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Jazz master classes at the Carr Center

On Nov. 16, the Carr Center will hold the first of three jazz master classes this season. Jazz at the Center launches the Carr’s new Michigan’s Amazin’ Blues & Jazz concert series. Featured artists are Robert Hurst and Friends. The master class and concert will take place at the Carr Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit.

Hurst, a world-renowned jazz bassist and associate professor at the University of Michigan, will hold a master class from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Admission for the class is free to all middle and high school students. The class will end with an open jam session led by Robert Hurst and student assistant Ian Finklestein (a graduate of the Carr Center/Arts League program and recent UM graduate). Students should bring their instruments (drums, piano and bass amps will be provided). Those students who attend the master class will receive a coupon for one free ticket to the concert later that evening.

Robert Hurst’s ensemble of musicians include Julian Allen, Brendan Assante, Ian Finkelstein, Vincent Chandler, Stephen Grady along with PePe Espinosa and Rafael Statin. They will present a concert at the Carr Center starting at 8 p.m. The price of admission is $20 or $10 for students.

Hurst has played with musicians Tony Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Harry Connick, Jr., Geri Allen and Russell Malone to name a few. From 1986 to 1991, he toured with Branford Marsalis. Hurst is no stranger to the movie screen either, composing original music for films such as MTV/ Paramount Productions’ “The Wood” and Fox films’ “Brown Sugar.” In 1980, he was awarded a presidential scholarship by President Ronald Reagan. Hurst also played on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” with Jay Leno for nearly a decade.

Teachers/instructors with student groups should RSVP to Oliver@artsleagure.comwith their student count by Nov. 13.

For more information, call 313.965.8430.


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