St. Petersburg, Fla. – Join the Morean Arts Center to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with “Dream of Jazz”, featuring guitarist Nate Najar and bassist John Lamb.
Lamb is an internationally known jazz bassist who currently calls St. Petersburg Florida his home. Recently retired after thirty years as a music teacher, he most notably performed, recorded, and toured with jazz icon Duke Ellington and his orchestra. He is one in a long line of Ellington’s renowned bassists in a band where the leader demanded much of the bass chair. Currently John maintains a busy performing and recording schedule even though he just celebrated his 80th birthday last month.
Najar is a St. Petersburg native who studied guitar from age 17 through his 20s and has evolved ever since. Najar’s recordings include Swinging with the Nate Najar Quartet, I’m All Smiles, Live at the Side Door, Until Now and Christmas with the Nate Najar Trio. In a very different context than his nylon string fingerstyle jazz work, he scored a Top Ten hit in 2011 with the R&B tune “Groove Me,” featuring vocalist Melba Moore. Najar has performed frequently with his trio at Blues Alley in Washington D.C. and in 2008 was invited by Dr. Billy Taylor to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center in an evening celebrating the historic Showboat Lounge, a one-time landmark on the D.C. jazz scene.
This intimate event will cap off a day of music and fanfare along Central Avenue as the 29th Annual Drum Major for Justice Parade, Battle of the Bands and Drum Line Extravaganza, expected to draw over 100 thousand attendees and spectators, continues it’s tradition. Originally started by Sevell Carescale Brown, III on January 20, 1986.
“Dream of Jazz” is an intimate concert experience with legendary artists, and will take place in the contemporay galleries of the Morean. Seating is limited, so the Morean Arts Center suggests to order tickets in advance.
Tickets are available online (or the Morean box office) for this January 20 concert: MoreanArtsCenter.org. $20 General Admission, $15 for Morean Arts Center Members. Interested parties may also call the Morean to order tickets over the phone: 727.822.7872
Doors will open at 6:30PM and the concert will begin at 7PM. 719 Central Avenue, Downtown St. Petersburg
The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Arts Center for Clay.