Trumpeter and South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela performs with veteran pianist and collaborator Larry Willis. After 50 years of performing together, Hugh and Larry become storytellers as they unfold the classics of jazz history.
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Hugh Masekela, world-renowned trumpeter, band leader, composer, singer and activist combines his talents with long time musical cohort and exceptional pianist Larry Willis for a show of historical proportions. After decades of cultivating careers apart and together, the two musical titans take us on a grand journey through the Great American Songbook.
When they first met in 1961 at the Manhattan School of Music, over fifty years ago, Masekela was fresh off the plane from South Africa imbued with not only the sounds of kwela, marabi and mbaqanga, but the richness of American jazz players and singers, and Willis was an opera major with heavy jazz leanings.
Masekela, with the help and tutelage of the likes of Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis went on to carve out a seemingly endless (5 decades and counting) career that has produced a diverse range of music from the 1968 number 1 hit “Grazing In The Grass” to the 1986 anti-apartheid anthem “Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)”, a rallying call around the world for Mandela’s release from prison. Parallel to this, Willis has performed as a sideman or band member to Hugh Masekela, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, as well as a solo artist.
Experience this rare opportunity to listen to two master musicians, and best of friends, perform the Great American Songbook together.
Prix-fixe, Pre-Show Dining in 1906
Make a reservation for a prix-fixe, pre-performance dinner, in our fine dining restaurant, 1906. Three gourmet courses, $46. Reservations can be made via opentable.com or by calling 610.388.1000.
Enjoy a complimentary coffee reception with the artists after this performance.