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Nnenna Freelon
‘Time Traveler’
GRAMMY® For Your Consideration
BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
“Vocalist Nnenna Freelon has always had a powerful instrument, but rarely, if ever, has she employed that voice in such an intimate way. On ‘Time Traveler,’ the five-time GRAMMY® nominee wastes no time in grabbing your attention and pulling you in close.” Downbeat (Editor’s Picks)
“I don’t think pandemic-era albums will age well, but I believe yours will be an exception. You’re responding to the broader sense of quietude, and you picked songs that have perennial value.” Grammy.com
“This is an album into which time, care and love has been poured, one in which life’s joys and sorrows are expressed in the most soulful way imaginable. All of the material is required listening” Jazzwise
Nnenna’s recording, “Time Traveler’ (her first recording in nearly 10 years) is a sonic love letter in remembrance of her late husband Phil Freelon, renowned architect (who led the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture), passed away from ALS. On this perhaps her most intimate album, Nnenna sings stories about time and love – time she held, shared and wished for and their love of a lifetime. Freelon describes the songs as ‘time capsules” of joy, pain and also hope. ‘Time Traveler’ is her real life experiences set to music and shared as a bridge from the personal to the universal.
Nnenna Freelon - Time Traveler Mini Doc
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Saturday, November 6 – 7:30 PM ET
Presents
A Season Spectacular
Terri Lyne Carrington, Patrice Rushen,
Jazzmeia Horn, Brandee Younger
Rodney Whitaker, Morgan Guerin, Kevin Harris
In-Person and Online
The Carr Center, Detroit’s premiere Black arts resource and presenter celebrates its 30th anniversary year with a truly blockbuster concert: A Season Spectacular inside the
Ford Theater for The Performing Arts
Detroit School of Arts
123 Selden St
Ford Theatre (entrance on Cass Avenue)
Detroit, MI 48201
Patrice Rushen
Joining them will be Brandee Younger, the sensational classically trained musician who plays the harp in the avant-garde tradition of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane and is known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire, and Jazzmeia Horn, the young, gifted, twice Grammy® nominated jazz vocalist. Jazzmeia was the winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competition.
n the program will also be New York City based GRAMMY® nominated multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin who the NY Times dubbed as a “wunderkind saxophonist.” New York/Boston-based pianist and composer, Kevin Harris who plays a combination of traditional and contemporary music that celebrates the influences of Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis intersecting with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the African rhythms of the Caribbean, as well as Carr Center Resident Artist and Director of The Gathering Orchestra, Rodney Whitaker; an internationally renowned bassist who is widely considered to be one of the leading bass performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States.
Dance…Art…Film…And More!
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Nnenna Freelon
‘Time Traveler’
GRAMMY® For Your Consideration
BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
“Vocalist Nnenna Freelon has always had a powerful instrument, but rarely, if ever, has she employed that voice in such an intimate way. On ‘Time Traveler,’ the five-time GRAMMY® nominee wastes no time in grabbing your attention and pulling you in close.” Downbeat (Editor’s Picks)
“I don’t think pandemic-era albums will age well, but I believe yours will be an exception. You’re responding to the broader sense of quietude, and you picked songs that have perennial value.” Grammy.com
“This is an album into which time, care and love has been poured, one in which life’s joys and sorrows are expressed in the most soulful way imaginable. All of the material is required listening” Jazzwise
Nnenna’s recording, “Time Traveler’ (her first recording in nearly 10 years) is a sonic love letter in remembrance of her late husband Phil Freelon, renowned architect (who led the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture), passed away from ALS. On this perhaps her most intimate album, Nnenna sings stories about time and love – time she held, shared and wished for and their love of a lifetime. Freelon describes the songs as ‘time capsules” of joy, pain and also hope. ‘Time Traveler’ is her real life experiences set to music and shared as a bridge from the personal to the universal.
Nnenna Freelon - Time Traveler Mini Doc
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Saturday, November 5 – 7:30 PM ET
Presents
A Season Spectacular
Terri Lyne Carrington, Patrice Rushen,
Jazzmeia Horn, Brandee Younger
The Gathering Orchestra, Kevin Harris & more
In-Person and Online
The Carr Center, Detroit’s premiere Black arts resource and presenter celebrates its 30th anniversary year with a truly blockbuster concert: A Season Spectacular inside the
Ford Theater for The Performing Arts
Detroit School of Arts
123 Selden St
Ford Theatre (entrance on Cass Avenue)
Detroit, MI 48201
Patrice Rushen
Joining them will be Brandee Younger, the sensational classically trained musician who plays the harp in the avant-garde tradition of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane and is known for expressive interpretations of traditional harp repertoire, and Jazzmeia Horn, the young, gifted, twice Grammy® nominated jazz vocalist. Jazzmeia was the winner of the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competition.
