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April 17, 1988: Oliver Lake’s Tribute to Eric Dolphy

Oliver Lake concert program
Program for Oliver Lake’s tribute to Dolphy at the Somerville Theater

The Oliver Lake Nonet and Big Band presented a tribute to Eric Dolphy at the Somerville Theatre on April 17, 1988.

While the Jazz Coalition was producing  Jazz All Night and the Jazz Celebrations concert series, it was also using grant money to commission new work. This ambitious 1988 program was an example of that, with Lake-the-composer funded by the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, and Lake-the-performer funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Eric Dolphy, who died in 1964, did not visit Boston too often. There was a notable week at Connolly’s in December 1962, leading a quartet featuring Herbie Hancock. He’s better known, perhaps, through his musical associations with Jaki Byard, Roy Haynes, and Tony Williams.

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