The concert will feature master drummer Billy Arnold, bassist Avery Sharpe, and pianist, composer, and educator Chris Bakriges, who has served as musical director for this concert series.
Backriges notes that Arnold has maintained that the rudiments of drumming are the rudiments of life. With Young @ Heart, Arold has played in Germany, Switzerland, Australia, and South Africa, where he was working with artists through a cultural exchange program at the Institute for Training and Development in Amherst, MA. Arnold has played with Zoot Sims, Teddy Wilson, Archie Shepp, and Motown’s Junior Walker and the All-Stars, and subbed for jazz legend Max Roach at Roach’s request.
Recording artist, bassist, and composer Sharpe has recorded and toured with such diverse artists as Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, and Pat Metheny. He wrote and conducted the soundtrack for the movie “An Unremarkable Life” and later debuted his six-movement piece “America’s Promise” with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Concert organizer Mary Jane Finnegan of Twice Blessed notes that this season’s program finale begins at 8 pm, with doors opening at 7:30 pm, at Historic Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main Street, in downtown Wilmington. Admission is by donation at the door. Food and drinks will be for sale.
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