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Sierra Madre Playhouse Presents Jazz @The Playhouse: Nick Mancini The Next Step

March 31, 2024 | By Libby Huebner
Sierra Madre Playhouse

Vibraphone and marimba sensation Nick Mancini, a true “original” (LA Weekly), has made an indelible mark on the jazz world, earning critical accolades and recognition from peers and audiences alike. Named “Best Jazz Percussionist" on vibes in DRUM Magazine's Reader's Poll, the internationally acclaimed artist has appeared around the globe, from Scandinavia and Australia to New York’s famed Apollo Theater. During his illustrious career, Mancini, a composer as well, has shared the stage with an array of musical greats, from Arturo Sandoval to Kamasi Washington. He is also a dedicated educator who serves on the faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach and CSU Northridge and mentors up-and-coming jazz musicians at the Thelonious Monk Institute.


Sunday, April 14, 2024, 7:30 pm


Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 West Sierra Madre Boulevard
Sierra Madre, CA 91024


$12, $25, $35


(626) 355-4318


Sierra Madre Playhouse, a vibrant Southern California cultural hub with a rich history spanning nearly a century, energizes audiences and the community with distinctive theatrical productions and captivating live performances. Hailed as a “jewel” (Pasadena Weekly) and “a landmark theater” (ABC7 Los Angeles), it has garnered tremendous accolades for its varied repertoire and thought-provoking education and outreach programs curated with social impact in mind. The Los Angeles Times proclaims, “This is theater from the heart.” As one of San Gabriel Valley’s only performing arts center presenting a broad spectrum of performance genres, including theater, music, dance, film, comedy, and family-friendly productions featuring eminent local and national professional artists, the treasured artistic beacon draws audiences from across the Southland. The intimate 99-seat Sierra Madre Playhouse offers an up-close and personal connection to performances that resonate deeply, earning multiple Ovation Awards, NAACP Awards, and LA Times Critics' Choice honors. It is nestled into a historic building on the inviting Main Street of Sierra Madre, a charming village in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Retaining its distinctive movie theater façade and instantly recognizable marquee, the structure has undergone numerous transformations since opening in 1910, from furniture emporium to silent movie theatre to the artistic institution that now stands as a vibrant embodiment of the region’s rich cultural legacy. The Sierra Madre Playhouse fosters creativity that aspires to bridge divides and spark dialogue, all while celebrating the rich tapestry of the American experience and the enduring pursuit of shared understanding.



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