“Firm Roots” by Cedar Walton Performed by The Black Gold Orchestra
The Black Gold Orchestra (fest. Tony Hightower) “Can’t Hide Love” by Earth Wind and Fire
The Black Gold Orchestra
Saturday, May 18th at 8 PM
OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE AT THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER
8PM (doors to the venue open at 7:00PM)
19- piece big band Assembly of world class musicians
The Black Gold Orchestra is a 19-piece big band based in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 2021 by Grammy-nominated producer, Larry Wilson, this band is an assembly of world class musicians, artists, and music educators. The collective resume of this ensemble boasts some of the biggest names in music and entertainment, like Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Prince, , Wynton Marsalis, Tyler Perry, George Duke, Pattie Labelle, Usher, Maxwell, Kurt Elling, and Jazzmeia Horn, just to name a few. Many of them have performed on Grammy-winning and nominated albums, and hold various awards and acclamations to their respective names.
The vision of this collective is to have influence in art, culture, and community. They also seek to bridge generational, socioeconomic, and even racial gaps, and encourage the preservation and innovation of jazz music through community engagement and education.
Their debut album, “Genesis,” is a dynamic celebration of ALL Black American music, fusing musical elements such as jazz, R&B, soul, hip hop, house, rock, blues, and gospel through the lens of the big band tradition. The album features both original compositions from members of the band as well as fresh new arrangements of a few classic covers. Its scheduled release date is September 8, 2023 on the newly established Sessions Lane Records, based in Atlanta, GA.
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