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The Ridgefield Playhouse: 80 East Ridge Ridgefield, CT 06877

Christian McBride’s “Remembering Ray Brown”

with Benny Green & Lewis Nash
Opening Act:  Steve Clarke Trio

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8pm
Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series

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Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for an Italian wine tasting by Pera Wines and an art exhibit by award-winning Greenwich artist, Paul Larson!  Paul is a current member of the Greenwich Art Society, the Loft Artist’s Association in Stamford, CT, and Art/Place Gallery in Fairfield, CT.  His work is exhibited regularly since 1975.

More than a bass virtuoso and restlessly creative bandleader, six-time GRAMMY®-winner Christian McBride is one of jazz’s foremost public intellectuals. An erudite and seemingly indefatigable force, he’s taken on a series of high profile positions running illustrious jazz institutions, like his 2016 appointment as artistic director of the iconic Newport Jazz Festival. Somehow he still finds time to work with half a dozen different bands, including the trio on “Remembering Ray Brown” – a band with instrumentation that harkens back to the legendary trios of Nat Cole and Art Tatum. With musicians who worked under the mentorship of bassist and jazz legend Ray Brown, this band includes pianist Benny Green, who recorded nine albums with Brown in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and drummer Lewis Nash, the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists – from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today – and he is equally in demand as a clinician and educator. Together they pay tribute to the late bandleader and Dizzy Gillespie collaborator, one of McBride’s friends and greatest influences.

Ray Brown was a Grammy Award-winning double-bassist who played a leading role in defining the modern jazz rhythm. He played both as a soloist and with other jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, to whom he was also married for a brief time. He has also accompanied some of the world’s top singers including Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Tony Bennett.

Kicking off the night is the funky-jazz-fusion band the Steve Clarke Trio. An internationally known bassist, Steve Clarke has released 6 CDs as a leader, touring in the US and Europe.

Tickets:  $42.50

Make it a great night out with dinner and a show! Visit Piccolo’s Pizza and Jazzeria (24 Prospect Street, Ridgefield) the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your entree when tickets are presented!