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Jazz legend Randy Weston teams with WSU Big Band

February 24, 2016


Pianist and composer Randy Weston returns to Detroit on Monday to perform with the Wayne State University Big Band in a concert produced by the jazz festival. Weston has earned his legendary status on several fronts. He's best known as the composer of several enduring jazz standards that date to the 1950s. For this appearance with the Wayne State band, Weston will be joined by his longtime colleague T.K. Blue, an alto saxophonist. The band will be performing several arrangements of Weston classics that were originally written by Melba Liston, who played trombone with bands led by Gerald Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones. Chris Collins, the artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival and the director of jazz studies at Wayne State, conducts the ensemble. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, at the Music Box, Max M. Fisher Music Center.