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Jazz saxophonist Vassilakis to perform at MC

Jazz saxophonist and vocalist Dimitrios Vassilakis will perform at Monmouth College on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Considered Greece’s leading international jazz artist, Vassilakis graduated with honors from the London College of Music. He travels extensively, playing at festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Europe. On his current U.S. tour, he will perform at such venues as the Jazz Showcase in Chicago and the Zinc Bar and Fat Cat in New York City.

“The presence of Dimitri Vassilakis on campus is a reminder that jazz is a truly international art form which has grown far beyond its birthplace in New Orleans,” said music professor Jim Betts. “Vassilakis understands the American roots of the music and adds Greek and Balkan influences to create his own personal statements.”

Accompanying Vassilakis in the performance, which will include jazz standards and his own compositions, will be MC music faculty member Julia Andrews West, piano; Brian Daw, bass; and Manuel Lopez III, drums.

In addition to his performance, Vassilakis will speak to MC’s digital audio and music theory classes.

His most recent recording, “Across the Universe,” includes songs from the Beatles, Doors, Nina Simone and Chet Baker, and features a cosmopolitan lineup of top jazz performers from all continents.