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Lionel Loueke TrioBy the standards of modern musical prodigies, starting an instrument at age 17 is relatively late, but for Lionel Loueke (LEE-oh-NEL loo-ECK-ee), this was no barrier to success. Born in the African nation of Benin to creative parents with meager means, Loueke had to save for more than a year to buy his first $50 guitar, and when his strings snapped, he replaced them with bicycle brake cables. Although Loueke’s spontaneity was born of hardship, it inspired his instrumental ingenuity. Soon, he was studying jazz in Paris and Boston, playing as a sideman alongside such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sting, Santana, Esperanza Spalding, and Terence Blanchard, and, eventually, fronting his own trio. A guitarist whom Hancock has dubbed “a musical painter,” Loueke creates soaring melodies—which he often sings in unison with his guitar—and complex harmonies while interweaving his deep knowledge of African folk forms. On the Blue Note label, Loueke has released three albums. His latest, 2012’s Heritage, is a powerful summation and contemplation of his native land’s tumults and treasures. From his humble beginnings to his impressive ascent, Loueke has internalized the international language of jazz while soulfully sharing his tradition with the world in return.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM

Don Seybold, host of Inside Jazz on WBAA, and guitarist Scott Pazera  will discuss the Lionel Loueke’s approach to music-making / Stewart Center, room 320

LIONEL LOUEKE TRIO

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General Public

$26

$22

$22

Student/Child

$19

$16

$16

Sr. Citizen (62+)

$26

$21

$22

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