Grammy-winning jazz musician John Patitucci to perform Tuesday night at Mercer University

January 17, 2014 

John Patitucci will be performing Tuesday night at Mercer University’s Fickling Hall. His first solo recording went to No. 1 on the Billboard jazz charts.

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“Turn Up the Bass,” part of Mercer University’s Fabian Concert Series and happening Tuesday in Fickling Hall, is a “classical-pop crossover” concert featuring well known local musicians and jazz great John Patitucci.

“The concert is a classical-pop crossover and will feature some pretty incredible musicians. ... For anyone who loves live music, this will not be a performance to miss,” said Cindy Hill, arts marketing coordinator for Mercer University.

Musicians include John Patitucci, bass; Matt Catingub, saxophone; Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Steve Moretti, drums; and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble.

“It’s an incredible honor to have classical and jazz great John Patitucci coming to perform and interact with our students,” said Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the Center for Strings. “He will be playing alongside our very own viola distinguished artist Lawrence Dutton; Matt Catingub and Steve Moretti, who are back by popular demand on the Fabian Series; and our wonderful students at the center. It should be an exciting night of various musical styles with a mixture of jazz and classical.”

The excitement over Patitucci’s anticipated arrival is shared by the students and performers.

“John Patitucci is probably the world’s greatest bass player,” Steve Moretti said. “He’s a virtuoso, can play any style and has worked with some of the greatest musicians of our time. The fact that we are bringing him here to Macon to collaborate on the Fabian Series reinforces the cultural renaissance that is happening in our community. For me, as a drummer and fellow rhythm section player, it is truly a highlight in my career to play with John. He’s worked with many of my favorite drummers.”

“It’s definitely going to be a great night,” Hill added. “It’s really exciting to see so many world class musicians coming to Middle Georgia and I hope that people take advantage of it. As a performer, (Patitucci) has played throughout the world with his own band, and with some true legends like jazz greats Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz and so many more. His work has won him two Grammy awards, one for playing and one for composing, and more than 15 Grammy nominations.”

In addition, his first solo recording, “John Patitucci,” went to No. 1 on the Billboard jazz charts.

“There’s just no doubt that this is pretty much a must-see event for anyone who loves jazz,” Hill said. “It’s going to be a great night, a great performance, and just an awesome opportunity. I think that people are going to be very impressed and very happy.”

“Turn Up the Bass”

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21

Where: Fickling Hall, Mercer University

Cost: $12 at the door; free for all students or with a Mercer ID.

Information: 478-301-5751; www.music.mercer.edu

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