Hep C ats
he names Mark Antoine,
Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum
and Peter White might not
be familiar to your ears, but
their work, with some of the biggest
names in the music business, proba-
These four consummate musicians
— classical/jazz guitarist, trum-
peter/flugelhornist, tenor saxophonist
and pop guitarist, respectively — have
lent their talents to the recordings and
tours of Barry White, Al Stewart,
Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand,
Basia and Soul II Soul (just to name a
Whalum, who has released his fifth
solo album (an amalgam of blues, coun-
try, gospel and soul), got his break af-
ter opening for Bob James one night
in Houston. For the past few years, he's
toured with Whitney Houston (those
are his lungs blowin' the sax solo on
the recording of "I Will Always Love
You" from the film The Bodyguard),
while finding time to work with Don
Was, Quincy Jones and performing at
the White House.
Braun has assumed a position at the
helm of the contemporary jazz scene
with his accessible urban funk
rhythms. His latest album, Beat Street,
is a compilation of what he terms
"garage band jams," pseudo-sponta-
neous cuts that are the result of late-
night jam sessions with buddies such
as Jeff Golub and Boney James.
Al Stewart has British guitarist
White to thank for his '70s successes.
White wrote the hit "Time Passages"
and acted as Stewart's band leader.
He's toured with Basia and, in a spurt
of nostalgia, released an album cov-
ering stellar '70s hits such as "My
Antoine also counts as a WJZZ-FM
regular, having pioneered the fusion
of classical guitar with multicultur-
al and urban sounds. His guitar has
backed a gamut of performers, from
Queen Latifah to Sting.
Needless to say, these guys have
a decent amount of experience be-
hind them. And the combination of
their talents should make for a very
Whalum, White, Antoine
and Braun will perform at the
7th House for two shows, 7
p.m. and 10:30 p.m., on Sat-
urday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $30
in advance/$35 at the door.
The 7th House is located at 7
N. Saginaw in Pontiac. Call (810)
335-8100 or Ticketmaster at (810)
Kirk Whalum jaues it up at 7th House.
This Weekend's Best Bets
Celebrate the way they
do in Rio with the 15-
piece Sergio Costa En-
With four albums un-
der his belt, the LA.
comedian has come
far since his days
parking cars. $10.
Joey's Comedy Club,
5070 Schaefer, Dear-
born - (313) 584-8885.
Instrument makers share
their secrets on creating
the violin and harpsi-
chord. Hands-on instru-
ment workshops plus
storytelling and a musical
performance. $5 adults/$4
children. Cranbrook Insti-
tute of Science, 1221 N.
Woodward Ave., Bloom-
field Hills. (810) 645-3200.
Friday, 8 p.m .
semble , dancers and
authentic Brazilian food.
$30 at the door. State
Theatre, next to the Fox
Theatre. (810) 645-6666
or (313) 961-5450.
Sat., 1-4:30 p.m.
touching comedy about
a gay Jewish man,
searching for respect
and love. $11-$22.
Through March 10.
Family activities in-
cluding hayrides, ice
riages and more. Oak
Center, 14300 Oak
Park Blvd. Free.
Sat., 8 p.m.
Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.
For The Week's Best Bets See The Calendar On Page 78
"The Nanny" is
whining and dining. page 72
From Israel and back:
Singer David Broza. page 74
Out & About with the
"In " dance clubs. p ag e 79
Calendar and more.
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