The Jim Thorpe Art Weekend and Cinco de Mayo at the Opera House sizzles with Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet on Saturday evening, May 5.
Well-known for his work with jazz icon Maynard Ferguson and sax star Dave Liebman (formerly of Miles Davis’ band) Marcinko brings a battle-tested group of Latin Jazz masters with him to the Opera House.
Of all the post-swing styles, Latin Jazz has been the most consistently popular and it is easy to see why. The emphasis on percussion and Cuban rhythms make the style danceable and accessible. Essentially, it’s a super-lively mixture of bop-oriented jazz with Latin percussion.
Among the pioneers in mixing together the two styles in the 1940s were the big bands of Dizzy Gillespie and Machito, and the music (which has never gone out of style) has remained a force, played most notably by the bands of Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez.
Mr. Marcinko graduated from the University of Miami in music performance where he collaborated with Randy Brecker, Joe Henderson, Paquito D’Rivera, The Yellowjackets and Vital Information among many other global talents. Jazz legend Maynard Ferguson soon took notice of Mr. Marcinko’s innovative style, inviting him to join his band with which he toured and recorded for the next three years.
Marcinko returned to his native Pennsylvania inspired to nurture a jazz revival. He created a non-profit organization called The PA Jazz Alliance that would dedicate itself to presenting the best jazz and world beat music and would provide high-level music education to those who deserve access to it. Since its inception the PAJA has presented some of the greatest names in jazz at an annual festival in Scranton, and has offered master-classes and week long music workshops for students of all ages and levels.
Each member of the MMLJQ has a long history with the Latin jazz tradition, from touring and performing with the likes of Latin jazz legends and multi-Grammy award winning performers such as, Tito Puente, Machito, Arturo Sandoval, Gato Barbieri, Charlie Sepulveda, and Paquito D’Rivera.
This show is going to swing – tickets are only $17 for great night of entertainment!