A Big Band Extravaganza! featuring Jerry Bergonzi, Lewis Porter, Marshall Gilkes and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra at Cary Hall in Lexington, Saturday, December 7 at 7PM.
The 21 piece JCA (Jazz Composers Alliance) Orchestra will be backing guest soloist/composers Lewis Porter, Jerry Bergonzi and Marshall Gilkes in a concert featuring new music by Porter, Bergonzi, and JCA resident composers David Harris, Darrell Katz, Bob Pilkington & Mimi Rabson. Curated by Lewis Porter.
Tickets $30, and $10 for students, and will be available at: https://lexingtoncommunityed.org/bigband
The concert will take place Saturday at 7PM, at Cary Hall, which is at 1605 Mass Ave in Lexington.
Lewis Porter, P.h.D., is a Grammy-nominated pianist and composer on 30 albums with Dave Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many others, as well as a celebrated educator, author, and researcher. His best-known book is John Coltrane: His Life and Music. A long-time former music professor at Rutgers in Newark and at Tufts U, he also taught at Brandeis, The New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and William Paterson.
Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is a beloved and internationally acclaimed performer, composer, author, and educator. He has performed throughout the world at all the major jazz festivals and jazz venues, with his own ensembles as well as with Dave Brubeck and many other jazz greats.
Trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes has released five albums under his own name to rave reviews. In 2003 Gilkes was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and he has been voted a Rising Star on multiple occasions in DownBeat Magazine’s esteemed Critics Poll. He has played with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Christian McBride Big Band, John Scofield, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker, Patti Austin, and many others.