Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton play the Blues
Arena Theater presents a one night only theater event on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:30 PM.
The event, made possible by NCM Fathom and Rhino Entertainment joins jazz great Wynton Marsalis and guitar legend Eric Clapton for a spellbinding evening of blues, rock and jazz performed and captured this past spring at the famous Jazz at Lincoln Center Annual Gala. The celebrated duo performed to a sell-out crowd with a dazzling eight member orchestra comprised of the Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians. Also featured are unique elements including behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage.
The concert provides an eclectic mix of music all performed in an intimate setting at Rose Hall. The Clapton Marsalis partnership on this concert offers a cross-generational, cross-cultural collaboration that mixes a full range of music styles along with some of Clapton's greatest hits. Taj Mahal joins the duo with three songs that showed off his still-formidable guitar and piano playing skills, including his signature cover of the classic "Stagger Lee."
English guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Eric Clapton is the only three time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked fourth in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.
In the mid sixties, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. In his one-year stay with Mayall, Clapton gained the nickname "Slowhand", and graffiti in London declared "Clapton is God." Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, the power trio, Cream, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop." For most of the seventies, Clapton's output bore the influence of the mellow style of J.J. Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped gain reggae a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded by Derek and the Dominos, and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded by Cream. A recipient of seventeen Grammy Awards, in
2004, Clapton was awarded a CBE for services to music.
Wynton Learson Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Marsalis has promoted the appreciation of classical and jazz music often to young audiences. Marsalis has been awarded nine Grammys in both genres, and a jazz recording of his was the first of its kind to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Jazz at Lincoln Center is considered by Jazz aficionados everywhere to be the preeminent venue for attracting the very best in Jazz musicians and concerts here in the U.S.
Tickets for the event are $12, available online at www.arenatheater.org. The show starts at 7:30 PM and doors open at 7:00 PM. The Arena Theater Bar and the snack stand will be open.
Arena Theater is located at 214 Main Street, Point Arena, California. Arena Theater is a member-supported community theater owned and operated by the Arena Theater Association, a 501 (c) (3) not for profit corporation. For additional information visit: www.arenatheater.org
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214 Main Street
Point Arena, CA 95468
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