MLK Jazz Journey Concert: Kenny Garrett and Raul Midón
Post-bop saxophone wizard Kenny Garrett
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will present its third annual Martin Luther King Weekend Jazz Journey concert. This free event will take place Friday, Jan. 17, at Dillard University's Lawless Memorial Chapel. Admission is free.
Performing live onstage will be the world-famous post-bop saxophone legend Kenny Garrett and his quintet. Garrett just received a nomination for a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, for his "Pushing the World Away."
Also performing will be the singer/songwriter/guitarist Raul Midón.
Admission is free. No advance tickets are available. Seating is by general admission.
About Kenny Garrett
Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. He has won numerous DownBeat readers polls and has been nominated seven times for Grammy awards - most recently this year for his 2013 album "Pushing the World Away" - and winning a Grammy in 2010 for his album "Seeds From the Underground."
About Raul Midón
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to The New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions "State of Mind" (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), "A World Within A World" (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and "Synthesis" (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD "Invisible Chains – Live from NYC." Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."