Benoit, Jarreau And Manchester
CD101.9 brings their Smooth Jazz Christmas Show to Westbury Music Fair starring David Benoit, Al Jarreau, and Melissa Manchester on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $40 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com. To charge tickets by phone call Ticketmaster at (631) 888-9000 or (212) 307-7171. All shows, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Applicable tax and service charges are added to each ticket price.
Composer, pianist and three-time GRAMMY® nominee David Benoit has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz. He pioneered the popular smooth jazz sound in the ‘80s, and continues to attract fans, critical acclaim and the most coveted awards in the music industry with his straight-ahead jazz recordings, his television and film scores, and his classical compositions. In June 2003, Benoit was named Keyboardist of the Year in the 4th Annual National Smooth Jazz Awards, the third time he’s claimed this top honor. With the release of Right Here, Right Now in October 2003, his 15th CD on the venerable GRP label and his 23rd recording as leader, Benoit writes another chapter in his remarkable musical career.
Five-time Grammy award winner, Al Jarreau, one of the most widely recognized and sophisticated vocalists in contemporary music, holds the distinction of being the only singer in history to win best vocalist awards in three different categories—jazz, pop and R&B. Jarreau’s newest album is entitled All I Got. This latest collection succeeds his highly regarded 2000 label debut, Tomorrow Today, which marked his return to recording after a six-year absence. Tomorrow Today continued a decades-long tradition of earning both critical and commercial acclaim: the album held the #1 position on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for eleven weeks and received major airplay in the NAC, Urban AC and AC radio formats, and People magazine deemed Jarreau "a pop treasure."
Melissa Manchester’s albums have served to establish her as one of the most compelling singer and songwriters in contemporary music. Her debut albums Home To Myself and Bright Eyes, positioned her as a dynamic new talent, and her album Melissa, launched the smash hit single "Midnight Blue". "Lovers After All," the sensual ballad that she wrote and performed as a duet with Peabo Bryson, was a hit on both the Pop and R&B charts. Manchester and Kenny Loggins also co-wrote "Whenever I Call You Friend", which has become a radio classic. Most recently, Manchester released her first Christmas album on Angel/EMI Records. The CD, entitled Joy, was hailed by the New York Times as "a heartfelt Christmas album that sounds classic on first listen."