Concert: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 , Herrick Chapel
Ninety Miles featuring Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton and David Sanchez, a critically acclaimed jazz trio, are bringing its unique collection of songs blending traditional bebop with Latin and Afro-Caribbean influence to Grinnell College.
The Cuban-American jazz ensemble features three outstanding musicians: Harris on vibes, Payton on trumpet, and Sanchez on saxophone. The ensemble created a full-length documentary, The Ninety Miles Project, during a week in Havana. The film highlights local musicians, merging cultures, and the development of a musical conversation with no language barriers. "Music, in Cuba, is more than just something you sit and watch onstage. It's related to the way that people walk, to the food that they cook. It was nice to be in an environment like that, artistically," explains Harris.
The students, faculty, and staff members of the Public Events Committee, which sponsored the concert, “were particularly drawn to Ninety Miles due to the unique blend of top-notch musicians and the great story behind the making of the music in Cuba,” says Rachel Bly ’93, director of conference operations and events.
Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the box office beginning Monday, Dec. 3 at noon. A limited number of tickets are also available, beginning at noon, Dec. 3, at the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. There is a two-ticket limit per person present at the box office. Phone reservations are not accepted.
Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the Campus Accessibility Map. Requests for accommodations may be made to conference operations at 641-269-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.