Best known for his score to Jack Gelber's 1959 play, The Connection, hard bop pianist and composer Freddie Redd performed in both the original stage production as well as Shirley Clarke's 1961 film adaptation. A New Yorker now based on the West Coast, Freddie rarely makes stage appearances on the East Coast. As alto sax giant Jackie McLean once put it, ""Freddie just appears from time to time, like some wonderful spirit." For this one-night-only appearance, Freddie returns to his native city, bringing his sextet to the Birdland stage. Along with Freddie on piano, the sextet features tenor saxophonist Brad Linde, alto saxophonist Chris Byars, trombonist John Mosca, bassist Ari Roland and drummer Stefan Schatz.