April is Jazz Appreciation month, and New Canaan Library invites all to celebrate with a performance by musician, composer, and educator Michael-Louis Smith. The event takes place on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Rooms. Please register to attend, online at newcanaanlibrary.org.
The afternoon will feature music from the classic organ trio repertoire and highlight the work of iconic jazz musicians such as Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Grant Green, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wes Montgomery and others. The trio is composed of Michael-Louis Smith on the guitar, Jared Gold on the organ, and Dave Berger on drums.
Guitarist Michael-Louis Smith is a top-tier bandleader and recording artist, and has toured nationally at major venues such as LA’s Troubadour Club, NYC’s legendary Apollo Theater, and Vermont’s Discover Jazz Festival. Michael’s ensembles Left Ear Trio and MLS Quintet showcase his genre-bending medley of jazz, funk, andafrobeat. In 2012, Michael-Louis Smithand his bandmates backed German Nigerian hip hop/soul star Nneka (Sony Music) on her US tour. The following year, MLS Quintet released First Black Nation (2013), a deeply emotional, multi-movement instrumental that tells a story about the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.