Michener Art Museum Presents Jazz Night Robbi Kumalo Quartet, Featuring Bakithi Kumalo, Highlights

(Doylestown, PA) Classic jazz, popular standards and infectious world music will combine in a night of joyous rhythm and soul as the Robbi Kumalo Quartet, featuring Bakithi Kumalo, performs at the Michener Art Museum’s November 15 Jazz Night.

Bathiki and Robbi Kumalo

Bathiki and Robbi Kumalo

Robbi Hall Kumalo, or Robbi K, as she is known, started in the music business singing with a host of legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Eileen Ivers, Arif Mardin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige, and Harry Belafonte. She will be joined by her husband, South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo, a Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, and vocalist. He first came to the attention of the American public in 1986 following the release of Paul Simon’s epochal “Graceland” album, where his precise and sinuous bass lines thundered out a death-knell for apartheid and made critics around the world sit up and take notice. Bakithi possesses a unique musical style reflecting influences from around the world, including South African traditional folk, contemporary jazz, salsa, and electronica.

“Robbi has a larger-than-life stage presence, an enticingly beautiful voice and incredible energy,” noted the Michener Art Museum’s Director of Programs Zoriana Siokalo. “She makes a spirit-filled connection with her audience, and everyone in the room participates in the joy of the music. We are so pleased to bring her talents to the Michener.”

Jazz Nights are all inclusive evenings featuring:

8 to 10 pm Hors d’oeuvre reception and galleries open
Hearty appetizers and desserts presented by Havana Catering. Refreshments presented by River Horse Brewing Company and Sand Castle Winery.

8:30 to 11 pm concert with one intermission
Tickets: All reserved table seating: member $40/non-member $48; student ticket $20 with paying adult; reception and Museum admission are included in ticket price. Advance tickets only. Purchase tickets early, seating is limited.

The Robbi Kumalo performance is sponsored by the Friends of Jazz Night. Annual support for the Michener Art Museum is provided by the Bucks County Commissioners and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

About The James A. Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American Art, with a focus on art of the Bucks County region. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions, and offers a diverse program of educational activities that seek to develop a lifelong involvement in the arts as well as nurture a wide range of audiences. We also seek to educate our community about nationally and internationally known Bucks County artists of all creative disciplines. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.