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EAST LANSING, Mich. — A night of jazz comes full circle onto the Pasant Theatre stage when the renowned Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe come to the Wharton Center on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The Birdland All-Stars have been together for over a decade. Although the New York-based group hasn’t been on tour for five years, they have created brand-new arrangements that feature the work of David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan. The jazz band also gives “fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock,” according to its website.
Tommy Igoe will be accompanying the band. He is a world-renowned drummer, bandleader and music education author. His published works have been number one selections on Amazon and attained besteller status on worldwide lists. Igoe’s works have also become required reading for collegiate music schools and conservatories. He has also been credited on several Grammy Award-winning tracks, winning the 2014 Modern Drummer reader poll for the “Best Jazz Drummer.”
Notably, Igoe has also created the drum set book for Disney’s Broadway production of “The Lion King” where he served as the musical’s associate conductor.
The performance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $63, and student and group discounts are available. Tickets and more information about the performance can be found online at whartoncenter.com or by calling 517-432-2000. The Wharton Center is located at 750 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing.