Jazz pianist and composer Tuffus Zimbabwe will play a concert next Sunday, at Roxbury’s historic Highland Park. Zimbabwe, who is a Roxbury native and graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, is currently the keyboardist for the Saturday Night Live Band.
The concert on August 7, will feature Zimbabwe and his group, as well as special guest vocalist Danny McClean. This free event is a part of Berklee’s Summer in the City concert series, which promotes the preservation of cultural events through music.
Zimbabwe began playing music at the age of 5 and started exploring gospel music at a Roxbury church when he was 12. He then began to study jazz through Berklee’s City Music Network, which offered him a full scholarship to attend the college as a member of the class of 2005. He has since taught music through the program as well as at the Piano School of New York City and various youth centers. Besides his gig on SNL, Zimbabwe plays concerts around the United States with his band.
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