Before he won two Grammy Awards and became famous as a member of the groundbreaking rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun already was an accomplished jazz drummer having been raised on a steady diet of his father’s bebop records. He graduated with honors from Berklee School of Music and then he hit the road. In 2000, he led the Will Calhoun Quintet that featured Bobby Watson and Terell Stafford on the frontline on his Grammy-nominated album . Jazz unquestionably is in his blood, a part of his heritage. “Before rock, before hip-hop, before funk,” , “in my family, African-American history was very important, whether it was Muhammad Ali or Jim Brown, Coltrane, Miles, Duke Ellington—it wasn’t just listening to the music in my house. The life styles of these men and other women were laid down as history lessons on the music and culture.” Jazz quite obviously loomed large from the onset for this prodigious drummer.
Will recorded with the bands of Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders, Jaco Pastorius, and also B.B. King and Dr. John. After an immersion in African rhythms and electronica, he returns to his jazz roots with his current band that features the virtuosic and flamboyant acoustic bassist Charnett Moffett, one of five offspring of free jazz drummer Charles Moffett; and the fiercely creative keyboard star Marc Cary, who came to prominence with three Grammy nominations through his work with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and vocalists Abbey Lincoln (with whom he spent more than a decade) and Betty Carter. The frontline features special guests of significant repute.Tenor and soprano saxophonist Marcus Strickland is a rising star who grew under the tutelage of Roy Haynes and then Jeff Tain Watts. He now leads is own band. Marcus teams with veteran trumpeter Brian Lynch, who has had an illustrious career in the bands of Phil Woods and Eddie Palmieri. He played in the final iteration of the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, as well. Brian also has strong pedagogical credentials, currently holding academic positions at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, NYU, and the North Netherlands Conservatory.
This modern mainstream jazz band guarantees to be pulse-pounding for the South Florida JAZZ audience as a recently completed and highly acclaimed stint at the Blue Note in New York confirmed.
Will Calhoun – drums
Marcus Strickland – tenor and soprano saxophones
Brian Lynch – trumpet
Marc Cary – piano
Charnett Moffett – bass
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County
Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division