Sat 4/14 @ 7:30PM
In his new work, Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation, jazz pianist Gerald Clayton delves deeply into the African-American culture, especially the music, of North Carolina’s Piedmont region.
To create the multimedia presentation, which was commissioned by Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Clayton and director Chris McElroen made half a dozen trips to Durham, filming the stories and songs of some of the local residents.
The live performance features jazz played by Clayton’s nine-piece band the Assembly, vocals by René Marie, traditional buck dancing by tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, projected film and both new and archival photography. It’s being performed in only a handful of cities — and they include Cleveland.
Piedmont Blues will be presented at Tri-C Metro’s Mainstage Theatre, where Cleveland’s Spirit of the Groove gospel choir, directed by Johnny Parker.
Tickets are $30.