Hugh Masekela & Larry Willis
Hugh Masekela, world-renowned trumpeter, band leader, composer, singer and activist combines his talents with long time musical cohort, pianist Larry Willis, for a show of historical proportions. These two giants of music, after decades of cultivating careers apart and together, take us on a journey through the Great American Songbook.
When they first met in 1961 at the Manhattan School of Music, over 50 years ago, Masekela was fresh off the plane from South Africa imbued with not only the sounds of kwela, marabi, and mbaqanga, but the richness of American jazz players and singers, and Willis was an opera major with heavy jazz leanings.
Masekela, with the help and tutelage of the likes of Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis, went on to carve out a five-decades-long career that has produced a diverse range of music from the 1968 number 1 hit “Grazing In The Grass” to the 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela).”
Parallel to this, Willis has performed as a sideman or band member to Hugh Masekela, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball, and Nat Adderley, in addition to cultivating a career as a solo artist.
Experience this rare opportunity to listen to two master musicians, and best of friends, perform the Great American Songbook together
7pm show: $35 - $50
9:30pm show: $30 - $45
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Doors to the 7pm show open 90 minutes before the show. In order to ease the transition between concerts, we recommend that 9:30pm attendees not arrive more than 30 minutes before the show.
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