A versatile talent on the tenor and soprano saxophones, Alvin “Wink” Flythe’s career path may have been determined when, at age 11, he was hoisted onto the shoulders of the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra reedman Paul Gonsalves during a performance. Flythe had the opportunity to play with Ellington, a blood relative, while in his youth, and went on to work with other jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Lonnie Liston Smith, Bernard Wright and Little Jimmy Scott, as well as diverse other artists like the Fatback Band, Oscar Brown, Jr, and director Spike Lee. That he grew up in South Jamaica, Queens is forever chronicled in his contribution to Tom Browne’s Funk-Soul classic “Funkin’ for Jamaica”. What time is it? It’s Flythe Time!
This event will stream on the Jazz Foundation and Jazz Museum Facebook pages and the Museum YouTube Channel.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
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