PULLMAN – Internationally renowned vocalist Kevin Mahogany is performing, Tuesday, with the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band and VOJAZZ ensemble at 8:00 p.m. in Bryan Hall Theatre on the WSU campus.
With eleven CD’s as a leader, and quite a few as a sideman, Mahogany has proved to be the quintessential jazz vocalist. Newsweek describes him as “the standout jazz vocalist of his generation.” New Yorker magazine writer Whitney Balliet writes, “There is little Mahogany cannot do.” Says the LA TIMES, “Mahogany is one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years.”
Mahogany will perform Duke Ellington’s classics “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.” Also he will be featured on unique arrangements of Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird Suite,” Parish and Sherwood’s “My Secret Love,” and Mercer and Arlen’s “One for My Baby.”
Mahogany will perform with the WSU ensembles VOJAZZ (vocal jazz ensemble) directed by Jennifer Scovell, and the Jazz Big Band, first place winners at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, directed by Greg Yasinitsky. Soloists will include trumpeter John Gronberg, tenor saxophonist Adam Donohue, baritone saxophonist Matt Lanka and bassist Troy Robey, all winners at the Hampton Festival.
This concert is made possible by the support of the WSU School of Music and Theatre Arts, the WSU Jazz Society and the ASWSU Student Entertainment Board.