On the program will also be New York/Boston-based jazz pianist and composer, Kevin Harris who plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to celebrate the musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis intersecting with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric African rhythms of the Caribbean, and Carr Center Resident Artist and Director of The Gathering Orchestra, Rodney Whitaker; an internationally renowned jazz bassist who is widely considered to be one of the leading bass performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States.
Dance…Art…Film…And More!
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Nnenna Freelon
‘Time Traveler’
GRAMMY® For Your Consideration
BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
“Vocalist Nnenna Freelon has always had a powerful instrument, but rarely, if ever, has she employed that voice in such an intimate way. On Time Traveler, the five-time GRAMMY® nominee wastes no time in grabbing your attention and pulling you in close.” Downbeat (Editor’s Picks)
“I don’t think pandemic-era albums will age well, but I believe yours will be an exception. You’re responding to the broader sense of quietude, and you picked songs that have perennial value.” Grammy.com
“This is an album into which time, care and love has been poured, one in which life’s joys and sorrows are expressed in the most soulful way imaginable. All of the material is required listening” Jazzwise
Nnenna’s recording, “Time Traveler’ (her first recording in nearly 10 years) is a sonic love letter in remembrance of her late husband Phil Freelon, renowned architect (who led the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture), passed away from ALS. On this perhaps her most intimate album, Nnenna sings stories about time and love – time she held, shared and wished for and their love of a lifetime. Freelon describes the songs as ‘time capsules” of joy, pain and also hope. ‘Time Traveler’ is her real life experiences set to music and shared as a bridge from the personal to the universal.
Nnenna Freelon - Time Traveler Mini Doc
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Jazz As A Muse In Narrative Film
Premieres Tuesday Nov 2
FREE Streaming Worldwide
7:30PM ET
on JazzCorner’s Facebook Page
The series, “Jazz On Film” presented by Detroit’s Carr Center explores the symbiotic relationship between Jazz and Film, through short movies that feature jazz as performance, as soundtrack, and as inspiration for innovative film stories and forms. JazzCorner™ is pleased to continue our partnership with The Carr Center by streaming for FREE this 5-part series on Facebook.
While the stream is FREE we ask that you register here
Part 5: Jazz As A Muse In Narrative Film
For the conclusion of our 5-part series, Film @ The Carr Presents…“Jazz on Film” Curators and Co-hosts, Carr Center Resident Artist Juanita Anderson and Guest Curator, Marcus Turner convey Black music as inspiration and theme in dramatic storytelling.
The last film of the prestigious and well-received series is “Songs For My Right Side,” a film by Jeffrey C. Wray & Tama Hamilton-Wray (JazzyTam Films, USA, 2020). In the film we meet Roger Smith who is in pain and has caused plenty of hurt. The fate of two recently encountered young black people occupy his thoughts. An undocumented West African longing for home crosses his path. Most of all, he wants his estranged wife Josephine to come back home. All the while, a mysterious pain takes over the right side of his body. Only music can soothe his troubled soul.
Immediately following the screening will be a live discussion between the co-hosts and Director/Writer Jeffrey C. Wray, Producer Tama Hamilton-Wray, Composer Kris Johnson and Singer/Songwriter Yellowkake.
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Motéma Music is pleased to present Jana Herzen’s acclaimed album “LIVE” for your voting consideration in the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
JANA HERZEN: LIVE
• BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
Charnett Moffett (bass); Brian Jackson (piano & keys); Corey Garcia (drums); Irwin Hall (sax & flute)
Produced by Charnett Moffett
“It’s wonderful music like a balm on the sore lockdown soul.” – JAZZ’N’MORE
“Absolutely to be discovered…
you can only fall under the spell of this moving vocalist” – JAZZASEIZHEUR
“A magnificent album.” – OPEN JAZZ
“Herzen has always this tender and solar voice – at the crossroads of certain inflections of Nina Simone or the undulations of Joni Mitchell… Close to audiophile perfection.
