Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Eddie Henderson
Trumpeter Eddie Henderson had some success with his fusion era albums in the 70s. He still performs part time but is a full time psychiatrist. He was born Oct. 26, 1940 in New York City. His mom was a Cotton Club dancer and with her sister were The Brown Twins. At nine years of age, Louis Armstrong gave him an informal trumpet lesson. The family moved to San Francisco and Henderson studied at the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music. Miles Davis was a friend of his parents and Eddie got to jam with him as a teen. Then he went to medical school and graduated from Howard University in 1968. Henderson became known to jazz fans as part of Herbie Hancock's fusion group of the early 70s. Henderson released his first two albums on Phil Walden's Capricorn label, a label better known for Southern rock. The music was very similar to what he was doing with Hancock. He moved to Blue Note in 1975 and Sunburst was his first album there. It's very much in the vein of the jazz rock fusion that was popular at the time. Musicians are George Duke on keyboards, Bennie Maupin on sax, Julian Priester on trombone, Alphonso Johnson on bass and Harvey Mason on drums. Henderson made some more commercial albums on Capitol in the late 70s. His music did well in England but like a lot of jazz musicians, he's not that well known in the US. Meanwhile he was setting up his psychiatry practice in San Francisco and he's been doing both ever since. In the 90s he went to a hard bop style and his latest CD Precious Moment was released in 2005. Eddie Henderson's fusion music of the 70s is worth checking out. Here's Eddie Henderson with sax player Peter King performing All Blues in England Feb. 2008.