Smooth jazz is the sound of sophistication, unlike rough jazz, which is the sound of Louis Armstrong blasting chili out of his trumpet. Lend your ear to upscale scales with this GrouponLive deal.
- Admission to Pianos in the Park: JazzFest 2013
- When: Sunday, September 1, at 6 p.m.
- Where: W.C. Handy Performing Arts Park
- Section: general admission. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Outside food items and coolers are not allowed for this event; food and beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, will be available for purchase.
- Door time: 5 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $39 for two tickets (up to a $73.74 value)
- $69 for four tickets (up to a $147.48 value)<p>
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect student, senior, or military discounts. Children 12 and under are admitted free.<p>
Pianos in the Park: JazzFest 2013
Marcus Johnson was destined to be a musician. Raised in a musical family, with a pianist mother and a father who took him to see Earth, Wind & Fire, he first metaphorically picked up the piano at the age of 13. Johnson was hooked. Following in the footsteps of traditional and contemporary jazz luminaries, he began composing pieces combining soulful R&B with hip-hop rhythms. During smooth numbers, Johnson displays the nimble playing and sophisticated sound that brought him onto the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz chart and earned him a nomination for an NAACP Image Award.<p>
Memphis-based guitarist Garry Goin also takes the stage to share his signature string-picking skills. His style is unique: Latin-inspired rhythms dance around jazzy stylings and improvisational riffs. That multifaceted sound might be due to his upbringing—as Goin tells it, everyone in his house preferred a different genre, from jazz and blues to gospel and country. He joins his unclassifiable, undeniably admirable guitar work with the saxophone stylings of Pat Register, who has worked with artists including Al Green, Toto, and Al Jarreau.<p>