By ANGIE CARNATHAN
Saturday night, April 7 at 7:30 p.m., the Mississippi State University Riley Center in Meridian is hosting two well-known musical groups. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans and the The Del McCoury Band from Appalachia will be performing together.
Riley Center Executive Director Dennis Sankovich said he was fascinated with the pairing of this amazing New Orleans Jazz Band with the legendary Bluegrass band.
“The music shares common roots in American music,” Sankovich said. “When I saw these two really great bands were working together to do an album and go out on tour, I thought it was a very cool pairing and loved the music they made together. Once you hear selections from their album, I’m sure you will enjoy the music they make. It is going to be a treat for your ears –– swinging bluegrass music with jazz horns riffing with the string.”
Sankovich said attendees will hear a selection of jazz, gospel, blues and hymns that each of these musical styles share in common done in a way that is very special.
“Banjo, bass and guitar are common instruments in New Orleans jazz band’s rhythm sections, but having virtuoso bluegrass musicians along with jazz trumpet, clarinet and trombone players is going to be a special treat,” Sankovich said.
Sankovich said the music is likely to be enjoyed by fans of Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams Sr. and Branford Marsalis.
Both bands have received positive critical reviews.
“It is good to be the king. And that is precisely what Del McCoury — backed by arguably the most formidable bluegrass outfit in existence — remains,” said Billboard magazine.
According to Los Angeles Times “The tradition of New Orleans jazz championed by The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has to be the purest expression of the ‘melting pot’ ideal … where talent reigns, anything goes.”
Sankovich said due to the lack of participation, the shuttles will not be running from MSU for this concert as they have previously.
“I am looking into having the shuttle for the Bonnie Raitt Concert in May,” Sankovich said. “I have a number of patrons in a group who are interested in taking the bus.”
For more information, visit http://www.msurileycenter.com/theatre/season.com .