May 19: The Crotty & O’Neill Sextet

7:30 PM

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The Rhythms of the Night: Latin Jazz Meets the American Song
Featuring The Crotty and O’Neill Sextet

With Mike Crotty-saxophones, flutes and trumpet, Deater O’Neill-vocals, Beth Lederman-piano, Mike King-bass, Emerson Laffey-drums, Joe Garcia-percussion

Musicians and audiences alike have embraced Latin rhythms in jazz since the early 20th century. By incorporating them into their music, jazz musicians expanded the diverse “American” popular songbook.

Please join the Crotty & O’Neill Sextet in a musical evening taken from the likes of composers Ivan Lins, Herbie Hancock, Tom Jobim, Stevie Wonder, Claire Fischer, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, plus originals composed by Crotty, O’Neill and Lederman.

The Mike Crotty & Deater O’Neill Sextet is known for its dynamic music presentations and horn/vocal sound. Originating in the 1980s with a performance at the famed Kool Jazz Festival, they have subsequently appeared in a wide range of venues—from serving as resident-guest-artists at the J. F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. and American jazz ambassadors to Bangkok, Thailand, to presenting concerts at the Smithsonian Institution and numerous performances at jazz clubs and festivals throughout the United States. Crotty’s imaginative musical arrangements breathe new life into jazz classics and the American songbook. Playing on an array of flutes, saxophones, trumpet and flugelhorn, he handily changes musical colors and textures. Combined with O’Neill’s expressive, clear alto and the multiple talents of their rhythm section guarantees an exciting evening of jazz.