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 grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.