With a pianist and compositional style that draws from black gospel, bebop, Latin and R&B sources, Horace Silver was one of the major musicians of the hard-bop and soul-jazz movements of the '50s and '60s. Playing both saxophone and piano in high school Silver grew up listening to the folk music of his father’s native Afro-Portuguese land Cape Verde. He also absorbed the popular jazz, blues and gospel music of the day. Silver played and recorded with a number of jazz stars, including Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Milt Jackson, Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins. He made his first record as a leader with Lou Donaldson in 1952 for Blue Note, which marked a relationship with the label that lasted 28 years.
Silver worked with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1953, and the group's back-to-basics approach was the start of the hard-bop era. Silver's profile as a leader and composer rose for the next two decades, especially with his signature tunes including, "Doodlin'," "Opus De Funk," "Sister Sadie" and his 1964 Cape Verdean/Bossa Nova hit, "Song For My Father." Similar to Blakey's band, his own group became a breeding ground for young talent, including the Brecker Brothers, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw and Ralph Moore.
Shepherd will perform songs from her latest album "Live at Cinegrill" during the International Jazz Festival Saturday. Shepherd started singing with her church choir at age eight, and began studying voice at sixteen. She has performed sold out concerts around the world blending rock, blues, ballad and standards as well as her own compositions. She has recorded nine albums, including "Cybill Getz Better" with Stan Getz, "Vanilla" with Phineas Newborn Jr., "Somewhere Down the Road" featuring a title cut with Peabo Bryson, "Cybill Does It To Cole Porter," "At Long Last Love," "Talk Memphis to Me," and "Songs from the Cybill Show." Her most recent album "Live at the Cinegrill" was released in 2001.
All concerts at the Promenade in Temecula are free. Contact Musicians Workshop at (909) 678-2517 or www.musiciansworkshop.org.