Big Chief Donald Harrisonand The Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group
Flynn MainStage MAP IT
- Friday, June 6, 2014, 8:00 PM
“Both old school and cutting-edge.” —Wall Street Journal
New Orleans alto sax great Donald Harrison is “The King of Nouveau Swing,” a style that merges R&B, hip-hop, soul, rock, and jazz with Afro-New Orleans traditional music. A graduate of the jazz academy that was drum legend Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Harrison is also Big Chief of Congo Square Nation, a group that preserves the legacy of black New Orleans residents parading in incredible, Native American-influenced costumes at Mardi Gras. In this special performance, Harrison and his group bring the rituals, dancing, call and response chants, beads, feathers, and drumming of Congo Square to the MainStage in a spectacular visual feast.
Also featuring the Vermont All State Jazz Ensemble.