Music & Events

Mercyhurst/ JazzErie Collaboration
PAC 2012-2013 Concerts You Won't Want to Miss

Following the departure of Michael Fuhrman from Mercyhurst’s D’Angelo Performing Arts Center last winter, Mercyhurst University joined forces with JazzErie, in the person of Rob Hoff, host of Erie’s most creative jazz radio program, JazzErie board member and professor of psychology at Mercyhurst, to develop a season of high level jazz performances at the Performing Arts Center.  And what a season!


Pat Metheny GroupPat Metheny Group

Mark October 9 on your calendar right now.  The Pat Metheny group, featuring the endlessly creative, always developing guitarist/composer/all-around great musician Metheny; saxophonist Chris Potter, who JazzErie has been trying to bring to Erie for some time; rising bassist Ben Williams and drummer Antonio Sanchez make up this remarkable, forward-thinking group.  Metheny is always accessible, and this group promises to be a major treat.

A lot of other people evidently think so too.  The Group is beginning a marathon tour on June 24, with performances almost every day in a different city, traveling throughout Europe, then returning to the U.S.  for a different-city-almost-every-day tour across the country in August/September/October – landing in Erie on October 9.  The band should be as tight as they come (though perhaps exhausted) by the time they reach Erie.

Music doesn’t get much better than this.


Gregoire MaretGregoire Maret Quartet

The guy who shows up in “poll-winner, miscellaneous instruments… rising star” categories these days is harmonica player Gregoire Maret.  Swiss-born, Brooklyn-based Maret has become a familiar figure on stage and in the recording studio with a rich range of partners, including the Pat Metheny Group, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, Sting, and Pete Seeger.  His new self-titled album, released in March, features guests  Cassandra Wilson, Marcus Miller, and of course Toots Theilmans.

He will be bringing his quartet to Mercyhurst’s Walker Recital Hall In Jan., 2013, date TBA.  Check his website for samples of his work. 


Ninety Miles Project

Ninety miles is the distance from Miami, FL to Havana, Cuba.  In 2011 three outstanding U.S. jazz musicians, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sanchez and trumpeter Christian Scott traveled the ninety miles to Cuba to play with local musicians there.  A documentary was made of their experience, with scenes of day-to-day life in Cuba, the meeting of musical minds as they found exciting and excited  compatriots among Cuban musicians, and great performances.  Produced by Fortress Television, the documentary was picked up by BBC Worldwide.  It has received broad distribution with a flurry of Grammy and other awards.  

Ninety Miles Project

Harris, Sanchez and Scott have converted the experience into a touring ensemble, which they will be bring to the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center in Erie in early April, 2013 (date TBA).  To view excerpts from the video, plus samples of this invigorating Cuban American jazz, visit



By Dick Thompson
September 3, 2013