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And all that jazz: The Grégoire Maret Quartet to play Weisiger Theatre

March 7, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
Gregoire Maret The Grégoire Maret Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. on
Thursday, March 14 in Weisiger Theatre, and will also give a
convocation at 11:30 a.m. the same day.

The Grégoire Maret Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in Weisiger Theatre of the Norton Center for the Arts. Maret will also do an “Up Close” program at 11:30 a.m. on March 14 in Weisiger Theatre that is free and open to the public.

Along with his jazz band, Maret, a world-famous harmonica player, has developed a unique style that has made him one of the most sought-after artists in his area. Maret has been compared to legendary harmonica players Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder, and has worked musicians such as Pat Metheny, Youssn’Dour and Sting.

“Grégoire is an extremely gifted musician who's music transcends categories,” says Steve Hoffman, director of the Norton Center for the Arts. “Think of the most ‘chill’ Stevie Wonder or the smooth notes of a jazz guitar and you start to get a feel for his sound. But he also knows how to jam and keep the music energetic!”

Renowned jazz musician Herbie Hancock has said of Maret, “Gregoire is an amazing player. His scope is broad and he's fearless. There's no one else out there that comes close on the harmonica and he rivals the best on any instrument. He's one of the most creative musicians around.”

Maret, a native of Geneva, Switzerland, began playing harmonica at age 17. After graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève, Maret studied jazz at the New School in New York City. In 2005, Maret won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and the Jazz Journalists Association Player of the Year Award. He has also played a part in creating the Grégoire Maret G-48 and G-48W Signature Chromatic Harmonica series with Suzuki Harmonicas.

In his “Up Close” presentation—which counts as a convocation credit for students—Maret will give the audience an inside look into his craft.

“This will be an interview-style convocation. Mr. Maret will discuss his influences, some of the artists with whom he has worked in the past, his current music recording, future recordings and advice for students,” Hoffman says. “Mr. Maret will also be asked to play or demonstrate his music and instrument. There will also be an opportunity for questions to be asked from the audience.”

To purchase tickets or for more information about the Gregoire Maret Quartet, visit NortonCenterfortheArts.com. To read an interview with Maret on the Norton Center blog, click here.

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