Jazz singer Bobby McFerrin and Jefferson Center have no need to worry. In fact, they’re probably happy. Jeff Center announced today that McFerrin’s April 12 show there has sold out.
McFerrin, whose biggest hit was “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” has done a ton of great work since that rare a cappella pop song took over the world years ago. He is scheduled to perform music from his upcoming record, “spirityouall” (Sony Masterworks), recorded with a band that included Esperanza Spalding, Larry Campbell and Charley Drayton, among other first-call cats. The disc, which honors his father, Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert McFerrin Sr., is a “reinvention” of Americana music, according to a publicity release.
McFerrin Sr. was “the first African-American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera Company and a renowned interpreter of the American Negro spiritual,” according to the release. “It was the elder McFerrin’s 1957 recording, “Deep River” and Other Classic Negro Spirituals, that inspired Bobby to record his own set of devotional songs.”
For the more than 900 who bought tickets, this is one to look forward to.