Vereen, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, the Four Tops, Herb Pomeroy, Gary Smulyan, Joe Lovano, and George Garzone, as well as leading his own group for many years. Before joining the faculty at Berklee College of Music in 1978, he toured extensively with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He is a VanDoren woodwind artist.