Saturday, February 13, 2016
The Mack Avenue Super Band has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up-and-coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. This year’s group—Gary Burton; Tia Fuller; Sean Jones; Christian McBride; Christian Sands; Ulysses Owens, Jr.—tops them all! Seven-time Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton has toured and recorded with a who’s who of famous jazz masters. As a member of Beyonce’s all-female band, superb saxophonist Tia Fuller brings her fire and punch, rhythmic freedom and drive, and her youthful twisting of genres. Sean Jones (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock’s Tribute To Miles tour) plays the trumpet with intense immediacy, hewing to the jazz tradition, but moving the music forward at the same time. The foundation of the Super Band is musical director and bassist Christian McBride with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.