Spring Jazz Fest: Mary Lou Williams Tribute
BHCC’s Spring 2018 Jazz Celebration presents acclaimed vibraphonist and composer Cecilia Smith with the Ron Savage Trio on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1-2:15 p.m. in the A300 auditorium. The program will include a special tribute to the legendary composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams. The BHCC student Jazz Ensemble and BHCC Choir will also participate in the program. The event is free and open to the public.
Cecilia Smith is a performer, composer, educator and multimedia artist who is based in New York City. She has been a key contributor to the Mary Lou Williams Resurgence Project and has conducted extensive research in the Mary Lou Williams archives housed at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Ms. Smith has arranged, performed and conducted works by Mary Lou Williams across the country, often involving large choir and instrumental ensembles. As a Berklee College of Music graduate, Ms. Smith has deep connections to Boston. She will be accompanied by the Ron Savage Trio. Mr. Savage, former head of the percussion department and now dean at Berklee College of Music, is a longtime collaborator. Ms. Smith last performed at BHCC twenty years ago. Her return is long overdue!
For more information on Cecilia Smith, please visit ceciliasmith.com
For information on Mary Lou Williams from the Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies, please visit newarkwww.rutgers.edu/ijs/mlw.
April 12, 2018 ● 1 p.m.
Spring Jazz Fest is free and open to the public.