Jazz bass player Charnett Moffett will perform on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m, at the Tavern on the Lake in Hightstown. Moffett will be joined by French jazz violinist Scott Tixier.
At 50, Charnett Moffett is a bass legend and a jazz festival favorite. Named after his father, Charles Moffett, who was the drummer for the late great Ornette Coleman, Moffett was raised among jazz royalty. At age seven, he appeared on his first recording with the Moffett Family Band. At 16, he briefly attended the Juilliard School and then joined the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, kicking off a non-stop career working with innumerable icons of music including Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Tony Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Arturo Sandoval, Anita Baker, Stanley Jordan, Harry Connick Jr., David Sanborn, Branford Marsalis, Bette Midler, Melody Gardot and others. Moffett played 25 years with the Manhattan Jazz Quintet. He has recorded four albums since 2010 on the award-winning Motéma Music label. He also has recorded three albums for Blue Note and six others under a variety of imprints. When not recording, he performs live and teaches workshops.
Scott Tixier will join Moffett for part of the evening. Tixier is quickly becoming known as the new voice of jazz violin. An award-winning recording artist, he was awarded “Rising Star Violin” in a Downbeat Critics Poll. Tixier grew up in a suburb of Paris where his mother was a jazz dancer, his father an actor and producer. He began studying classical music at age three, and at age 13, he took up the jazz violin and never looked back.
The March 31 concert takes place at Tavern on the Lake, 101 North Main Street in Hightstown. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 first set. Drinks and dinner can be purchased.