Throwback: Eddie Henderson-Inside You

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Eddie Henderson is from San Francisco, California and received his first trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong when he was 9 years old. His family was friends with Miles Davis and Henderson took advice from him when he was a teenager studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He attended medical school and spent time learning more about his craft with Freddie Hubbard. In the ’70’s he had a three year job working with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band. It was with Hancock and his band that Henderson recorded his first two albums Realization and Inside Out. Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey and Dexter Gordon were some of the other jazz greats he would work with and gain new experiences. “Inside You” is a song from his 1976 Heritage album on Blue Note. There would be seven total projects that he recorded in the ’70’s for various labels. Commercially he did well in the UK with the single “Prance On” from his 1978 album Mahal. “Cyclops” was the b-side to “Prance On” and it became a cult hit with UK DJs. In the ’90s Henderson toured and also worked as a psychiatrist. In 2002 he recorded a tribute to Miles Davis called So What named after the legendary trumpeter’s famous tune. Henderson continues to record with For All We Know from 2010 being his most current work and he is a faculty member at Juilliard and the Harrt School of Music.