– SON DU MONDE
“There’s something special every time that Jana Herzen and Charnett Moffett make music… together they’re magic.” – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
Jana Herzen:LIVE "Night Blooming Jasmine"
Watch Jana Herzen’s original jazz ballad “Night Blooming Jasmine”
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The Baylor Project
‘Generations’
GRAMMY Awards® For Your Consideration Categories
BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
The Baylor Project – ‘Generations’
BEST TRADITIONAL R&B PERFORMANCE
The Baylor Project ft. Jamison Ross “Only Believe”
‘Generations,’ the second release from The Baylor Project, the three-time GRAMMY® nominated group led by the powerhouse couple Jean and Marcus Baylor, is a soulful sonic story quilt that celebrates the universality of the human condition. It’s a cultural anthology of faith, family, community, and love. Strongly supported at jazz radio nationally and internationally, “Generations” boldly reclaims the soul of jazz. Along with additional special guests; Kenny Garrett, Jamison Ross, Jazzmeia Horn, Sullivan Fortner and Dianne Reeves, The Baylors invite listeners to their proverbial kitchen table to partake in posterity deeply rooted in legacy.
The Baylor Project- We Swing (The Cypher) ft. Jazzmeia Horn & Dianne Reeves
Watch “We Swing (The Cypher)” feat. Jazzmeia Horn and Dianne Reeves from The Baylor Project – ‘Generations’
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Motéma Music is pleased to present Jihye Lee Orchestra’s acclaimed album “Daring Mind” for your voting consideration in the 64th Annual GRAMMY® Awards.
Jihye Lee Orchestra
Daring Mind
• BEST LARGE ENSEMBLE JAZZ ALBUM
• BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION (Relentless Mind)
• BEST ARRANGEMENT INSTR. OR A CAPELLA (Suji)
• BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO (Sean Jones)
“Bursting with ingenious ideas … one of 2021’s real standouts, and confirmation of Jihye Lee’s big future in the front rank.”
– JAZZWISE ★★★★
“She has her own style. Her crisp arrangements balance frenetic virtuosity with an overarching reflective mood…” – NEW YORK TIMES
“Complex tapestries woven out of simple threads”
–DOWNBEAT ★★★ 3.5 stars
Lee is a recipient of the BMI/Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize, a Manny Albam Commission, and a 2021 ASCAP Foundation & Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commission
Jihye Lee Orchestra: 'Relentless Mind'
Watch Studio Video: “Relentless Mind”
Jihye Lee Orchestra: SUJI (From the album Daring Mind on Motema Music )
NEW THIS MONTH:Studio Video of “Suji”
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Motéma Music is pleased to present Charnett Moffett’s acclaimed album “New Love” for your voting consideration in the 64th Annual GRAMMY® Awards and to announce the release of Charnett Moffett Trio:LIVE, an EP feat. Jana Herzen, recorded at Yoshi’s.
For your consideration in the 64th Annual Grammy Awards
CHARNETT MOFFETT: NEW LOVE
• BEST INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ ALBUM
• BEST INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ SOLO (Jana Herzen)
• BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION (Higher Dimensions)
“Joyous and mystically resonantin equal parts.” – JAZZWISE ★★★★
“Exotic, enigmatic… remarkable.” – JAZZTIMES
“His quicksilver imagination matches the speed of his fingers”
“– DOWNBEAT -★★★ 3.5 stars
“Overflows with optimism and warmth conveyed through the boiling joy of Moffett’s bass and the glistening responses from Herzen’s guitar.”
– ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Flying in the Air: Charnett Moffett Trio LIVE feat. Jana Herzen & Corey Garcia (Radio Edit)
Watch: “Flying in the Air” feat. Jana Herzen (guitar) and Corey Garcia (drums)
NEW LIVE DIGITAL EP!
CHARNETT MOFFETT TRIO: LIVE
feat. JANA HERZEN with COREY GARCIA
The next chapter in an unpredictable and richly artistic jazz journey that began this June with Moffett’s internationally acclaimed trio/quartet album NEW LOVE.
“The interplay of this trio is stupendous and breathtaking.” – JAZZ’N’MORE
“Whatever the musical moment, there’s a tight synchronicity at play.”
– DOWNBEAT
"REMEMBERING YOUR LOVE" from Charnett Moffett Trio:LIVE
Watch: “Remembering. Your Love “
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Motéma Music is pleased to present The Royal Bopsters’ internationally acclaimed album “Party of Four” for GRAMMY® voting consideration, and to announce their swinging new single, “Jazz Jump”
The Royal Bopsters
New Bonus Single ‘Jazz Jump’ Out Now
The Royal Bopsters: "Jazz Jump" (Official Video)
Put on your dancing shoes and forget your troubles “Jazz Jump,” the swinging new remake of the Lester Young/King Pleasure classic, recorded at The Royal Bopsters’ ‘Party of Four’ sessions is here!
