Melba Liston and Randy Weston 40th Anniversary Concert

October 24, 2014

On October 17th Manhattan School of Music and the Wilbur Ware Institute celebrated the 40th anniversary of the longtime collaboration between NEA Jazz Masters, the late trombonist/arranger Melba Liston (1926-1999) and the renowned jazz pianist Randy Weston. Liston was a genuine trailblazer for women in jazz, and also as an arranger working with artist such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstein, Tony Bennett and Marvin Gaye.  As a trombonist she played in all-male horn sections of bands including Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Gerald Wilson.  She wrote scores for everyone from Dizzy to Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon and Billie Holiday. Dexter Gordon wrote the tune Mischievous Lady for her. The concert took place at Manhattan School of Music in the School’s Borden Auditorium.

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