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Eddie Henderson (USA) Quartet

Eddie Henderson (USA) Quartet

Live at Magy's Farm sessions

Magy's Farm are proud to present Eddie Henderson (USA) Quartet, live in session.

About the session

Still pinching myself. One of the greatest trumpet players of all time, Eddie Henderson playing Magy's Farm and inviting me to join him for one, honestly, still buzzing. A brief summary of his history...First trumpet lessons from Louis Armstrong, key part of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band, released his own material on Blue Note, Steeplechase, Milestone to name a few, key Blue Note releases 'Sunburst' and 'Heritage'. Oh by the way, did I say he was a medical doctor and international figure skater? Well when he played Magy's Farm in December he was a tender 83 years old, but still as much fire in his belly and a blistering control of his instrument. To hang out with him was a dream, massively informative, inspirational, and an experience I will never forget. How did this even come about? It seems impossible don't you think. Well there is a man working so hard in the background that makes this happen in different places around the world, usually with no financial gain to himself, rather a blind commitment to the music. What he does is make things happen that don't normally happen. He is a selfless visionary who puts the musicians first and tries to priorities their well-being, taking care of business before he gets to doing anything of his own. He is one of Ireland's greatest ever jazz musicians and drummer on the night, Stephen Keogh. Stephen, as usual, lit a fire under the gig, with burning solos and reactive drumming, respectful flamboyance if there is such a thing…well I guess there is now. Arnie on bass was the monster we have all heard about, one of the most exceptional bass players and educators in the UK, decades of experience and who has formed a working relationship with Eddie over the years. Pianist Matyas Gayer was so creative on the night, mesmerizing at times as he held the glue that cohesed the unit. They chose tunes mostly from Eddie's new and previous albums. It was nostalgic but riveting, passionate but compassionate, uniquely artistic but open for the people to not just be observers, but part of the experience, a musical entity that once shared, permanently unites us. Thank you guys for the music, Eddie for your enormous contribution, Stephen for your tireless commitment to jazz and its community.


Eddie Henderson (yes that Eddie Henderson, Blue Note, Herbie Hancock!!!!!)


Stephen Keogh


Matyas Gayer


Arnie Symogie

Session date

December 2023