Featured artist for September’s concert is the Orquesta Macuba Band with Cuban rhythms
that include a brass section, a percussion section, full rhythm section and vocalists.
Atlanta, GA (August 12, 2018). First Friday at First (Church) is one of the most visible and active gatherings of incredible jazz musicians, most of whom live and work in Atlanta and abroad. However, this coming month First Church offers a special treat when the Orquesta Macuba Band takes to the stage with soulful vocals and Cuban sounds. This monthly concert is held at 6:00 p.m. at The Commons, located on the campus of First Congregational Church at 125 Ellis Street, NE; Atlanta, GA 30303.
The featured artist for September is the Orquesta Macuba Band performing with a full brass section, full percussion section and a full rhythm section with vocalists. They will bring down the house on Friday, September 7, 2018. Eddie & Mayi Lopez and the thirteen-member Orquesta Macuba Band have been on the scene in Atlanta, GA since 2003.
Mayi was born in Matanzas Cuba which is the birthplace and the original home of the “Cuban Clave” and “Guaguanco.” With 30 years of singing and entertaining experience, her sultry Cuban voice and original Cuban choreography and dance moves are unmatched. In 1993 she was one of the first to begin Latin Dance (salsa) in Atlanta and continues to teach this dance. Eddie hails from Chicago with deep roots in Mariachi Music. Also, with 30 years of singing and entertaining experience, his soulful English R & B Vocals bring a different fresh approach to the Cuban Rhythms that are being performed which appeal to all markets. If you love and appreciate a good concert with a live big band experience, with great musicians who can also entertain, you will love Orquesta Macuba.
Jazz artists for the remainder of this concert season at First Friday include Don McIntosh, trumpet solo artist who performs on October 5; and Joe Jennings, saxophonist and leader of the “Big Band,” closes out the season on November 2, 2018.
This jazz concert series, known as “First Friday at First” is a part of the “Jazz Ministry” at First Congregational Church and is always held on the first Friday of each month. Sponsored and hosted by First Church, the program is under the supervision of The Reverend Dr. Dwight Andrews, pastor of the church and a jazz heavy-hitter master saxophone player in his own right. Andrews is also a Professor of Music at Emory University. He was the first Quincy Jones Visiting Professor of African American Music at Harvard University for 1996-1997. He was awarded the Yale Divinity School’s prestigious Lux et Veritas Award, and was the Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Arts for 2015-2016 at Spelman College. As a musician, Dr. Andrews has appeared on over 25 jazz recordings. He is recognized for his collaborations with playwright August Wilson on several of his Broadway productions. He provided the music direction for the Broadway revival production of A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, and Sanaa Latham.
First Friday at First (Church) is one of the most popular components of the Jazz Ministry at First Congregational Church. Other parts of this world-recognized ministry include Jazz Vespers that are held twice a year during the spring and the Christmas season. The Third Sunday Band, a seven-piece band of seasoned musicians, including Andrews, who performs in the First Church pulpit on the third Sunday of each month is an integral part of the Jazz Ministry. The Atlanta Jazz Chorus is a group of persons who share the love of jazz and wish to perform the choral works of the jazz masters, and the Sunday afternoon Jazz Brunch concert featuring a younger set of jazz musicians who round out the unique offerings of jazz. Then there is the Atlanta Music Festival which includes an after-school program and summer camp, the Sinfo-Nia Children’s Orchestra that rehearses at First Church, and much more.
The public is invited for a superb evening of outstanding music, a full course dinner, fun, and fellowship. Parking is available. Individual tickets are $15.00 each; prices for dinner range from $4.00 to $7.00. For further information and to purchase tickets, please contact First Church at 404-659-6255 and ask for the church administrator during regular office hours.