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Feb. 16: 'Prince of New Orleans Piano' Davell Crawford

Crawford will open Bunny Just Piano Festival with performance in Halling Recital Hall.

2017-02-17
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 1-30-2017

MANKATO, Minn. – The Department of Music is honored to present New Orleans piano legend Davell Crawford on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. This event is sponsored by the Bunny Just Piano Festival Endowment and is the first event in the four-day piano festival.

Crawford has been called "The Prince of New Orleans piano." The embodiment of New Orleans’ spirit, genius, and tradition, Crawford is recognized as “one of the most talented musicians alive.” For three decades, Crawford has been electrifying audiences worldwide with his skill on the piano. Crawford‘s mastery spans beloved Louisiana classics to work fusing his influences in jazz, blues, gospel, zydeco, soul, funk and beyond. Crawford is at home playing jazz standards, leading a gospel choir, or composing new songs; they are all transformed by Davell’s exuberant perspective.

Hailing from a line of musical showmen, Crawford grew up in New Orleans immersed in its musical tradition and playing piano since the age of 2. Davell’s grandfather was "Sugar Boy" Crawford, author of the famous song “Iko Iko” and extended family includes many music royalty -- Crawford grew up hanging out and making music with Fats Domino, Irvin Mayfield, Allen Toussaint, Ellis Marsalis, C.J. Chenier, Roberta Flack, Lionel Hampton, and Dr. John, among others.

Crawford's appreciation for his extraordinary upbringing fuels his commitment to music education. As a leader in the music communities of New Orleans and New York City, Crawford frequently plays in and organizes blockbuster tributes for his music mentors. In New Orleans, Crawford founded a program for music enrichment, and he is currently involved with the Harlem School of the Arts.

Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549. 

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