Starting in August 2012, and lasting for three months, a series of concerts in cities around North America and Europe will take place in which bands will perform the compositions of Pepper Adams. This is the greatest celebration of Pepper Adams that has ever taken place, and likely one of the most ambitious series of jazz concerts about one musician ever produced. So far, performances are being scheduled in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington DC, Champaign/Urbana IL, Chicago, New York, Tarrytown NY, Toronto, and Montreal. Other cities under discussion are Milwaukee, Rochester NY, Kansas City, Boston, Hartford, Amherst, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Oslo. These gigs will coincide with the release of Gary Carner's book Pepper Adams' Joy Road: An Annotated Discography and the 6-CD box set Pepper Adams: Complete Compositions. Radio/print interviews, wine receptions, and readings are also being set up in many of these locations.
Musicians performing Adams tunes:
Los Angeles: Dale Fielder
San Francisco: Ron Marabuto
Minneapolis/St. Paul: Phil Hey
New York: Frank Basile
Tarrytown NY: Alexis Cole
Washington: Brad Linde
Champaign/Urbana: Glenn Wilson
Chicago: Jeremy Kahn
London: Pete Lukas and Gary Smulyan
Toronto: Pat LaBarbera
Montreal: Andre White and Cameron Wallis
Stay tuned for the full schedule.