Vibraphonist Nick Mancini comes to Hemet

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The legendary vibraphonist Nick Mancini will take the Diamond Valley Arts Center stage Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Valley News/Courtesy photo

HEMET – The Tom Catanzaro Band brings the legendary vibraphonist Nick Mancini to the Diamond Valley Arts Center stage Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with tickets available online or at the center for $20 general admission, $15 for members and $10 for students or $5 presale for students. The Diamond Valley Arts Center is located at 123 N. Harvard St., in Hemet. For more information or tickets, visit www.thedvac.org.

Vibraphonist, marimbaist and composer Nick Mancini began his professional career as a drummer at the age of 15. His undergraduate studies earned him an associate degree from Schenectady County Community College and a bachelor’s degree with honors from The Crane School of Music at State University of New York Potsdam.

By the age of 23, he said he was a heavily called upon drummer in upstate New York but was feeling the tug of pursuing jazz more avidly. He moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music. His audition won him the prestigious President’s Award scholarship, and he graduated with a master’s degree in jazz performance.

Mancini has performed and recorded with such diverse luminaries as Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine, Poncho Sanchez, Solange, Kenny Werner, Amos Lee and Jennifer Holliday and with the greatest young and emerging stars such as Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Fergusson and Ben Wendel.

As both a band leader and side man, Mancini has appeared at some of New York’s most notable venues such as the world-famous Apollo Theater; Showtime at the Apollo, Birdland and Joe’s Pub. In Los Angeles, he has performed at The Blue Whale, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Friday Night Jazz series, ACE Theater, Catalina Jazz Club, Vibrato, Zipper Hall, Vitello’s, Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center and virtually every jazz venue in Los Angeles. His festival appearances include Santa Barbara Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Nortelje Jazz Festival in Sweden, Alandia Jazz Festival of Scandinavia, Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles and Catalina Jazz Festival, to name a few. Abroad, he’s graced the stage in Tahiti, Australia, Scandinavia and Canada.

“In from New York City is the Nick Mancini Collective, led by an exploratory young vibraphonist with two toes dipped in tradition who splashes gentle swing, understatedly bent shoogabooga and exotic undersea layerings of filtered light. Original and good,” Greg Burk of LA Weekly said.

Music at the Center is a fundraiser for the Diamond Valley Arts Council and its programs. Contact dvacinfo@gmail.com for sponsorship opportunities.

Submitted by Diamond Valley Arts Center.