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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Marc Cary at Hebden Bridge Piano Festival

From festival director Dave Nelson

One of the leading lights of contemporary jazz, New York pianist, keyboardist and composer Marc Cary is the master of a futuristic jazz-funk that ranks him among the most innovative and creative figures on the jazz scene. He holds tight to his roots in Washington DC’s go-go music scene, but Cary’s interests also include everything from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop. He started his career working with Betty Carter, a legendary vocalist, famous for drawing soul and sincerity out of her bands, and went on to work with Roy Hargrove, Dizzy Gillespie, Erykah Badu, Wynton Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Lauryn Hill, Q-Tip and most influentially star vocalist Abbey Lincoln whom he accompanied for over a decade.

“[Cary] creates a massive, resonant sound from the keys, unleashing complex,
grooving explorations that spiral further upward with each successive phrase.” DownBeat Magazine

Marc Cary Solo jazz recital
Sunday 23 April 4pm
Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, with interval) £18/£14

Tickets are available

Other jazz piano events around the festival include Leeds pianist Matt Aplin on Friday April 21 6.30pm (free concert) Matt is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger whose performances draw from a wide range of other traditional and contemporary styles, including classical, blues and pop.

Jazz Café with Dave Nelson & friends Friday May 19 8pm Hebden Bridge Town Hall Café. Entry is free; Dave is not charging for his performance but a hat will be passed around for donations to the Piano Festival.

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