Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
The cultural center 92Y Tribeca closes this summer after five years, but not before one more double-bill from The Checkout: Live.
Clarinetist and saxophone player Don Byron has a way of homing in on a departed artist’s legacy and transforming it with intelligence and adventure. Having already dedicated albums to klezmer clarinetist Mickey Katz, the great saxophonist Lester Young circa 1946 and R&B saxophonist Junior Walker, Byron and his latest project take after the legacy of classic gospel music, primarily that of composer Thomas A. Dorsey and singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Byron’s 2012 album Love, Peace and Soul investigates the bluesy Southern gospel tradition with a band he calls the New Gospel Quintet. It headlines this The Checkout: Live concert.
The evening begins with a set from The Bridge Trio, a collective of three young musicians from New Orleans. Joe Dyson (drums), Max Moran (bass) and Conun Pappas (piano) met in the city’s performing-arts high school, and have all gone on to careers in music. Together, they’ve worked as Donald Harrison’s rhythm section before they could legally drink, and in 2012 released a self-titled debut album. Their new-school inspirations and grounding in New Orleans’ musical community result in a precociously mature sound.
The Bridge Trio opens for Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet onstage at 92Y Tribeca in downtown New York City as part of the WBGO concert series The Checkout: Live. WBGO and NPR Music present a live radio broadcast and online video webcast of both sets on Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.
New Gospel Quintet
- Don Byron, tenor saxophone/clarinet
- Carla Cook, vocals
- Brad Jones, bass/backing vocals
- Nat Adderley Jr., piano
- Pheeroan akLaff, drums
The Bridge Trio
- Conun Pappas, piano
- Max Moran, bass
- Joe Dyson, drums