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Harrison's Purchase College Hosts Free Jazz Concerts

Professor Pete Malinverni will lead a night of free jazz at Purchase College in Harrison on Thursday.
Professor Pete Malinverni will lead a night of free jazz at Purchase College in Harrison on Thursday. Photo Credit: Contributed

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Purchase College in Harrison will host the first of two free jazz concerts Thursday night.

Jazz artist Pete Malinverni, saxophonist Steve Wilson and vocalist Afua Monk-Addo will perform a concert showcasing American spirituals.

Malinverni is the director of Jazz Studies at Purchase. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note, and has toured across North and South America, Europe and Japan. He is also a recording artist, and his most recent work is titled "A Beautiful Thing!"

Wilson is a professor of Jazz Studies at Purchase, and has received acclaim as both a recording artist and a bandleader. In addition to his solo work, he has has contributed to more than 100 recordings by artists such as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland and Dianne Reeves.

Monk-Addo is the daughter of a Ghanaian king, and a cousin of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. She first met Malinverni 1992 when he was minister of music and she was an alto soloist at Devoe Street Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Since then they have performed together often. She has worked in many different artistic styles and genres, including gospel and jazz, as well as acting, studying and teaching.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Conservatory of Music Recital Hall at Purchase College. In addition to the performance, there will be a discussion on the influence of spirituals on jazz and on the global music scene.

On Aug. 8 husband and wife duo Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes will an evening of piano duets featuring standards from the American songbook.

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