Before Rayburn Wright (1922-1990) founded the jazz program at the Eastman School of Music in 1970, he was trombonist/arranger for the Glenn Miller-Tex Beneke Orchestra, he wrote scores for the Joffrey Ballet, he was a record producer, and an arranger/composer for Radio City Music Hall, movies and television. The school honors Wright Friday with a concert of music written or arranged by Wright and his former students. The tunes will also be performed by Wright's former students, with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman New Jazz Ensemble. Guests include Bill Cunliffe, Jeff Beal, Dave Glasser, Bill Reichenbach, Gene Bertoncini, and many more. Arrangers include Jeff Holmes, Fred Sturm, and Maria Schneider.
Tribute to Rayburn Wright is on Friday, October 12 at Kodak Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. 8 p.m. Free. 274-1100. esm.rochester.edu.
“Tango Caliente,” the new album by The Jay D’Amico Quintet, is so good it may make you wonder why D’Amico is not better known. Over his four decade career he’s collaborated extensively with bassist Milt Hinton, and from 1984 to the night before 9/11, D’Amico was pianist in residence at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center.