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Contemporary Jazz and Portuguese Folk Music with Mary Ann McSweeney’s Urban Fado

Mary Ann McSweeney (Bassist, Composer, Arranger) has played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Lee Konitz. Her quintet has played at the Sexial Jazz Festival in Portugal and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center. Big Band engagements have included Maiden Voyage and Diva, Dennis Mackrel Big Band and the Kennedy Center Big Band led by John Clayton featuring Jeff Hamilton. McSweeney has appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival and The Monterey Jazz Festival and has toured Europe, performing with David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness and four-time Tony Award-winning vocalist Audra McDonald. She was featured with Maurice Hines on the show at New World Stages called Tappin’ Through Life.” Recently, McSweeney performed with Jennifer Holliday and Megan Hilty at the Kennedy Center Gala. In the past few years, she was the bassist for Chita Rivera, Jane Lynch, Barbara Cook, Lucy Arnaz, and Leslie Uggams, and she has arranged and produced three shows for Jane Monheit. McSweeney has performed on more than 25 Broadway shows including the Tony Award-winning show, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” She currently plays at the “Book of Mormon” and is working on a new show called “Poster Boy” at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. She is excited to be playing Overwater basses on all her upcoming gigs.

Rain date: August 5th

 This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs