Music Of Stan Kenton Big Band | April 07, 5:00pm
What finer way to welcome Spring to Michigan than with a joyful big band frolic at the magnificent Music Hall Center for Performing Arts? Brassworks Entertainment is proud to present the Detroit Masters of Music Big Band celebrating the legendary music of Stan Kenton , with featured performer Peter Erskine, Sunday April 7, 5:00 pm, at the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts , 350 Madison St, Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 887-8501.Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and are available through Ticketmaster or the Music Hall box office. Presented in partnership with the evening jazz programming at WRCJ 90.9 FM , this very special concert will also be recorded live for national release, and limited edition autographed copies will be made available to premium ticket purchasers. Details are available at www.musichall.org.
Band Leader Stan Kenton made two records in 1943, launching what proved to be a 25-year association with the newly formed Capitol Records, "Artistry in Rhythm," his theme, and "Eager Beaver ", both records shot the band to the top ranks of wartime popularity. In the years following World War II, Mr. Kenton's was one of the first big jazz bands, along with Dizzy Gillespie's, to use Afro-Cuban rhythmic coloration in their music. Mr. Kenton, a pianist who sometimes played solos with his orchestra, had a flamboyant manner that did not diminish the musical turmoil he created. He conducted with great arm-waving vigor, ending every selection with up stretched arms and an ecstatic expression.
Peter Erskine has played the drums since the age of four and is renowned for his versatility and love of different musical contexts. He appears on more than 600 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy ® Awards , plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992). Thirty albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He has played with the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson Big Bands, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, the Brecker Brothers , The Yellowjackets, and Pat Metheny, among many others. Mr. Erskine has been voted ‘Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’ ten times by the readers of Modern Drummer magazine. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan and studied at Indiana University.
Masters of Music Big Band Leader Ron Kischuk is the Detroit area’s most prominent trombonist. He has been a featured soloist with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra on several occasions and has performed with the orchestra many times as principal trombonist. The Masters of Music Big Band has backed Johnny Mathis, Hal Linden, the Temptations, Natalie Cole and Gladys Knight, among others. Mr. Kischuk has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Vickie Winans, Tim Bowman, the Four Tops, the Temptations, and Grand Funk Railroad, among many others. Mr. Kischuk also played lead trombone on the Grammy ® Award winning soundtrack Standing In The Shadows Of Motown.
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