Macy Gray is known for her raspy vocals on pop songs with hits like “I Try” and “Sexual Revolution.” Her last album was a collection of rock covers reinterpreted in her Macy’s unique style. The last time she was in town she was opening up for Seal at Wolf Trap. This time around she is combing her trade mark vocals with David Murray and his Big Band. You can learn more about Macy Gray at her website. Macy Gray and the David Murray Big Band play a special show at The Howard Theatre on Thursday, January 10, 2012.
David Murray is a Grammy Award winning jazz artist. He is a master of the saxophone and is also gifted at the bass clarinet. He plays jazz with his big band ensemble. In 1993 Newsday proclaimed him the musician of the year.
The collaboration between the two artists is not a stretch. David Murray has had success with tribute albums to Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead. Macy Gray enjoyed the musical exploration of her covers project. In 2012 the pair teamed up in Paris, London and in Denmark. Gray as even contributed vocals for a new song to appear on Murray’s upcoming album.
Murray has composed some new arrangements of Gray’s hits for the new tour. Murray and Gray also have some new original songs to debut. It is a mash up of styles. If you have heard Macy Gray in concert in the past chances are you haven’t heard her backed up by David Murray and his 16 piece jazz band. Likewise if you have heard David Murray and his Big Band in the past you probably haven’t experienced them backing the exciting Macy Gray.
The musical mash up is taking place at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show and can be ordered on TicketMaster. The Howard Theatre provides a restored, intimate setting to watch a concert. They also have a full menu, a bar selection to quench any thirst, parking and Metro are close to the venue. For directions, menus and upcoming shows check out their website.