Friday, June 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm Ticket Price: $45McGlohon Theater At Spirit Square
345 N. College St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Featuring Walter Beasley, Ronnie Laws, Willie Bradley and Shawn Marie Allen.Walter Beasley
acclaimed saxophonist and vocalist intended to teach for just one year after graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Beasley’s professorship spanned nearly 30 years: He admits getting hooked when he saw students grasp the musical prowess he was imparting. Deemed as the highest-selling recording artist/full-time professor in modern history. Beasley continues creating, teaching, and now performs full-time.Ronnie Laws
: What is it about Houston, funk, jazz, and soul? About spending summers with your Juilliard scholarship winning older brother who downloaded to you while studying classical musical and performing jazz?
Soprano/Tenor/Alto Saxophone, Flute and Vocals. Unprecedented cross-over success—R&B, Pop, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz. Earth Wind & Fire’s original tenor and soprano saxophonist, Laws was featured on “Last Days and Times.”Quincy Jones
needed a tenor saxophonist, Ronnie stepped up. Ronnie Laws has performed with Stevie Wonder
, George Duke
, Bobby King
, Stanley Jordan
, Ramsey Lewis
, Hugh Masakela
, The Jazz Crusaders and many more.
Laws' “Always There” is a Jazz Funk classic.
“My ideal band? …Ronnie Laws on tenor sax.”—Paul Shaffer, Late Night with David Letterman Bandleader
“Nothing beats experience” —Ronnie Laws
Special Guest Trumpeter: Willie Bradley. Willie has played with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach. Betty Carter and Nat Adderly. and received a Music & Performance BS degree from South Carolina State University.
Special Guest Vocalist: Shawn Marie Allen