St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) has announced a new concert date for jazz piano great Bob James. James’ virtual concert, originally slated for November 4, has been moved to December 17, 2020. The new virtual concert will celebrate the holidays with a performance by Bob James from his Traverse City home. Concert viewers will also experience performances by surprise guests including members of James’ family.
The virtual concert will be totally free and anyone with a computer or smart TV will be able to watch the concert with family and close friends from the privacy of their own home.
For the December 17 virtual concert,Bob James music lovers are invited to support SCMC by purchasing special wine and cheese goodie bags from Martha’s Vineyard.These special Martha’s Vineyard concert packages are available by pre-order and will be delivered on the concert date. All proceeds from these purchases benefit SCMC thanks to the generosity of Kameel at Martha’s Vineyard. Priced at $65, each package includes one bottle of wine – a red, white, or bubbly – and a block of aged Gouda cheese, Blue Crab Bay Company sea salt peanuts, fig spread, Nantucket Baking Company crackers, Terra veggie chips, and gourmet chocolate. Click here to purchase Martha’s Vineyard SCMC concert packages today!
Remaining Virtual Series’ concerts by SCMC include the Bob James concert in December 17 and a special concert by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on December 3 featuring Anne-Marie McDermott and other CMS artists. Martha’s Vineyard concert packages are also available for the Dec 3 concert. For more about these December FREE virtual concerts offered by SCMC for home viewing, see scmc-online.org/virtual/.
Bob James Bio
The career of Grammy-award winning Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. The music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world. Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, James recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, that year for Mercury Records. 58 albums and innumerable awards would follow through five decades. His composition, “Angela,” the instrumental theme from the sitcom Taxi, is possibly James’ best known work. Bob composed all the original music used in that television series for its entire run. One On One, the first in three collaborations with Earl Klugh, was awarded a Grammy in 1980 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and has sold over a million copies. During this time, James set the standard for the smooth jazz sound in the late 1970s. In 1985 James moved to Warner Bros Records, and kicked things off with Double Vision, a collaboration with David Sanborn, and another Grammy winner, selling over a million albums. His long-standing group Fourplay, with Lee Ritenour and Nathan East and later Larry Carlton, has had huge success on numerous albums.
St. Cecilia Music Center’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents. The Center fulfills this mission by presenting visiting world-class artists in concert, providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and preserving a historic building for musical activities and community events