The Mack Avenue SuperBand has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up-and-coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. This year’s group—Gary Burton; Tia Fuller; Sean Jones; Christian McBride; Christian Sands; Carl Allen—tops them all! Seven-time Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist and 2016 NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton has toured and recorded with a who’s who of famous jazz masters. As a member of Beyonce’s all-female band, superb saxophonist Tia Fuller brings her fire and punch, rhythmic freedom and drive, and her youthful twisting of genres. Sean Jones (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock’s Tribute To Miles tour) plays the trumpet with intense immediacy, hewing to the jazz tradition, but moving the music forward at the same time. The foundation of the SuperBand is musical director and bassist Christian McBride with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Carl Allen.
PLUS! Greater Milwaukee-area students of jazz will also have an opportunity to benefit from this rare gathering of jazz giants, as Mack Avenue SuperBand saxophonist and member of Beyoncé’s all-female band Tia Fuller will be leading a Master Class at the Wilson Center on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 2:00-3:30pm. A dynamic musician, composer, and educator, Fuller is a Berklee College of Music Professor, and she has worked with such artists as Chaka Khan, Jay-Z, Janelle Monet, and Aretha Franklin. Registration cost for this 90-minute Master Class is $15 for adults and $5 for students.