Caribbean Collective Brings In World-Class Artists to Hattiesburg


Dr. John Wooton, director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, and pianist Dr. Sam Bruton, professor of philosophy and religion at Southern Miss, present their project “Caribbean Collective” in concert tonight (Sunday, November 9) at 7:00pm at the Thirsty Hippo in downtown Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Joining Wooton and Bruton is the Southern Miss Jazz Studies Director Larry Panella [see photo above] on  saxophone as well as special guests Bill Summers on percussion; Ricky Sebastian on drums; and Chris Severin on bass. This all-star group also will be performing Monday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Mannoni Performing Arts Center with the Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble.

The Caribbean Collective uses a variety of musicians with each concert they perform. Each of the three guest artists have a long and impressive list of credits. Bill Summers is the percussionist for Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters. Ricky Sebastian was long-time drummer for Harry Belafonte. Chris Severin is the bassist for Dianne Reeves and the Nevil Brothers. The set list consists of several original compositions, Caribbeanized jazz standards, pop tunes, reggae, calypso, and salsa.

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