Monday, December 16, 2013

PHOTO: Robert Stewart & Chester Thompson Hotplate in Joe Henderson Lab

Last Thursday night, the SFJAZZ Hotplate Series brought saxophonist Robert Stewart and keyboardist Chester Thompson into Joe Henderson Lab to honor the great Hammond B-3 organist Jimmy Smith and his seminal album Back At The Chicken Shack. The heavy-hitting quartet also featured the great Calvin Keys (Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal) on guitar and Ron E. Beck (Tower of Power, Sergio Mendes) on drums. For an encore, the group rocked out on one of Chester Thompson's own numbers from his time with Tower of Power. Below are select shots from the evening, courtesy of James Knox and Chuck Gee.

©James Knox

©Chuck Gee

©Chuck Gee

©Chuck Gee

©James Knox

Every second Thursday, the Hotplate Series in the Joe Henderson Lab features Bay Area’s most gifted musicians re-imagining a famous recording of a jazz legend. There is another layer to the artistic programming of the event. We celebrate artists whose birthday falls on the same month as the show. Jimmy Smith was born December 8th, 1925. For more info on Hotplate, visit sfjazz.org. For more photos, visit SFJAZZ Flickr.

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