Sunday, October 27th at 3 p.m. Celebrate Art Blakey’s Centennial with New York guitarist Joshua Breakstone supported by bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Sean Dobbins in a program of compositions associated with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
The sixth season kicks off with a hard bop jazz fan’s delight in the music of drummer/bandleader Art Blakey (born Pittsburg 10-11-19) played by veteran guitarist Joshua Breakstone who’s horn-like single note lines are created with sound energy described as “fire in velvet.” Bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Sean Dobbins are Detroit’s finest jazz rhythm section.
On Sunday, February 23rd at 3 p.m. the series resumes with Michigan’s own Diego Rivera, a saxophonist known for his muscular tone and a composer/bandleader known for a unique blend of straight-ahead mainstream jazz fused with music inspired by his Latino background and heritage. He currently holds a tenured appointment as Associate Professor of Jazz Saxophone at Michigan State University where he also serves as Associate Director of Jazz Studies. Rivera’s new recording, “Connections” on www.posi-tone.com records, is introducing this Ann Arbor native to a worldwide audience.
Sunday, March 29th at 3 p.m. the most improvisational performance in this year’s series welcomes the towering New York City multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson with Chicago-area drummer/educator Jack Mouse for a program of spontaneous creative music. Robinson and Mouse appear on record in duet, with the addition of Mouse’s wife, vocalist Janice Borla, and together in The Jack Mouse Quintet. Mouse is currently Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at North Central College, Chicago. His playing experience is stylistically broad (from Tex Beneke to Stan Kenton) while his daring keeps him relevant in the advanced realm of Chicago’s jazz scene. See jackmouse.com. Scott Robinson’s appearance in the Great Lakes region is a signal event in this year’s concert season. There is no living artist with as broad an instrumental or musically stylistic range at this high a level as Scott Robinson.
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