Bobby McFerrin, Ramsey Lewis, the Monty Alexander Trio and a pairing of The Manhattan Transfer with Take 6 will highlight the 30th annual Jazz Concert Season at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.
The MCG Jazz series begins with Mr. McFerrin on Sept. 23 and runs through April 21. Three of the concerts will be recorded live and released on the Grammy-winning MCG Jazz label.
“I love the fact that we finally will have Bobby McFerrin here at the Center,” says Marty Ashby, VP and executive producer of MCG Jazz. “Also, the three recording projects with the large ensembles and guests next spring are pretty amazing to pull together. And finally, it is great to showcase young talent with Joey Alexander's Trio and then the ‘Under 30 for the 30th’ show where all the cats will be young lions that are moving this music forward.”
Here is the schedule:
Sept. 23-24: Bobby McFerrin
Oct. 7: TIZER featuring Chieli Minucci, Karen Briggs, Eric Marienthal and Gerald Veasley, joining Lao Tizer
Oct. 22: The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 – October 22
Oct. 29: Freddy Cole 85th Birthday Bash with Nnenna Freelon and Joel Frahm
Nov. 19: An Intimate Evening with Ramsey Lewis and Ann Hampton Callaway
Dec. 3: Monty Alexander Trio featuring John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton Celebrating 40 years
Dec. 16: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey Deluxe Holiday and More
Feb. 4: Under 30 for the 30th produced by Etienne Charles
Feb. 10-11: Ray Brown Tribute with Rufus Reid, Bass Choir and Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra
Feb. 25: Lewis Nash Celebrates Kenny Clark and Art Blake with special guest Roger Humphries
March 10-11, 2017: DIVA Jazz Orchestra & the Boys featuring Ken Peplowski, Maurice Hines, Bobby Cranshaw and More
March 17, 2017: Joey Alexander Trio
March 31-April 1, 2017: Bob Mintzer Big Band and New York Voices
April 8, 2017: Bob James and Howard Paul plus Benedetto Guitar’s “Future Stars”
April 21, 2017: 30th Anniversary All-Star Smooth Jazz Celebration featuring Gregg Karukas, Vincent Ingala, Peter White, Chuck Loeb.
Friday concerts will be at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and Saturday shows will be 6 and 8:30 pm.
Choose-your-own concert subscription packages of four or more concerts are available now. Single tickets range from $49.50 to $65.00 and will go on sale in Sept. 1. More info at 412-322-0800 for more information or visit www.mcgjazz.org.
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