2017-03-16 / Scene

Metro Jazz Voices to perform at PIX


Tickets are on sale now for a March 25 performance of Metro Jazz Voices at the PIX Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for a March 25 performance of Metro Jazz Voices at the PIX Theatre. LAPEER — Metro Jazz Voices is Detroit’s only four-part harmony vocal jazz act. Known as “Detroit’s Manhattan Transfer,” the group is comparable to Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and they will bring their unique sound to the PIX Theatre on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. for the local audience to appreciate.

In fact, Annie Ross herself has heard their new CD, Wingin’ It and loved it. Wingin’ It, has been called “beyond Fabulous,” by Bill Barnes (jazz.com). Mark Deming (allmusic.com) calls Metro Jazz Voices “one of the brighter lights on the Detroit scene.”

Winners of the 2014 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Traditional Jazz Group, the group straddles the line between finger-popping American Songbook classics and jaw-dropping modern Jazz Vocalese with elegance and aplomb. Backed by the superb Scott Gwinnell Trio (including Scott, piano, Shannon Wade, bass and Stephen Boegehold, drums), Metro Jazz Voices is a delight to fans of the familiar and the adventurous, and offers a unique and colorful update of the Great American Songbook.

The Voices are Meri Slaven (soprano/ alto), Trish Shandor (soprano/ alto), Carl Cafagna (tenor) and Jordan Schug (baritone). Cafagna also plays saxophone and flute, and Schug sometimes adds cello. The group’s original baritone voice Jeremy St. Martin still appears occasionally, as a substitute or a fifth voice. All members of MJV are mainstays of the Detroit Jazz and music scenes, and together they make a powerful tour de force.

Tickets in advance are $15 for adults and $13 for students, seniors, and veterans. Ticket prices will go up at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit the PIX Box Office located inside Gallery 194, Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 810-664-4824 or online at www.centerfortheartslapeer.org.

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