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with East End Arts Music Masters Students
Summer 2017 Tour   ●   Long Island, New York

International celebrity musician Bakithi Kumalo, longtime bass player for Paul Simon, and pianist David Bravo, will be touring Long Island during Summer 2017, with featured performances by talented East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship program students, performing at various key venues of the LI music scene, including The Stephen Talkhouse, The Jazz Loft, House of Brews in Port Jefferson, 89 North in Patchogue, and Hotel Indigo East End.

Don't miss this special opportunity to see Bakithi and David perform live, alongside talented East End Arts Music Masters student musicians from across Long Island this July and August! Ticket sales proceeds will go towards future funding for Music Masters Mentorship programs to ensure that others can receive this training, experience and exposure.

Tickets available at below links and at the door the night of the concert, unless otherwise noted.

Schedule of Performances:
Links to tickets below...

Thursday, July 6, 7:00 PM
Hotel Indigo East End, Riverhead, NY

1830 W Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901
$20 tickets, all proceeds benefit East End Arts
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Sunday, July 9, 4:00 PM
House of Brews, Port Jefferson, NY

1509 Main St, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
$20 tickets, all proceeds benefit East End Arts
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Monday, July 24, 7:00 PM
The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY

161 Main St, Amagansett, NY 11930
$20 tickets, all proceeds benefit East End Arts
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Saturday, August 12, 4:00 PM
The Jazz Loft, Stony Brook, NY

275 Christian Ave, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Part of the 3rd Annual Harbor Jazz Festival
$30 / $25 / $20 tickets available at >>


Thursday, August 24, 7:00 PM
89 North, Patchogue, NY

89 N. Ocean Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772
$20 tickets, all proceeds benefit East End Arts
click here for tickets >>


Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon. He has been active as well as a solo artist, with four albums to his credit – 1998’s San’Bonan, 2000’s In Front of My Eyes, 2008’s Transmigration, and 2011’s Change – as well as three award-winning children’s albums recorded with his wife, vocalist Robbi Kumalo. Kumalo’s bass-playing history began in Soweto where he grew up surrounded by music. “I picked up the bass early and realized I could follow the groove of a tune with it. I could play the bass lines from a cappella music, and I learned how to develop lines based on the left-hand work of accordion players in the township bands.”

During the winter of 2017, students of the East End Arts Music Master Mentorship Program had the incredible opportunity to study with Bakithi Kumalo, longtime bassist for Paul Simon. Fourteen music students (ages 14-18) participated in a seven-week intensive workshop. This full scholarship, tuition-free program allows select students to participate in an ensemble of talent under the guidance of a music industry professional, and has been a key program of East End Arts each year since 2011. Through one-on-one learning opportunities with masters in the music field, students are given training in composition and songwriting, rehearsal and performance skills, and additional experiences and relationships that will serve them for their future endeavors.

Photos credit: Jim Lennon. From East End Arts Music Masters Concert at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on February 11, 2017.

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