West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series will feature Michigan State University’s Bebop Spartans, along with special guest, world-renown jazz bassist, Christian McBride at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts Performance Hall, on Sat., Oct. 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The next generation of great American jazz musicians is represented in this spectacular ensemble from MSU. Improvisation, bebop, swing, blues, and soul are just a few genres of this American art form that the Bebop Spartans will be performing.
Michigan State University has become the national powerhouse of Jazz Education. Under the direction of Professor Rodney Whitaker, MSU has recruited some of the world’s finest young jazz musicians. The Bebop Spartans, MSU’s 19 piece jazz big band, is a culmination of Whitaker’s talent.
“Having such a high level of musical talent on stage, especially with acclaimed guest artist, Christian McBride, surely make this a night to remember,” says WSCC Associate Professor of Music, Ted Malt. “West Shore Community College’s music program has been and will continue to be the number one outreach destination for the MSU Jazz Department.”
The MSU College of Music’s Jazz Department was a recent recipient of a one million dollar gift. With these funds, MSU has the means to engage high-level guest artists for their outreach concerts.
Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 year, sometimes hard to believe considering this man is not yet 40.
Beginning in 1989, this Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at the Juilliard School, only to be snatched up by alto saxophonist, Bobby Watson. Since then, McBride's lists of accomplishments have been nothing short of staggering.
McBride has worked with the best of the very best - Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny.
In the R&B/Contemporary world, he's not only played with, but also arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby.
"Jazz is one of America's only true art forms, and MSUs jazz program is one of the nation's top-tier, premiere jazz studies programs. The audience will be thoroughly entertained and get an up-close and personal experience that they simply can't get in larger, less intimate performance halls," Malt adds.
An afterglow jam session will be held at the Jamesport Brewing Company, 410 South James Street in Ludington, starting at approximately 10 p.m. There is no cover charge for this event, however early seating or reservations are highly recommended.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the WSCC Box Office at 231-843-5507.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement