Bill Hurd is a
welcome feature at any Memphis venue catering to jazz fans.
His mastery of the alto and tenor saxophone is reminiscent
of Coltrane and his virtuosity on soprano and baritone sax
is equally impressive.
Hurd has recorded
with Kirk Whalum, Isaac Hayes, Maurice White, Greg Curtis,
Phil Perry, Kevin Whalum, J. Blackfoot, and Wendy Moten and
with fellow legendary Memphis musicians like Floyd Newman,
Rod McGaha, Rick Braun, and Lester Snell.
But Bill Hurdís
genius is not limited to music. He is also known as Dr.
William C. Hurd, a practicing Ophthalmologist. In addition
to his medical degree, he has an MBA from M.I.T. and a B.S.
in engineering from Notre Dame (where he was an All-American
captain of the track team and named Notre Dame's 1968
Athlete of the Year). Furthermore, Hurd has patented
inventions of medical devices relating to his work as an eye
surgeon. His two sons are honors graduates of Notre Dame,
and his wife of 42 years is a Tennessee Circuit Court Judge.
Hurd has high standards, and those standards extend to
choosing the members of his quartet. Tom Lonardo (drums),
Sidney Kirk (keyboard), and Erroll Thomas (bass) are all
considered among the Southís finest musical talents. And
youíll hear how it all comes together on this performance
captured live in Memphis, TN.