RUSS HENDERSON (b. 1924)
Henderson was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and by the late 1940s he had formed his own quartet as a pianist and accompanied calypso singers performing at American bases. In 1951, Henderson went to England to study piano tuning and developed a career as a jazz and calypso performer. He backed many calypso artists in recording sessions while at the same time leading an ensemble that could perform either as a jazz band or a steel band. During the 1960s, Henderson appeared in the jazz/calypso sessions "Sunday School" at the Coleherne pub in London and he also helped establish the Notting Hill Carnival. Henderson continues to appear as a jazz pianist in London.
Joel Forrester is the composer of more than 1200 tunes, a versatile and accomplished jazz pianist, leader of his own quartet and prolific recording artist.
Joel composed the theme for National Public Radio's "FRESH AIR with Terry Gross. The theme has been broadcast more than 200,000 times in the last three years - it's been played and heard coast-to-coast more often than any other jazz composition in American radio (both public and private stations) for the last 28 years! Recognized by the Paris Free Voice as "the world's leading accompanist to silent films", Joel Forrester has given concerts with film in Paris at the Louvre, the American Center, the Forum des Images, and the Musˇe d'Orsay. For several years he performed with films in the
Avignon Festival. In New York, he has played at the Film Forum, Brooklyn Museum, and Anthology Film Archives.
Joel is the author of an essay entitled "Undoing Time". Joel also wrote book, lyrics and music for a satirical musical comedy entitled "Fascist Living."
Forrester on Nica "(Monk) said ‘No, no, no they don’t want to hear me, maybe just a jazz evening that, that’s why there’re there, no’. And Nica pushed him physically."