Acclaimed Bassist Lonnie Plaxico Brings Funk Infused Jazz to the 15th Annual Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert Series

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New York, NY – January 24, 2007—The Baruch College Performing Arts Center (BPAC) will present the Lonnie Plaxico Group, with guest vocalist Teralynn Elan Bryant,as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert Series, on Thursday, February 15, at 6 pm, in the College’s Engelman Recital Hall, located at 25th Street between Lexington & 3rd Avenues. 

The free, ticketed performance is being held in conjunction with Black History Month events at Baruch College. Open to the general public and Baruch students, faculty and administration, the concert is organized by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Committee, and funded by the Baruch Performing Arts Center and The Baruch College Fund.

A self-taught bassist by the age of twelve, Lonnie Plaxico’s career spans 20 years, first emerging as Art Blakey’s bassist then working with Jack DeJohnettes, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Sample, Abbey Lincoln, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.  He is Cassandra Wilson’s music director, collaborating on her award- winning team for over 15 years.  Renowned for playing the electric and acoustic bass with equal facility, Plaxico’s masterful integration of different forms, combining the rigorous technique of classical music, the improvisation of jazz, and the rawness of funk creates an exhilarating musical experience.

The Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series

Now in it’s 15th season, the 2006-2007 Hinton Jazz series opened with a spectacular performance by world-class bassist Rufus Reid and his quintet in October followed by “Drummer of the Year” Bobby Sanabria leading the 19-piece Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra in December. Prior concerts have featured performances by Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Mingus Big Band, Chico O’Farrill, and Slide Hampton. For more info on the Milt Hinton jazz series please visit: www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/jazz.

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