Jazz at the MAC: Tony Hagood presents The Music of Horace Silver


7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

$20 - $25

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center

777 Evening St., Worthington, OH 43085

(614) 431-0329

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Bronwynn Theatre

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Join us for Tony Hagood Presents! A Tribute to Horace Silver; widely considered one of the most influential jazz pianists and composers of his lifetime.

Horace Silver got his break when he was recruited to play with Stan Getz in 1950. In addition to his short time with Getz, Silver also worked as a side man with Miles Davis, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Milt Jackson, and many others. He moved to New York city where his reputation continued to spread as a great composer and for his bluesy inventive playing. Silver transitioned from playing bebop to hard bop which emphasized melody rather than complex harmony. Many of his compositions contain very catchy, memorable melodies that connect well with audiences. 

Silver and Art Blakey co-founded the Jazz Messengers which was the start of Horace Silver’s influence of the art form. His first big hit “The Preacher.” Was released on their Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers album. Although Silver wasn’t with the group long, the Messengers became a group that was a marker of talent and a proving ground for young musicians and went on to include such huge names as Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Keith Jarrett, Chuck Mangione, Wynton Marsalis etc.  

“Silver wrote originals that were not only actually original but memorably melodic, presaging a gradual return to melodic creativity among writing jazzmen.” – John S. Wilson

Silver’s legacy lives on through his compositions which we are excited to share with the audience January 25th. Many of Silver’s compositions have become jazz standards and are still played and recorded today some 63 years later.

In addition to being known for his compositions, his playing style was very original and helped influence many jazz pianists of the day. Silver “Redefined the jazz piano, which up until then was largely modeled on the dexterity and relentless attack of Bud Powell.” – Blue Note. Downbeat magazine credited Horace as “a key influence on a large segment of modern jazz pianists.” This included Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Timmons, Cecil Taylor who were impressed by Silver’s aggressive but melodic style.


Joining Tony Hagood for this concert are:

Anthony Stanco – Trumpet (2 time Grammy nominee, OSU instructor)

Michael Cox – Tenor Saxophone (Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Capital University instructor)

Reggie Jackson – Drums (Harmony Project, Diane Schuur)

Bradley Mellen – Bass (Clave Sonic, Chakra, composer/arranger)


Senor Blues


Song for My Father


The Jodie Grind


Sister Sadie