On March 22,The Old Dillard Museum honored the legacy of local celebrity and jazz great, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley with its sizzling Jazz Series. Randy Corinthian, this month’s featured Jazz Saxophonist, inspired by “Cannonball” entertained an audience of over 150 jazz enthusiasts at the Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale. Corinthian’s quartet performed “Straight No Chaser”, “Soflty As Morning Sunrise”, “Equinox”, “Work Song”, and Adderley’s famed 1966 jazz-pop crossover single “Mercy Mercy Mercy”.
Corinthian, a music educator at Parkway Middle School of the Arts, showcased 3 student musicians. The sudents, performed during both sets and were featured on songs by Charlie Parker (“Now’s the Time), John Coltrane (“Mr. P.C.”) and Kenny Dorham (“Blue Bossa”).
Julian “Cannonball”Adderley, born Sept. 15, 1928, is revered for this versatility, playing classic jazz, bop, and soulful ancestral compositions. “Cannonball” is often remembered for his 1966 single “Mercy Mercy Mercy”, a jazz-pop crossover, and for his work with trumpeter Miles Davis and legend Ray Charles. Adderley died in Gary, Indiana., Aug. 8, 1975.
Corinthian has worked with many notable musicians including Ellis Marsalis, Victor Goines, Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath, Rodney Jordan, Leon Anderson Jr., Ron Isley, and Rick Watford. He has also appeared as an artist on Tom Joyner’s Fantastic Voyage Cruise, performing with Coco Brown and The Phat Cat Players, and was featured as a guest solo artist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. As a Producer/Songwriter, his music has been featured on VH1, BET and MTV’s “Making The Band”, Rock Dinner, Jersey Shore and True Life. His music has also been featured on Bravo Channel’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker”. As a music producer and writer, he has produced several original songs for Robert Townsend and The Black Family Channel.