Herb Hardesty @ Jazz Fest

The very excellent Keith Spera reports on day 2:

Hardesty is best known for his many decades in the Fats Domino band. His tenor is featured on the original recordings of many Domino classics, “I’m Walkin’,” “Blue Monday” and “Ain’t That a Shame” among them. As Domino’s bandleader, Hardesty was known for his explosive, acrobatic solos.

But the 88-year-old’s epic resume also includes collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington and the Count Basie Orchestra, among many others. It was that jazzier mindset that Hardesty, a 12th Ward native who has lived in Las Vegas since the early 1970s, tapped on Saturday.