Jampact, SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ multicultural faculty jazz quintet, performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street. Founded in 2007, Jampact is an eclectic and innovative electro-acoustic band dedicated to an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music. The group includes Meadows School Dean José Antonio Bowen (piano), Buddy Mohmed (bass), and faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synthesizer), Jamal Mohamed (percussion) and Akira Sato (trumpet). All are veteran musicians whose individual careers have included performances with many of the most famous names in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, as well as Diana Ross, Sting, Liberace, Glenn Campbell and many others.
The concert is being presented in conjunction with American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution on view at the Latino Cultural Center through June 17. The free exhibition presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present, exploring the social history and individual creativity that produced stars like Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena.
“We are looking forward to our first performance at the LCC in the renovated theater,” said Bowen. “Be prepared to be surprised!”
Tickets to the Jampact concert are $10 per person, and $5 for seniors and students. For tickets, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com. For additional information, call the Latino Cultural Center at 214-671-0045 or visit dallasculture.org/latinocc.