Craig Handy

Craig Handy

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8:30 PMCraig Handy
Featuring: Craig Handy and Second Line Smith
Session #5PerformanceRonnie Wells Main Stage


Craig Handy is known as the “musician’s musician”, because he’s been the first call multi-instrumentalist in New York for nearly 20 years.

Born in Oakland, California, he attended North Texas State University from 1981 to 1984, and following this played with Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, George Adams, Ray Drummond, Conrad Herwig, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and David Weiss among many others. He is a member of the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra.

He has played the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival several times before with the world-class group “The Cookers”. He will be returning with a group of his own, “Second Line Smith”, a Jimmy Smith tribute band with a New Orleans twist. We are thrilled to have him back with us, as he never fails to deliver when he sets foot on the bandstand.


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