Big Chief Donald Harrison

and the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group

Donald Harrison 325x250
“Both old school and cutting-edge.” —Wall Street Journal
  • Friday, June 6, 2014
  • 8 PM
  • Flynn Center
  • MainStage
  • $20-$40
  • Buy Tickets

Big Chief Donald Harrison - saxophone

Zaccai Curtis - piano

Joe Dyson - drums

Max Moran - bass

Detroit Brooks - guitar

New Orleans alto sax great Donald Harrison is “The King of Nouveau Swing,” a style that merges R&B, hip-hop, soul, rock, and jazz with Afro-New Orleans traditional music. A graduate of the jazz academy that was drum legend Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Harrison is also Big Chief of Congo Square Nation, a group that preserves the legacy of black New Orleans residents parading in incredible, Native American-influenced costumes at Mardi Gras. In this special performance, Harrison and his group bring the rituals, dancing, call and response chants, beads, feathers, and drumming of Congo Square to the MainStage in a spectacular visual feast.

Opening is the Vermont All State Jazz Ensemble

Thank you National Performance Network (NPN), Farm Fresh 102.9, Union Street Media, Darn Tough, New Duds and Hilton Burlington.

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