Ideal Glass invites you to an evening with
Michael Mwenso & The Shakes
Hosted by Dylan Aiello, Alex Ariff and Tyler Fischer
Organized by Caravan Live!
FRIDAY JULY 7th
DOORS at 7PM (sharp)
SHOW at 8pm
Whether fulfilling the role of vocalist, emcee, showman, or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and the music folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity, and communicative flair.
Most frequently, Mwenso performs as leader – or ringleader – of Michael Mwenso and The Shake, a revue comprising between three to five vocalists (Brianna Thomas, Charenee Wade, and Vuyo Sotashe) and a rotating ensemble that includes rising stars like drummers Joe Saylor and Jamison Ross, pianist Chris Pattishall, trumpeters Alphonso Horne and Bruce Harris, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. From time to time, internationally acclaimed singer Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianists Jonathan Batiste, Aaron Diehl, and Sullivan Fortner – among others.
A close-knit musical family that developed ideas and accrued public visibility at late night shows booked and overseen by Mwenso since 2012 (when he joined Jazz at Lincoln Center as Curator and Programming Associate) at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at JALC’s complex in New York’s Time-Warner Center.
Join us next Friday for an amazing live show, a unique experience, and one of Ideal Glass' last events this summer!
Michael Mwenso is a curator for the Late Night Sessions at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. He's also an irrepressible vocalist and natural ringleader who draws inspiration from the communal aspects of making jazz.
"I was interested in the human pathos of the music, as well as the music," he says. "But the human thing was really interesting to me. Then to also see the effect of when jazz is really being played, like manifested — you'd see a musician playing and you see people going crazy and hollering. That was very... how do you create that?"