The Love Wins! concert will feature Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O with DownBeat and JazzTimes poll winning drummer Matt Wilson, Paul Sikivie on bass and Jeff Lederer on saxophone, as well as an all-star group featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist René Marie, Grammy Award winner Bill Charlap on piano, Grammy-nominated bassist Rufus Reid , and and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Jimmy Greene, who is WCSU co-coordinator of Jazz Studies and associate professor of Music.
The event is hosted by the WCSU Department of Music. Ticket sales and donations will go to the Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Music Scholarship, an endowed memorial music scholarship for incoming freshmen at WCSU. The scholarship fund was created to honor the memory of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, daughter of Jimmy Greene and Nelba Márquez-Greene, who lost her life at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.
“Ana was a joyful, musical child and full of life,” said Jimmy Greene. “This scholarship is one of the ways we remember her — it helps young musicians who want to study at WestConn. Ana’s mom and brother and I look forward to the concert every year.”
Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for a VIP reception with the musicians before the concert. A limited number of $20 WCSU student tickets are available with a valid WCSU ID at the VPAC box office. For more information and tickets, visit the concert’s Eventbrite page.
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