February 16th, 2005 by Adam

Plymouth State University’s Silver Cultural Arts Center will host Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra, featuring vocalist Kevin Mahogany, for Swingin’ the Blues: Celebrating Count Basie and the Kansas City Sound, Saturday, Feburary 26 at 8 p.m.

The 19-piece New Life Jazz Orchestra, which showcases the talents of several Grammy-Award-winning instrumentalists, was founded in 1995, and is led by conductor, arranger and tuba player Kendrick Oliver.

The group is known for its foot-stompin’ arrangements of familiar jazz tunes: The Boston Globe called New Life’s debut album “a warm, inviting, powerful, house party of an album!”

The high-energy program at Silver Cultural Arts Center will feature a tribute to the music of Count Basie and his orchestra and the Kansas City Sound, offering favorite big band tunes such as “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” and “The Comeback.”

Featured vocalist Kevin Mahogany, a Kansas City native, is known for his stirring renditions of jazz, Motown, gospel and R&B. Mahogany has been called by the Los Angeles Times “One of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years.”

Tickets are $24-$21 for adults, $23-$20 for seniors and $18-$15 for youth, and can be purchased by calling the Silver Cultural Arts Center’s box office at (603) 535-ARTS or visiting www.plymouth.edu/cac