Since know one has a gun to my head asking me to pick one and only one ‘hang’ that has been the greatest in the 12 Year Cellar history I guess I don’t have to commit. Tipping my had a bit though by saying that Mabes is definitely up there if not at the top of that list! There are so many pictures and so many stories to share about this wonderful man. He is the most generous and gracious people to ever perform at the club. Go to his Wikipedia Page and look at his sideman credits. That only represents a tiny bit of what he has done and who he has played with. The best part about having Mabes at the club the 2 times we’ve had him is when he ‘holds court.’ No one preaches the jazz gospel like Harold Mabern!
Thanks to Jesse Cahill for the photo!