Blue Mondays 2018 - 2019 Season Wraps Up With Stellar Performances
MSU Federal Credit Union was pleased to present the sixth season of Blue Mondays, an annual jazz concert series bringing world-renowned musicians to East Lansing. Blue Mondays are made possible by the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence Endowment.
The 2018 – 2019 season featured four gifted performers, including saxophonist Melissa Aldana, guitarist Mark Whitfield, cellist and vocalist Mimi Jones, and trombonist/composer Steve Davis. Each brought their unique talents and styles to the stage at the Credit Union’s headquarters.
Aldana graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, recording her first album, Free Fall. At age 24, she became the first female musician and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.
Whitfield also graduated from Berklee and, in 1990, was named “The Best Young Guitarist in the Business” by The New York Times and also released his debut album “The Marksman.” He formed a band in 1994, the “Whitfield Family Band,” and has made several recordings.
Jones, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory, has toured worldwide. For more than two decades, Jones has performed as a jazz cello bassist, vocalist, producer, label owner, and, more recently, a filmmaker.
The final performer during this past season was Davis who is widely regarded as one of today’s leading improvisers on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him recognition during the 1990s, and he has since appeared in Downbeat Magazine’s Readers and Critics polls numerous times, winning the TDWR (Rising Star) Trombone Category in 1998. He was also nominated as Jazz Journalists Association’s Trombonist of the Year four years in a row.
After a fantastic season of jazz performances, we look forward to the 2019-2020 season to begin this fall. We hope to see you there!