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Exodus to Jazz is bringing contemporary jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci with his Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Saturday, December 3rd at 8:00 pm. Minucci and Special EFX have released 25 CDs, including eight solo releases by Minucci and a live concert DVD. Minucci has performed with top pop artists including Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, as well as jazz/pop artists including Bobby Caldwell, Marion Meadows, Kim Waters, Alex Bugnon, Gerald Veasley and Lao Tizer. In a side project as composer for CBS's soap The Guiding Light, Minucci has received three Emmy Awards and 10 nominations.
Show time is 8:00 pm with two one-hour sets). Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are priced Patron (tables down front), $35; Premium seating (first rows of the floor), $25; and General Admission, $20, and are available at BrownPaperTickets.com and at all Wegmans stores.
To give you a taste of the sounds of Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, I've selected a couple of recent videos of Municci and Special EFX performing live for you to check out:
I love jazz because it's so different than pop and has an emotional pull that other music does not have.
I was first exposed to jazz when I saw Dave Brubeck in 1974.
The first jazz record I bought was Bitches Brew by Miles Davis.