Walton show revived

Published 12:41 am Friday, November 11, 2011

It takes more than a hurricane to stop Cedar Walton from coming to Washington.

The septuagenarian jazz pianist was scheduled to perform here Aug. 26, but Hurricane Irene changed his plans.

The Walton concert was cancelled as the storm approached.

Cedar Walton

But Walton will blow into town after all, in keeping with the spirit of post-storm recovery.

Presented by the nonprofit East Coast Jazz Revue, the veteran leader’s concert will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main St.

Walton has hardly been idle since August.

Recently, the internationally celebrated bop-to-funk musician and composer has performed in such scattered locations as India and Sweden, said Larry Turner, founder and president of the East Coast Jazz Revue.

“It’s incredible — the man is in such demand,” said Turner.

Joining Walton onstage at the Turnage will be three associates: saxophonist Vincent Herring, bassist David Williams and drummer Willie Jones III, reads an ECJR news release.

Walton is riding a wave of recognition for his latest album, “The Bouncer.”

“According to their liner notes, this is urbane, straight-ahead acoustic jazz,” the release relates.

Earlier this year, Walton was honored with the University of California, Los Angeles, Duke Ellington Masters of Jazz award “and was inducted into the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2010 Class of Jazz Masters,” the release points out.

Active in his field for decades, Walton has played publicly or recorded with such jazz luminaries as drummer Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers and saxophonist John Coltrane.

“For Eastern North Carolinians, who normally have to drive to Raleigh for this kind of performance, this will be a memorable treat,” Turner said in the release.

In an interview, Turner pointed out a main thrust of ECJR’s mission: helping educate young people on the joys of jazz.

A “master class” will precede the Dec. 10 concert at 2 p.m. at the Turnage. In past ECJR concerts, featured performers have interacted with students young and old, revealing some of the technique behind the music.

Students are asked to bring their instruments and stay for a question-and-answer session with Walton and others.

The master class is free to the public.

If you’re going …

  • East Coast Jazz Revue brings you pianist Cedar Walton and a trio
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 10
  • Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main St., Washington
  • Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door
  • For more ticket information, call 252-975-1191 or visit turnagetheater.com