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Jimmy Vaughan and Wynton Marsalis top Wednesday's concerts

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Wynton Marsalis and Jimmy Vaughan have combine for 13 Grammy Awards during their respective careers. Tomorrow night, both will play concerts here in Central Iowa. Here are all the details.

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Four-time Grammy winner Jimmy Vaughan and his backing band Tilt-a-Whirl will perform at Forte (formerly All-Play) in Des Moines Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Vaughan was a founding member (with Kim Wilson) of The Fabulous Thunderbirds in the 1970's and played with them until 1989. Vaughan then recorded an album with his brother Stevie Ray Vaughan, prior to his brother's death in 1990. Jimmy would then kick off his solo blues career in the early Nineties, and he has been touring with a backing band ever since. Vaughan's current backing band, Tilt-a-Whirl, features vocals from Lou Ann Barton, who spent years performing with Stevie Ray Vaughan in the Triple Threat Revue and, later, in SRV's backing band Double Trouble. Opening for Jimmy Vaughan & Tilt-a-Whirl will be local Des Moines blues and roots band The Soul Searchers. Tickets to the show are $25 in advance and $30 tomorrow at the door. Tickets may be purchased online through MidwesTix. This is an all ages show.

Wynton Marsalis brings, perhaps, the world's finest big band to Ames' Stephens Auditorium tomorrow night for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Marsalis is a 9-time Grammy and the first winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Music. He brings with him a combination of members of his septet and surviving members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Collectively they are known as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The group will be performing songs by some of the all-time greats of the genre: John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, and more. Tickets for the concert are $44 to $60 ($25 for ISU students) at the box office and $47 to $57 online through Ticketmaster. This is also an all ages event.


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