LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2017) – The Origins Jazz Series has announced its Nov. and Dec. shows.
Nov. 18 – Marlin McKay, Tee Dee’s Lounge, 7:30 p.m., $15
Dec. 7 – Kneebody, Lyric Theatre, 7:30p.m., $25
On Nov. 18, Origins Jazz Series will present Marlin McKay, Assistant Professor of High Brass at Kentucky State University. McKay will perform Homage, his tribute to the music that has influenced him and the great lineage of trumpet players that extends back to Jazz’s inception in New Orleans.
Marlin has made his home in Central Kentucky since 2015, when he relocated to become Assistant Professor of High Brass at Kentucky State University, as well as leading their Jazz and Commercial Music Ensembles. His musical journey has included the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency, the Stean’s Institute for Young Artists, the National Trumpet Competition (where he placed first runner-up), sharing the stage with artists like Slide Hampton and Bobby Watson, and a tour as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica.
On Dec. 7, Origins Jazz Series will present the Grammy-nominated band Kneebody. Called “One of the smarter bands blenderizing postbop, indie rock, hip-hop and classical music,” by the New York Times, Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk, for the rhythmic bombast of a Squarepusher or Queens of the Stone Age show, and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert.
The Origins Jazz Series is made possible through the support of Visit LEX, LexArts, 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, TeeDee’s Bluegrass Progressive Club, Carson’s Food & Drink, West Sixth Brewing, Whole Foods Market and Wild Fig Coffee and Books.