For 130 years St. Cecilia Music Center has been known by audiences and artists alike as one of the finest establishments to hear and see world-renowned musicians. The building at the corner of Ransom and Fulton Streets, built in 1894, has been in continuous operation as a music center since that time. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This Fall, St. Cecilia will be rocking during The Great Artist Gala, their annual fall fundraising event, with world-renowned jazz alto saxophone player

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David Sanborn and renowned pianist Bob James.

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On October 24th, they'll be at it again, 27 years after Double Vision, their million-selling, Grammy-award winning recording. Either of these artists would be Great Artist contenders as solo performers but SCMC was able to secure a date with both of them on the same bill performing together as they tour to support a new album they recorded together to be released this summer.
Alto saxophonist David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz.

The career of pianist Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world. James may be best known for his composition, “Angela,” the instrumental theme from the sitcom ‘Taxi,’ and possibly James’ best known work. He composed all the original music used in that television series for its entire run. One On One, the first in three collaborations with Earl Klugh, was awarded a Grammy in 1980 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and has sold over a million copies. During this time, James set the standard for the smooth jazz sound in the late 1970s. He is a member of the celebrated group Fourplay.

Great Artist Gala concert tickets are $75 and include the post-concert reception. A $250 patron ticket includes an elegant pre-concert sit-down wine tasting dinner and includes a tax deduction for the support it donates to St. Cecilia Music Center. Tickets can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224, visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE or purchasing online at