As a student, Mahogany formed a jazz choir and other music groups on the Baldwin City campus. He was a drum major, part of the jazz ensemble and sang opera before developing into what Newsweek called “the standout jazz vocalist of his generation.” Fresh off a monthlong tour of Europe, Mahogany will sing standard favorites with the band, including “Satin Doll,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” and “A Foggy Day in London Town.”.
During the week of Nov. 18-22, Mahogany will serve as an artist in residence, working with Baker students focusing on jazz education, the life of a professional musician and rehearsing with the Jazz Ensemble.
On Nov. 22, Mahogany will be the head adjudicator for a high school jazz band competition. Twenty-two bands from northeast and central Kansas will perform on the stages of Rice Auditorium and McKibbin Recital Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Friday performances is free and open to the public.