Musical Arts Gala Concert

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Concerts, Smooth Jazz
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Join us for a great concert and fundraiser for the Musical Arts Institute featuring performances by Grammy award winner Al Jarreau, Gerald Albright and Michael Manson. Tickets can be obtained through or

These tickets will sell out soon so get yours today and join us for a memorable evening of music. If you can’t be in attendance, please consider making a donation at Thank you .

Al Jarreau

Called “the voice of versatility” and “one of the world’s greatest natural resources”. Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy® Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide. MAI is grateful and excited that Al has consented to headline our 1st annual gala .

Gerald Albright

Albright has sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. His self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals. Gerald has definitely earned the reputation as the “musician’s musician.” Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary.

Albright gives his audience what they come for – a great show! Soon, Albright began to make a name for himself as a sideman of great insight and musicianship, playing on albums by a wide variety of artists — including Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations and Maurice White. He also toured extensively with Les McCann, Rodney Franklin, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Debra and Eloise Laws, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, and many others. With 9 CDs under his belt and one collaboration CD, Albright has definitely gained his place in the music world as a player, songwriter and producer.

Michael Manson

With the release of his previous CD, ‘Just Feelin It.’ Michael Manson joined the ranks of today’s premiere jazz artists. His first single “Coming Right At Ya” reached the top 10 on the R&B Smooth Jazz. Bass-master Michael Manson moved from sideman to center-stage on his solo debut, ‘The Bottom Line.’

His passion and precision are displayed with both unrelenting power and laid-back grace on the album that, he says, “reflects the deepest expression of all I have felt making music for the last twenty years.” “I’m happy to be joining the line up for this year’s gala. We will perform and have a great time with the purpose of helping our community foster a sense of excellence through music. Looking forward to it.”

Saturday, April 21, 2012 7:30pm until 10:30pm

UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608

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