Benefit NJMH, Cape May Fest, Abyssinian Jazz Vespers
Special to AmNews | , Ron Scott | 11/1/2012, 12:06 p.m.
This is one of those festivals with great musicians that is close enough to the city not to be missed. "Music has such a great capacity to bring people together, and the festivals that resonate with their audience seem to be able to bring out what is best in both the audience and the musicians," stated Michael Kline, concert promoter and president of Spy Boy Productions.
For more concert information, visit www.exit0jazzfest.com or call 609-849-9202 or 888-943-1864 toll-free.
Abyssinian Jazz Vespers continues its monthly jazz series on Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. featuring the Christian McBride Trio at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Place (138th Street between Seventh and Lenox avenues). The trio includes the 23-year-old protege of Dr. Billy Taylor, pianist Christian Sands, whose notes always seems to shine, and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.
In 2010, Owens received his first Grammy Award for his performance on Kurt Elling's "Dedicated to You." In 2012, he won his second Grammy Award for Christian McBride's Big Band album "The Good Feeling" (Mack Avenue Records).
This trio is yet another configuration that offers up the diverse musical tastes of McBride. From his big band to his quintet, Inside Straight--which can swing from funk to jazz and fusion--he has over 300 recordings and performances with such jazz notables and ensembles, including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones, Lewis Nash, Joshua Redman and Ray Brown's "Superbass" with John Clayton, as well as with hip-hop, pop, soul and classical musicians like the Roots, Kathleen Battle, Carly Simon, Sting and Bruce Hornsby.
This trio is an all-star cast of young guns and a slightly older gun all playing close to the edge of jazz tradition. The guest host will be Sheila Anderson from jazz radio station WBGO-FM.