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 expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.