Nick Dunston, Hot House

Detroit-born drummer Henry Conerway III has been fueling some of the most extraordinary voices on the New York jazz scene. An in-demand sideman, he’s been accompanying artists like Jazzmeia Horn, Marcus Printup and Freddy Cole; now he is preparing to release his debut record as a leader With Pride For Dignity.

On his calling to debut his band-leading skills, Henry says, “The Journey of the artistic process is often a lengthy one that often follows circuitous path. Before taking the stage as a sideman with any of the aforementioned artists, I was making music with the gentlemen of this ensemble.”

Featuring Kenny Banks Jr. on piano and and Kevin Smith on bass, Henry talks a bit about his concept for the lineup on this upcoming record. “These gentlemen are two of the finest musicians I know. Kenny is married to melody. It’s like he’s playing songs within songs all the time,” he says, “Kevin Smith is solid, selfless and his swing is super deep. He has made it his mission to always serve the music first and foremost, deciding at all times to uplift the band.”

See Henry Conerway III’s trio debut With Pride For Dignity for its release concert at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Sept. 4.

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