McCarter to celebrate Black History Month

   McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of special events. All performances start at 8 p.m. except where noted.
   The Newport Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour on Friday, Feb. 6 will feature an all-star band including legendary saxophonist James Moody, pianist and composer Cedar Walton, Grammy-winning trumpet player Randy Brecker, universally praised saxophonist aficionado James Carter, guitar virtuoso Howard Alden, one of the most in-demand drummers in jazz today Lewis Nash and Peter Washington, one of the most widely recorded bassists of his generation.
   Coming to McCarter on Saturday, Feb. 7, Rennie Harris Puremovement is dance theater in the true spirit of hip-hop, blending poetry, rap music and eye-opening back flips, head spinning and upside-down whirling with traditional African dance.
   On Tuesday, Feb. 10, McCarter will present two magnetic world music superstars in one show: Malian guitarist/singer Habib Koité and Moroccan sintir (lute) player/ vocalist Hassan Hakmoun performing with their bands.
   Saxophonist Joe Lovano will lead his Grammy Award-winning Nonet through an exploration of Miles Davis’ legendary Birth of Cool album and its influences on jazz past, present and future, when they come to McCarter on Saturday, Feb. 21. Special guest will be the Roy Hargrove Quintet.
   Representing the best Louisiana has to offer in Cajun, Creole/Zydeco and New Orleans jazz, McCarter presents From Bayou to Bourbon Street on Friday, Feb. 27. This foot-stomping celebration has all the color and excitement of a Mardi Gras parade.
   McCarter Theatre Center is located at 91 University Place. For tickets and information, visit or call (609) 258-2787.