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Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis

Wharton Center, East Lansing MI
Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness two legendary jazz giants onstage in the intimate Pasant Theatre during this concert event. When Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis first met in the halls of the Manhattan School of Music – Masekela working on his Afro-Jazz sound and Willis his stylistic piano – the jazz world felt a tremor. Over fifty years later, that tremor became a resounding earthquake as these two played their way into the jazz pantheon with tapping feet and smooth melodies. Masekela and Willis possess that rare quality and set of skills that allow them to defy generations and genre barriers – Masekela working with Janis Joplin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Wonder; Willis playing as keyboardist for the Grammy- winning group Blood, Sweat & Tears. With decade-spanning careers and over 60 albums between them, Masekela and Willis are generational artists who never fade. Watch them work their musical magic and hear their otherwordly tales of life in the business as two school friends reunite as living legends.

Wharton, (517) 353-1982
750 E. Shaw LN
East Lansing, MI 48824

Smokin' Jazz and Barbeque Blues Festival

Sep 8, 2007 9:00 am

Downtown Brighton, MI
Like nothing Livingston County has ever seen, Brighton's unique street festival invites nationally renowned Blues and Jazz musicians to Downtown. A culturally diverse festival where everyone has a smokin' time is returning for its second year due to high demand. Barbecue vendors will line the streets to offer a variety of unique tastes. There will be plenty of beverages for the adults, A guitar will be raffled off and a music scholarship will be introduced. Don't miss out on this "big city" event in the beautiful city of Brighton.

Sally Eastman