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Grammy Award Winning Jazz Harmonica Player Performs March 7 at UW

February 25, 2014
Man playing harmonica
Grammy Award winning jazz harmonica player Gregoire Maret will perform Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Wyoming Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall as part of the UW Cultural Programs spring concert series.

Gregoire Maret is not just a harmonica player, he is the harmonica player.

Winner of the Jazz Journalists Association Player of the Year award in 2005, Maret will perform in the University of Wyoming Cultural Programs spring concert series Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Tickets cost $22 for the public and $18 for students and seniors. For tickets and information, call (307) 766-6666, visit, or visit the Wyoming Union or Performing Arts Center box offices.

Maret will perform with Director Michael Griffith and the UW Symphony Orchestra Thursday, March 6. The “Variety in the Spice” concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall. Tickets cost $10 for the public, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students.

The same year he was named Player of the Year, Maret won a Grammy Award for best contemporary jazz CD. He has been a sideman for such musical legends as Herbie Hancock, Luciana Souza, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn and Sting. He is touring now with jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson.

Born in in Geneva, Switzerland, Maret began playing the harmonica at age 17. His childhood was filled with a diverse array of musical influences from his Harlem born African-American mother and his Swiss father, a local jazz musician.

After graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève, Maret moved to New York City to pursue jazz studies at the New School University. He honed his craft, becoming one of the world’s most sought-after harmonica players, developing his versatile style that enables him to play effortlessly across different musical genres. He is often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder.

In 2005, Maret toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the world-class bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock’s band.

Recently, Maret was asked by his sponsor, Suzuki Harmonica, to assist in creating his own Gregoire Maret G-48 and G-48W Signature Chromatic Harmonica series. He is currently working on his first solo album.

Each year, UW Cultural Programs brings a variety of internationally known performers to campus, often at ticket prices much less than at larger venues.

Individual and season ticket information is available by calling (307) 766-6666 or visiting the Cultural Programs’ website at

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