Tribute to Art Farmer in Washington, DC

Event: Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7-9 PM, Washington, DC

Noal Cohen and Lynne Mueller presented a curated listening session at The University of the District of Columbia as part of the JAZZforum series. The duo discussed the life and music of Art Farmer including a playlist of 12 recordings spanning the 50-year career of the esteemed and influential trumpeter, flugelhornist and flumpeter whose 90th birthday anniversary took place on August 21, 2018:

  1. “That Ole Devil Called Love” – Art Farmer Quartet, Art, Argo LPS 678, September 1960
  2. “Farmer’s Market” – Wardell Gray Sextet, Wardell Gray Memorial, Volume Two, Prestige PRLP 7009, January 1952
  3. “Up in Quincy’s Room” – Art Farmer Septet, The Art Farmer Septet, Prestige PRLP 7031, July 1953
  4. “‘Scuse These Blues” (excerpt) – Art Farmer/Clifford Brown and the Swedish All Stars, Clifford Brown Memorial, Prestige PRLP 7055, September 1953
  5. “A Night at Tony’s” – Art Farmer Quintet, When Farmer Met Gryce, Prestige PRLP 7085, May 1954
  6. “Blueport” (excerpt) – Gerry Mulligan Quartet, The “New” Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Tax (Sweden) 3711-2, May 1959
  7. “Serenata” – The Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet, Meet the Jazztet, Argo LPS 664, February 1960
  8. “Rue Prevail” – Art Farmer Orchestra conducted by Oliver Nelson, Listen to Art Farmer and the Orchestra, Mercury SR 60766, September 1962
  9. “Loads of Love” – Art Farmer Quartet with Jim Hall, Interaction, Atlantic 1412, August 1963
  10. “Blame It on My Youth” (excerpt) – Art Farmer Quintet, Blame It on My Youth, Contemporary C 14042, February 1988
  11. “Fairytale Countryside” (excerpt) – Art Farmer Quintet, Live at Sweet Basil, Evidence ECD 22104-2, March 1992
  12. “Cherokee Sketches” (excerpt) – Art Farmer Quintet, Live at Jazzland, Koch Jazz 33321-2, January 1998

In attendance were DC notables Rusty Hassan, Patricia Willard, Muneer Nasser and Bertrand Uberall.

Left-to-right Rusty Hassan, Patricia Willard, Lynne Mueller
Left-to-right Michael Fitzgerald, Patricia Willard, Rusty Hassan, Noal Cohen
Noal Cohen and Muneer Nasser


Prior to the presentation, Michael Fitzgerald interviewed Cohen and Mueller:

Many thanks to Judy Korey, curator of The Felix Grant Archives, Michael Fitzgerald and other UDC staff members who made this event possible.