Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gospel Jazz at the Museum Tomorrow (2/20), Langston Hughes Jazz-Poetry Event Tonight and Tomorrow (2/19-20)

The David Banks Gospel Jazz Ensemble returns to A Little Lunch Music tomorrow. There should soon be a post from me on the museum's blog with a little more info. If it doesn't turn up, the free concert will be noon to 1:00 PM in the auditorium at the Jule Collins Museum of Fine Art.

There's some video of David's group in a previous post of mine, where I talked about his weekly Jazz-Up Weekend e-mail list that you should subscribe to.

I just returned from rehearsing with them in Columbus. Aside from the easy-going jazz-Gospel arrangements and a David Banks original, come enjoy the violin solos of Janie Weise and the versatility of trumpeter Michael Johnson. Johnson also plays a mean keytar solo, and will trade scat lines with vocalist Rusty Taylor! David's wife Barbara Banks will also be in the group sharing lead vocals with Rusty. It will be fun.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Ron McCurdy in Auburn for Black History Month

Tonight I will actually be going to something as an audience member, which is very rare for me. It's strange that it's rare, especially as much as I seem to profess arts advocacy, but there it is. I'll be at the Foy Union Auditorium to hear actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner read the poetry of Langston Hughes for Hughes's Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz. It will feature the Ron McCurdy Quartet.

I would have worked harder to publicize this earlier if when I called the other day, they hadn't told me there were only four tickets left out of 400ish. More about what you'll be missing on McCurdy's website FBS MAL and at this Wire Eagle news story:

Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Ron McCurdy Quartet to perform Langston Hughes’ ‘Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz’ at Auburn University

Maybe I'll review it.

[UPDATE (2/19/2014): I should have publicized this better, as there were hundreds of seats available at the performance. Next time, I won't trust that everyone will claim their reserved tickets to a free show. The good news is that from the stage, Dr. McCurdy announced that the group will repeat the performance in Tuskegee tomorrow night, 2/20. I am looking for details, but can't find them.]

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