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:
My father was playing jazz and and free jazz during the '80s in Paris.
My first cassettes when I was a kid were a compilation of Duke Ellington's orchestra on side A and Count Basie's orchestra on Side B.
My first CD was a live performance of Thelonious Monk in Europe in 60's.
I saw Miles live in 1991 in Nyon Paleo Festival.