"PLUS 1" JAZZ TRIO
This month we welcome the "PLUS 1" Jazz Trio to the Jazz Spot for something a bit different (albeit from some familiar faces). This group features vibes (meaning of course vibraphone.. .the instrument, as well as the beautiful tones it emits) and the player of said vibes, Jason Mathena who has performed with his groups in the past at Fusion.
On bass is Fritz Martin who is back home after heading West (to North Texas) before going about as far East as one can go (China) for an extended stay. And on drums is Bud Berthold whose musical palette ranges from Charlie Love's 90's cult favorite jazz funk group "Night People" to his long residency in the magnificent Mississippi Symphony.
All three of these exceptional musicians are also teachers, so in addition to a terrific performance you will most likely also learn something about the music you are hearing (as Raphael will be on hand to interview them). Especially vibes, which developed and evolved as a jazz instrument at the hands of masters from Lionel Hampton to Gary Burton.
Says Raphael "It will be a treat for our Fusion audience to hear an actual (not synthesized) vibraphone played by Jason on the Jazz Spot. And people will have a chance to ask questions about this fascinating instrument. Not to mention enjoying the amazing music these guys will play."
So bring your good vibes and friends to Fusion for a session you won't forget. Live jazz and the best coffee in the Metro await you. Come early for best seats.
Our festival featured Astral Project, Bill Summers' Jazalsa, The Vamps, Raphael Semmes Jazz Ensemble and much more!
Astral Project (New Orleans)
Headlining this year's fest is legendary New Orleans group "ASTRAL PROJECT" whose wholly original approach to jazz and stellar musicianship have made them a "must see" attraction for jazz aficianados and festival goers worldwide with Down Beat magazine calling them "One of the most distinctive and cohesive groups in jazz."
Bill Summers & Jazalsa (New Orleans)
To say that Bill Summers is a percussionist is like saying a Steinway is a piano: the noun conveys none of the history and quality of the owner of the title. Summers is a musician of the highest order, playing anything from traditional African instruments to pop bottles, and a cultural visionary who brings diverse people and ideas together. For our festival he brings his group "Jazalsa" to add a very danceable latin vibe to our lineup.
Raphael Semmes Jazz Ensemble(Jackson, MS)
Fresh on the heels of his selection as Best of Jackson "Favorite Jazz Artist," Raphael Semmes returns to the festival stage with some of his favorite local musicians.
The Vamps (Jackson, MS)
“The Vamps” return this year to take their festival record to 10-for-10! They headlined our inaugural festival 10 years ago and have graced our stage every year since.
The Musicians (Jackson, MS)
Willie Silas, Sherrill Holly, Bernard Holly, Dowel Taylor, and Bernard Jones (collectively known simply as "The Musicians"), are an amazing group of Jackson's finest veteran musicians.
Southern Komfort (Jackson, MS)
Jackson’s award winning, high-energy, super soulful brass band “Southern Komfort” retuns once again for what has become an annual tradition: closing out the festival by leading the audience on a jazz parade through the main drag of the Township itself.
Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble
Under the direction of Dr. Russell Thomas, Jr.
Under the direction of Larry Panella
Murrah High School Jazz Band
With introduction by Mayor Gene Magee
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