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Jazz on the Move: Hank Mobley ft. Jovan Quallo

Presented by Nashville Jazz Workshop at ONLINE

Feb 21 2021
Jazz on the Move: Hank Mobley ft. Jovan Quallo

Jazz On The Move is a fan favorite at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

Known best as a series of Sunday afternoon concerts featuring the life and music of significant jazz performers, and partnering with community organizations such as The Frist Art Museum, TN State, Plaza Mariachi, National Museum of African American Music and more.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed NJW to reinvent their most popular community performance series. Now everyone can experience the life and music of jazz’s most iconic players, performed by talented Nashville Jazz artists.

The series continues ONLINE with a brand new show, The Life and Music of Hank Mobley featuring saxophonist Jovan Quallo.

The program will be streamed on the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s YouTube channel, Watch and join the conversation in the chat.

Hank Mobley was born on July 7, 1930, in Eastman, GA, and grew up mostly in Elizabeth, NJ. Mobley spent much of 1954 performing and recording with Dizzy Gillespie. He left in September to join pianist Horace Silver’s group, which evolved into a quintet co-led by Art Blakey and dubbed the Jazz Messengers. Their groundbreaking first album for Blue Note, 1955’s Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers, was a landmark in the genesis of hard bop, with its sophisticated solos and bright, almost funky rhythms. Mobley led his first session for Blue Note, The Hank Mobley Quartet, in 1955, and recorded for Savoy and Prestige during 1956. In the middle of that year, the original lineup of the Jazz Messengers split, with Blakey keeping the name and Silver forming a new group. Mobley stayed with Silver until 1957, by which time he had begun to record prolifically as a leader for Blue Note, completing eight albums’ worth of material over the next 16 months. Some of his best work, such as Hank Mobley and His All Stars and The Hank Mobley Quintet, was cut with a selection of old Messengers mates. Not all of his sessions were released at the time, but some began to appear as import reissues in the ’80s. Often composing his own material, Mobley was beginning to truly hit his stride with 1958’s Peckin’ Time, when a worsening drug problem resulted in an arrest that took him off the scene for a year. Read Mobley’s full bio on Blue Note.
 
Jovan Quallo has played on countless recordings in the Jazz, Latin/Salsa, Funk/R&B, Pop/Rock, Country and Blues styles, including Grammy Award winning records. A few notable artists he has recorded for are Dionne Warwick (“Voices of Christmas” w/Johnny Mathis), Jake Owen (“American Love”, “Greatest Hits”), Keb’ Mo’ (“Blues Americana” – 3 Grammy nominations, “TajMo” – won Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album, “Oklahoma” – won Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues album), and Mike Farris (“Silver & Stone”). Read more about Jovan here.
 
The Jazz on the Move series is made possible through generous support from: Caterpillar Financial Services, Anne and Peter Neff, and Arkiv Jazz.

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