“Sparkling… when it comes to group jazz singing and the art of vocalese,
The Royal Bopsters are keepers of the flame.” – JAZZIZ
For Your Consideration in the 64th Annual Grammy® Awards
Party of Four
• BEST JAZZ VOCAL ALBUM
• BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO (Pete McGuinness)
• BEST ARRANGEMENT INSTR. & VOCALS (But Not for Me)
• BEST ARRANGEMENT INSTR. or ACAPELLA (Day Dream)
• BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM NON-CLASSICAL (Dave Kowalski, Engineer)
“#1 Jazz Vocal Group” – JAZZTIMES (Extended Critics’ Poll, Feb 2021)
The Internationally acclaimed Party of Four features the vocal quartet of Amy London, Holli Ross, Pete McGuinness and Dylan Pramuk with a jazz trio and very special guests
Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough & Christian McBride
“An entertaining gem… A touchstone for jazz arrangers and vocalists” –DOWNBEAT ★★★★
“An album to treasure, and to revisit often.”  – JAZZWISE  ★★★★
“#1 Jazz Vocal Group” – JAZZTIMES Extended Critics Poll Feb. 2021
“So gloriously performed that the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and salute.” –  LONDON JAZZ NEWS
The Royal Bopsters: On A Misty Night/Gipsy from the album Party of Four
Watch Video: On a Misty Night / Gipsy
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“A little magic, a little mystery and a whole lot of great music”
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nov 5 – 21“A little magic, a little mystery and a whole lot of great music”
– Christian McBride, seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner
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Django Festival Allstars
Django Festival Allstars
Featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, Doudou Cuillerier, Antonio Licusati 
​​​​​​Live on stage
Fri, Nov 5 @ 6PM & 8:30PM

The Django Festival Allstars pay tribute to legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.buy tickets
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan with special guest Leela James
Live on stage
Sat, Nov 6 @ 8PM

You know it’s going to be a party when Chaka Khan hits the stage! Join us for an evening of fun and funk at NJPAC.buy tickets
Christian McBride
Christian McBride’s
The Movement Revisited

Live on stage
Thu, Nov 11 @ 7:30PM

This evening features jazz with Christian McBride and special readings by Sonia Sanchez, Dion Graham, John Murrillo and Willie Perdomo.
buy tickets
Lillias White
Divine Sass: Lillias White Sings Sarah Vaughan
Live on stage
Fri, Nov 12 @ 7:30PM

TONY® Award-winning singer Lillias White and her trio return to NJPAC for a tribute to the legendary Sarah Vaughan. buy tickets
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Jazz On Film: Jazz As A Muse – Improvisation
Premieres Tuesday Oct 26
FREE Streaming Worldwide
7:30PM ET
on JazzCorner’s Facebook Page
The series, “Jazz On Film” presented by Detroit’s Carr Center explores the symbiotic relationship between Jazz and Film, through short movies that feature jazz as performance, as soundtrack, and as inspiration for innovative film stories and forms. JazzCorner™ is pleased to continue our partnership with The Carr Center by streaming for FREE this 5-part series on Facebook.
While the stream is FREE we ask that you register here
Part 4: Jazz As A Music – Improvisation:
“The World Saxophone Quartet”, directed by Barbara McCullough (1980, USA)
A glance at an innovative quartet of jazz saxophonists, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, and David Murray, both in concert and conversation
“Oscar,” directed by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (2016, Canada )
Animation and archival footage are intermixed in this touching portrait of Oscar Peterson at the at the twilight of an exceptional career, as he wistfully meditates on the price of fame and the impacts of the artist’s life on family life. From the young prodigy’s beginnings in Little Burgundy, Quebec to his triumphs on the international stage alongside the biggest stars of his time, the film is set to the tunes of Peterson’s sometimes catchy, sometimes melancholy-tinged compositions. Presented courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.
“That’s My Jazz,” directed by Ben Proudfoot (2019, USA )
A portrait of Milt Abel II, the son of Kansas City jazz legend Milt Abel Sr. Milt II became head pastry chef at The French Laundry and Per Se, and sous pastry chef at two-Michelin star restaurant Noma. As his career was rising, his father’s was coming to an end. Finding himself at a crossroads, Milt II pushes the button to turn back time.
The screenings will be followed by live talkbacks between curators Juanita Anderson and Marcus Turner and the three film directors Barbara McCullough, Marie Josée Saint-Pierre and Ben Proudfoot, plus Chef Milt Abel II.
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The Carr Center Presents
“dUOS & dUETS + 1”
Danilo Pérez and Terri Lyne Carrington
plus
Sonia Sanchez
FREE Live Streaming Worldwide
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
7:30PM EDT
on JazzCorner’s Facebook Page
JazzCorner™ is pleased to continue our partnership with The Carr Center with the encore performance of “dUOS and dUETS” streaming for FREE with Grammy® Award winners Danilo Pérez and Terri Lyne Carrington plus their special guest, iconic poet and activist and scholar Sonia Sanchez on JazzCorner’s Facebook page on Tuesday, starting at 7:30PM EDT.
