MSU jazz band performs Saturday night.

October 7, 2014

BeBopSpartans09-23-14LUDINGTON – West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series will feature Michigan State University’s Bebop Spartans, along with special guest, world-renown jazz bassist, Christian McBride at the Ludington Center for the Arts Performance Hall, on Sat., Oct. 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The next generation of great American jazz musicians is represented in this spectacular ensemble from MSU. Improvisation, bebop, swing, blues, and soul are just a few genres of this American art form that the Bebop Spartans will be performing.

Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years, sometimes hard to believe considering this man is not yet 40.

McBride has worked with the best of the very best – Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny.

In the R&B/Contemporary world, he’s not only played with, but also arranged for Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby.

An afterglow jam session will be held at the Jamesport Brewing Company, 410 South James Street in Ludington, starting at approximately 10 p.m.  There is no cover charge for this event, however early seating or reservations are highly recommended.

Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling the WSCC Box Office at 231-843-5507.

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