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Tenor saxophonist Buck Hill is a D.C. legend. Had he moved to New York City, he surely would have become a national figure. He was already making waves with his music by the mid-1940s, and in the coming years he honed his skills as a bebop master alongside Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and other greats who came through D.C. to perform. Hill’s uncompromising swing and rich, reedy tone were originally “discovered” by the famous guitarist Charlie Byrd, with whom Hill recorded a series of albums in the 1950s. By the ’70s, he was recording as a leader alongside Buster Williams, Kenny Barron and other greats.
The standout saxophonist – and jazz instructor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts – Davey Yarborough leads a tribute to Buck with a fine crop of DC cats, including the tenaciously swinging and lyrically playful trumpeter Michael Thomas.