In 1954, the worlds of iconic jazz artists Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown collided, culminating in the release of Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown. The album was quickly exalted by the jazz community, and became a cornerstone of any jazz-lover’s music collection.
In 2015, Grammy nominated pianist and arranger Ray Angry turned the record on its head for Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown Reimagined, a one-night event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on Oct. 24th, applauding that which makes the album iconic while giving it his signature contemporary crunch. Featuring vocalists Christie Dashiell and Kennedy, trumpeters Keyon Harrold and Russell Gunn, drummer Kendrick Scott, and bassist Burniss Earl Travis II, the show brought together “an organic stew of talent,” where “each artist served as a beautiful stroke within a complete painting,” according to Jenna Henderson in her recent Capitalbop article on the show. She dubs them “The Avengers of jazz, each gifted with their own talent. When put together by the right maestro [meaning Angry], they became a force to be reckoned with, even greater than their sum.”
Head over to Capitalbop to check out the rest of the article and find out more about this remarkable reimagining.