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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Living Legends Concert Features Jazz Keyboardist Jeff Lorber

Note: The Living Legends concert featuring Jeff Lorber on Wednesday, June 17, has been canceled. If you purchased tickets, you'll be contacted and will receive a refund. However, please join us as Lorber presents a free music workshop Tuesday, June 16, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in Towsley Auditorium. The workshop will cover topics such as music production, jazz improvisation, and the music business.

For its sixth annual Living Legends concert, WCC welcomes Jeff Lorber, a Grammy-nominated keyboardist, composer, and producer. Lorber and three other acclaimed musicians will perform Wednesday, June 17, at 7:00pm in Towsley Auditorium.

The Living Legends concerts have a unique format. The evening begins with an on-stage interview and is followed by a full-length concert, all in an intimate setting.

Raised in Philadelphia and educated at the Berklee College of Music, Lorber has been delighting audiences for more than three decades with his smooth jazz. He played a significant role in developing the R&B-jazz hybrid sound in the late 1970s and early ’80s that later evolved into today’s smooth jazz. In the 1970s he founded the Jeff Lorber Fusion Band, which featured a little known saxophonist named Kenny G.

In addition to performing, composing, and producing, Lorber is a spokesman for the PKD Foundation, which is devoted to fighting polycystic kidney disease, a genetic condition. In November 2004 he underwent a kidney transplant after experiencing end-stage renal failure because of PKD. He received the kidney from his wife, Mink, who was a perfect match. True to his hardworking reputation, Lorber was back in action within a few weeks, performing gigs and returning to his popular weekly radio show, “Lorber’s Place,” on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Jazz Café channel.

“We are thrilled to have Jeff Lorber perform at WCC,” said John E. Lawrence, head of WCC’s Music Performance program. “And it isn’t just Jeff Lorber. Bass player Jimmy Haslip, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and drummer Tony Moore, all equally talented musicians, will perform along with him. It is like getting four headliners at one concert. The concert series is special because the audience leaves feeling that they really got to know these musical legends.”

As part of his appearance at WCC, Lorber will conduct a free music performance workshop on Tuesday, June 16, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in Towsley Auditorium. At the workshop, which is open to the public, Lorber will discuss music production, jazz improvisation, the music business, and other topics.

In previous years, the Living Legends series has welcomed such musical greats as Mavis Staples, The Four Tops, Ashford and Simpson, Earl Klugh, and The Temptations. The evening culminates with the Living Legend Award, which is presented to those rare recording artists whose music has become part of the soundtrack of our culture.

Tickets for the concert cost from $35 to $55, and are on sale now. You can order them at the Living Legends website, and you can get more information by calling 734-973-3450.

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