LIVE RECORDING OF "THE MOVEMENT REVISITED" IN ANN ARBOR & DETROIT THIS WEEKEND
Posted on 2/10/2010at 6:17 PM
The University of Michigan presents Christian McBride's jazz opus, "THE MOVEMENT, REVISITED", a major work honoring pioneers of civil rights. The initially four-movement work specifically pays tribute to Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But now, McBride has written a 5th movement inspired by the election of Barack Obama as president. The University of Michigan performance, at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, is expected to be recorded for a CD to be released next year by Detroit-based Mack Avenue Records. Festival Director Dennis Wilson said. “The Movement, Revisited” will also be performed in Detroit (at Second Ebenezer Church) the day after the Ann Arbor stop, and that event is planned to be recorded for a DVD.

"This is a personal thing for me. This is something I've felt very strongly about," McBride said in a phone interview last week.

Saturday, February 13th at 8PM at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher Street / University of Michigan. How Much: $15, $20 and $25. Tickets available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office; online from Ticketmaster; or by phone at 734-763-8587. School groups can receive a discount by emailing dwjazz@umich.edu.

As for the Detroit performance:

In celebration of Black History Month, organizers of the Detroit International Jazz Festival announce an unprecedented event in partnership with Bishop Edgar L. Vann II of Second Ebenezer Church. "THE MOVEMENT, REVISITED", a jazz opus by Christian McBride, will be performed at Second Ebenezer Church, Sunday, February 14th at 7:30PM. Dedicated to four icons of the Civil Rights Movement , the piece will be performed by the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, the Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices, the Christian McBride Band and narrators. Free tickets are available by visiting http://detroitjazzfest.com until Saturday, February 13th. Individuals unable to reserve online may call 313-447-1248. Tickets are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

"THE MOVEMENT, REVISITED" pays tribute to Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. McBride believes that "the sacrifices made by these four individuals have been so enveloped in myth that to a large extent, their names are remembered more than their accomplishments. This piece captures musically how their deeds shaped our world and reminds us of our responsibility to pave the way for many to live a better life." In celebration of the election of America's first black president in 2008, McBride has written a new movement which will premiere at this performance. Confirmed narrators include internationally renowned author and playwright Sonia Sanchez as Rosa Parks; actor Dion Graham, whose credits include The Wire, Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street, as Muhammad Ali; Dr. Willis Patterson, Professor Emeritus of University of Michigan School of Music as Malcolm X; and Bishop Vann as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, February 14th at 7:30PM Second Ebenezer Church 14601 Dequindre - at McNichols and 1-75 in Detroit. FREE tickets are available by visiting http://detroitjazzfest.com until Saturday, February 13th.

Individuals unable to reserve online may call 313-447-1248. Tickets are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

In other news....

JAZZ IT UP caught Christian and his big band at their week-long stint at the Iridium back in September. See the big band in action on the latest episode of JAZZ IT UP. Click here and sign up for this amazing show (if you haven't already): http://jazzituptv.com

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