The Carr Center presents jazz composer Bruce Barth as he leads the two Michigan State University Jazz Octets in an imaginative public concert performance. The program will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Detroit School of Arts, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
For this concert, Mr. Barth will be accompanied by the MSU Jazz Octets. These two talented groups of young musicians will perform under the musical direction of guitarist, composer Randy Napoleon and sax master Diego Rivera.
Details from the Carr Center:
The Carr Center’s continuation of the MSU Jazz in Detroit series is led by prestigious jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth. On February 8 at 7:30 p.m., audiences are invited to witness Barth in action as he leads this rising group of musicians in Michigan State University’s Jazz Octet I and II in a grand performance at the Detroit School of Arts.
Barth remains a quintessential figure in pioneering the evolution of jazz music, becoming a mentor for students and an influencer among his peers. His legacy transpires over a quarter of a century, from blasting through the New York jazz scene in the 1980s, with his first two CDs comfortably resting in the New York Times top ten list, to currently serving on the faculties of Temple University and Columbia University.
He has worked with an extensive list of accomplished performers, including Terell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Luciana Souza, Steve Nelson and Tony Bennett. He has performed with James Moody, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Art Farmer and the Mingus Big Band.
“Bruce is a force within the jazz community and constantly contributes to propelling the art form forward,” said Oliver Ragsdale, Jr., president of the Carr Center.
Barth has brought his talents to MSU, leading Jazz Octets I and II in a tour across Michigan with a series of workshops and performances through MSU’s Artist in Residence program. Bringing these student to the Carr Center, they share their passion for jazz with the audience.
MSU Jazz boasts a variety of successful musicians within its faculty, one being the Carr Center’s own artistic director Rodney Whitaker. Whitaker currently serves as the University Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies.
MSU Jazz Octet performs Feb. 8 under the direction of Bruce Barth
“The MSU Jazz program is one of the top programs in the country,” said Max Colley, jazz project/event coordinator for MSU. “We succeed by not just teaching traditional jazz but fostering an environment of innovation for our students.”
Calling on the talents of students across the globe, MSU Jazz students have come from countries as far as Japan and Germany, making their ensemble a dynamic hub of cultural influences.
This MSU Jazz performance is part the Carr Center’s MSU Jazz in Detroit series, a collaboration with the university that provides students the opportunity to perform across Detroit in new venues and for new audiences.