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The Trenton Downtown Association and the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County are excited to announce that the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series is returning to Mill Hill Park for an evening of jazz music capped off with a set by celebrated jazz drummer Winard Harper.
Mr. Harper, a true virtuoso on the drums, has performed with such greats as Dexter Gordon, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Ray Bryant and Carmen McRae, to name a few. Director Damien Chazelle cited Winard Harper as the inspiration for his Academy Award-nominated film “Whiplash.”
Opening for Harper is Grammy award-winning bassist Curtis Lundy, perhaps best known for his performances with legendary jazz vocalist Betty Carter. Mr. Lundy gained acclaim playing rhythm on the albums of fellow jazz luminaries John Hicks, Bobby Watson, Steve Nelson and Johnny Griffin and is noted for his collaborations with musicians Art Blakey, Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis.
Also opening is versatile jazz drummer Greg Bufford, who studied under master drummer Philly Joe Jones and worked with such names as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Weston, Freda Payne, Dakota Staton, Leslie Uggams, Steve Nelson, Sonny Stitt, Little Jimmy Scott, Vaughan Mason and Crew, and more.
The Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series is a FREE 10-concert series featuring a lineup of local, regional and national artists representing a wide range of musical styles.
July 9 – September 17
(no concert Labor Day Weekend)
New this year is a schedule of preshow family-friendly activities from 2 to 5 pm. Artists will hit the stage following an afternoon of food trucks, food vendors, kids’ activities and more.
We invite you to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the shows.