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Lafayette Harris, Jr. & Cecilia SmithJAZZ CONCERT SERIES - VIBES & PIANO
Cecilia Smith & Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Jazz & History

Jazz & Emotion

Jazz & Culture
Fri, Oct. 15, 2021, 12:00-1:00 pm
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For a series of three live stream concerts from Brooklyn, New York, vibraphonist Cecilia Smith and pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. will play arrangements and discuss their music on the topics of Jazz & History, Jazz & Emotion, and Jazz & Culture – African American cultural influences in particular.

Cecilia Smith is a leading vibraphonist as well as a composer, arranger and teaching artist, and has performed throughout the world. She has received numerous commissions, A Joyce Award for teaching people with disabilities in hospitals, and a Masters in Jazz Award for her work at new England Conservatory and Kennedy Center, Washington DC.

Lafayette Harris Jr's 9th and newest CD: You Can’t Lose with The Blues (Savant) went to #1 on the Jazzweek Jazz charts in Feb, 2020. It was the third most played CD in all of jazz radio that year. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Legacy Orchestra, Houston Person, Max Roach, Ernestine Anderson, and many others. Harris conducted and played in the smash hit Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk (1995-1999), among several other Broadway shows including The Color Purple (2005-2008).

This concert series is presented as a Thank You to celebrate the COVID-19 response of staff, individuals served, and families of Michigan Medicine, among others. This series is possible through a Digital Residency grant by Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR), organized in partnership with musicians Cecilia Smith and Lafayette Harris, Jr. to help bring stress reduction and musical joy, from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund. AGARís concerts in 2021-2022 are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Lynchburg Community Foundation.

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Since May 2020, Gifts of Art at Michigan Medicine has partnered with Project: Music Heals Us to offer private real-time concerts by accomplished musicians for inpatients from remote locations. For more information, contact Carrie McClintock.

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