Jazz saxophonist Gary McCourry will collaborate with West Michigan musicians on Sunday, March 9th, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in a concert featuring the music of the legendary baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. Open to the public at Christ Lutheran Church, 2350 44th St SW, Wyoming MI. McCourry will be joined by saxophonists Tom Stansell, and Michael Doyle, trumpeter Chris Lawrence, pianist Steve Talaga, drummer Tim Froncek, and bassist Tom Lockwood. A free will offering will be taken to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Gerry Mulligan, arguably the most significant baritone saxophonist in the history of jazz, was also a unique composer and arranger who left a tremendous legacy of music. He was extremely influential in the development of the “Cool” or “West Coast” jazz style of the 1950’s. His melodies, logically constructed and often filled with humor, are considered miniature masterpieces. This concert will feature Mulligan compositions from throughout his career, including unique arrangements for three baritone saxophones and trumpet on such Mulligan gems as Line for Lyons, Five Brothers and Walkin’ Shoes, among other classics.
For additional information about this event, contact Gary McCourry at (845) 913-5058.
Click on the photo at left for a YouTube video featuring Gary McCourry.