In an evening of double-double bass, the Cornell Concert Series is honored to welcome Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer to Bailey Hall. With a combined ten Grammy Awards, these artists showcase their backgrounds in jazz, classical, folk, and bluegrass styles to explore previously unimagined possibilities for the double bass. CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE is truly one of jazz’s modern gems. His ability, musicality (both as a solo musician and sideman), and compositions are second to none. His consistent work for NPR, pedagogy, and his various musical directorships show his dedication to keeping jazz fresh, alive, and relevant. We love his piece on “jive.” EDGAR MEYER is perhaps the instrument’s greatest virtuoso; rivaled only by the great Gary Karr himself. Meyer is uniquely able to play classical, jazz, fusion, and bluegrass, all while maintaining his own style, and trademark speed and control on the instrument.
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Maceo Parker will perform at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State on Friday, February 24th at 8 pm. Saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician. Always at the forefront, Maceo Parker has been a common thread in the history of funk – helping to pioneer the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince – all the while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. Leading his flawlessly tight band with a cool confidence, Maceo Parker transports audiences to the slickest of eras in performances that are positively timeless.
The Victor Wooten Trio, featuring Dennis Chambers on drums and Bob Franceschini on sax, will appear at the Tralf Music Hall on Sunday, March 5th at 8 pm. Victor Lemonte Wooten is a unique human being. He started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age five and at age six was on tour with The Wooten brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield. Chambers began drumming at the age of four years, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six. He was recruited in 1981 by the Sugar Hill Label to be their “house drummer.” Dennis plays on many Sugar Hill releases including, “Rapper’s Delight.” In 1978 (at 18 years old) he joined Parliament/Funkadelic, and stayed with them until 1985. In 1986 he joined the John Scofield band. Since then he has played with most of the major figures in jazz fusion music. Saxophonist, songwriter, and arranger Bob Franceschini has appeared on more than 200 albums for artists of many idioms including Mike Stern, Paul Simon, Willie Colon, Celine Dion, Bebe Winans, Tito Puente, Tower of Power, Victor Wooten, and Tom Browne. In addition to composing and arranging, Bob has performed as a touring musician with Mike Stern, The Yellow Jackets, Chaka Khan, Victor Wooten, George Benson, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Tom Browne, Willie Colón, and many others.
The Hot Sardines will appear with the RPO in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre on Friday and Saturday, March 24th and 25th at 8 pm. Dubbed the “charismatic front-runners of vintage jazz” (The Guardian), the Hot Sardines’ sound feels like a 1920s speakeasy or a pre-war dance hall, with an edge. The eight-piece band, featuring a powerhouse female lead vocalist (and a tap dancer for added percussion!), breathes new life into the hottest jazz of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, updated for a 21st century palate.
Fourplay will perform at Buffalo State on Thursday, March 3th at 8 pm. For more than two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience.
Buddy Guy will perform at the University of Buffalo on Friday, April 21st at 8 pm. At age 80, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received 7 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”