Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30 pm
In 1619, the Dutch brought the first African slaves to Jamestown, Virginia. Acclaimed bassist and composer Avery Sharpe marks this 400th anniversary with a new original piece of music touched by spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz and classical idioms, and featuring a video component. Featuring Don Braden (tenor saxophone), Duane Eubanks (trumpet), Zaccai Curtis (piano), Ronnie Burrage (drums), Avery Sharpe (bass) and vocals . A long-time Pioneer Valley resident, Sharpe studied at UMass Amherst before embarking upon a globe-spanning career.
Pre-performance talk in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
General Admission $15; Students $7
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