02/16/2012 11:00 am ET | Updated Apr 17, 2012

The Music of Cal Massey

Throughout much of February, Harlem becomes alive with much appreciation towards Black History Month. Among those greats whose lives are constantly celebrated in Harlem through monuments and such are the likes of Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and Malcolm X. But there is one African American notable that is not often attributed to Black History, but in fact should be because of his deep contributions to jazz and American music as a whole. That individual is Cal Massey, a renowned trumpeter and composer, whose soulful compositions continue to resonate today.

While this groundbreaking composer may go unknown to many, his contributions to American music are remarkable. His poignant works have been recorded by John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan, Philly Lee Jones, Archie Shepp, and others. In addition to composing jazz music, Massey spent part of his career as a touring artist who performed across the country, including Harlem's original Red Rooster.

Join me at Red Rooster Harlem, as we host two evenings of tribute concerts to honor this legendary jazz musician. Our tribute to Cal Massey will be conducted by Fred Ho -- revolutionary Chinese American baritone saxophonist, composer, writer, producer and political activist. Fred has received numerous honors for his work and is the youngest person to ever receive the Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award. His unique work and style personify the cross-cultural hybrid of American New Music and Jazz.

Of course, the night would not be complete without the Red Rooster's signature fare and libations. Our menu will feature a selection of newly composed dishes and signature cocktails reflecting the vibe and elegance of Red Rooster's downstairs venue.

Seated tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Show times for Wednesday, February 22nd are 7:30pm and 9:30pm and show times for Sunday, February 26th are 6:00pm and 8:30pm. Seating for the first show of each night starts 1 hour before show starts.
For reservations, please call 212-792-9001.

We hope that you will join us for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening.