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Irv Williams - MN Music Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee

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94-year young saxophone jazz legend Irv Williams is among the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame 2014 inductees.

 

 

Tenor saxophonist Irv Williams has moved to Minneapolis in 1942 and has shaped the Minnesota jazz music scene ever since. Irv has performed in just about every Twin Cities jazz club since WWII, he has worked or shared the stage with stars like Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges, Ella Fitzgerald, Fletcher Henderson, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine‘s orchestra and many other jazz luminaries. His warm, soulful tone and mastery of the jazz ballad earned him the moniker “Mister Smooth”. Irv has not only won many other awards, but he was also the first jazz musician to be honored by the State of Minnesota with his own “Irv Williams Day” in 1984.

The other 2014 Inductees are Gene Eiden (conductor, teacher & musician), Tony Jambor (musician & ballroom operator), Whitesidewalls (rock´n roll band), the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and Steve Murphy (musician).

The awards will be presented at the “26th Annual Induction Ceremony” at the Turner Hall in New Ulm on Friday, November 7th (tickets are at $45/person, doors open 5pm). The gala evening will showcase the Inductee´s life history and includes a dinner banquet, live entertainment and the induction ceremony. In addition, there will be a “2014 Induction Showcase” held at the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Museum on Saturday, November 8th (free admittance).

 

 

 

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