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Community Invited to Free Jazz Concert, Discussion at Seton Hall

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Pianist Keith Waters will join three other musicians in a free jazz concert on March 27 at Seton Hall University.
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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ- A free concert featuring the studio recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet will be performed and discussed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 in Jubilee Hall at Seton Hall University. The program is open to the public.

According to a news release, the “Second Quintet” – the Miles Davis Quintet of 1965-68 – is considered one of the most innovative and influential jazz groups.

Four musicians including pianist Keith Waters, soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer Tony Martucci will play Tuesday night. 

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“The group will be playing music from the set of six iconic albums recorded by Miles Davis’ Second Classic Quintet of the mid-1960s, including ‘Nefertiti,’ ‘Miles Smiles’ and ‘Sorcerer’ and discussing them with the audience,” the news release stated.

Keith Waters, who wrote the definitive Oxford University Press book on the subject, said that he is excited for the chance to perform with world-class musicians. 

“I am also very excited to perform music that in many ways was and is foundational for each of us,” Waters said. Waters has played in several tours through the U.S., as well as in Europe and Russia.

He said that although this is the first time he is performing in South Orange, he has visited frequently because his brother, Robert Waters, is a professor at Seton Hall.

Waters said that he hopes for a great turnout because music is a part of everyone.

“Music is fundamental to each of us; music is an important part of the internal life of most people I know,” he said. “There's something affirming about it in a way that speaks to most people.”

Kimberly Bolognini is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts designed to give students real-world experience

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