Michael Mwenso & The Shakes
Jazz has been in Michael Mwenso’s blood for most of his life. By 13 he was touring with an old-school swing band, and at age 14 his charismatic blend of raw talent and communicative flair landed him a spot touring with the legendary James Brown. Mwenso’s jazz chops and showmanship convey both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and the music’s folkloric roots. Mwenso’s music “evokes classic Motown as filtered through an acoustic jazz sensibility,” and is “sharp, ecstatic, and tidy.” (The New York Times). Don’t miss Mwenso and his big band backup, The Shakes, as they bring their evocative jazz stylings to AMP.