This popular virtual performance in high def audio and a multi-camera shoot is curated by The Carr Center’s Artistic Director, 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington. The series is designed to pair performing artists at the top of their game and present them in ways they have never been seen before!
While the livestream is FREE we ask that you register here
Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez and Sonia Sanchez
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Danilo Pérez
As a solo artist and as a collaborator with jazz giants from Dizzy Gillespie to Wayne Shorter for over three decades, Danilo Pérez has been lauded as one of the most creative forces in contemporary music
In 1993, Pérez turned his focus to his own ensembles and recording projects, releasing several albums as a leader, earning Grammy® and Latin Grammy® nominations. In 1996, under the Impulse label Pérez recorded, Panamonk, a tribute to Thelonious Monk which according to DownBeat magazine is one of the most important piano albums in the history of jazz.
Terri Lyne Carrington
A 2021 NEA Jazz Master and three-time GRAMMY® award-winning drummer, producer, and educator, she also serves as Artistic Director of The Carr Center.
While still in her 20’s, she toured extensively with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and others. In 2011 she released the GRAMMY® Award winning album, The Mosaic Project, featuring a cast of all-star women, and in 2013 she released, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, which also earned a GRAMMY ® Award, establishing her as the first woman ever to win in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category.
Her latest album, Waiting Game, with current band project, Social Science, was nominated for a 2021 GRAMMY® award and has been celebrated as one of the best jazz releases of by Rolling Stone, Downbeat, Boston Globe and Popmatters.
Sonia Sanchez
She is poet, activist, scholar, and was a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s and a pioneer in the development of Black Studies. She turned 87 on September 9. She has authored over 16 books of poetry, short stories, critical essays, plays and works for children; including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman and Under A Soprano Sky.
Among her many awards and recognitions, Sanchez is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award, the National Book Award, the Robert Creeley Foundation Award, the Langston Hughes Poetry Award, The Robert Frost Medal and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
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MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL
FREE! | SEPT 25, 2021 | 1-9 PM
Produced by Jazz House Kids
If you’re in the tri-state area you got to swing by the FREE Montclair Jazz Festival this Saturday in Montclair, NJ! It’s an all-day block party featuring 150 musicians on four stages, 100+ artisan and food vendors, a Family Discovery Zone for younger audiences and much more!
Performances by Christian McBride All-Stars w/ Mike Stern, Chris Potter & Justin Faulkner, Zaccai Curtis, The Baylor Project, Camille Thurman, Yosvany Terry, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Linda May Han Oh, Dan Weiss, Emmet Cohen, Billy Hart, Freddie Hendrix, Ingrid Jensen, Alicia Olatuja, Sean Jones, and so much more. For more info visit montclairjazzfest.org
Reminder:
Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair will be closed all day on Saturday, September 25 from Park Street to Grove Street to make room for 2 main stages, 2 street stages, more than 50 food + artisan vendors lining the all-pedestrian street and more!
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11th ANNUAL PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2021
featuring
CHAKA KHAN, DIANNE REEVES, MARCUS MILLER
Gregory Porter, Branford Marsalis, Patrice Rushen
Christian McBride, Eddie Palmieri, Kenny Garrett
plus
More Than 140 Artists
JazzCorner™ is proud to partner with the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) presented by Citizens Bank for the 11th consecutive year. Taking place live, in-person, from September 17-19, 2021, the 11th annual festival features the legendary, ten-time Grammy® Award winner Chaka Khan, who will perform on Friday, September 17 at 8pm ET at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. (Limited seats available). In partnership with Pittsburgh’s famed restaurant and jazz bar Con Alma (613 Penn Avenue), located in the Cultural District, an array of jam sessions throughout the weekend beginning at 10PM until closing will take place.
Jazzcorner will be there to cover it all on JazzCorner social media platforms, as well as on PIJF’s.
Starting at 11AM ET on Saturday, Sept 18 and running throughout the weekend, is a free program for families, especially for children under 6, Jazz Time! Experience the styles and elements of jazz music through a special musical created and performed by local Pittsburgh talents! You and your young ones will begin the show with Grandma Rose as she reminisces about the good old days as a popular vocalist with a band of the finest musicians. After a clumsy fall over the boxes in her attic, Rose awakes to music being played by her old band! Now reunited, they sing the old songs that taught her all about jazz music, exploring tempo, dynamics, melody, improvisation and more. This musical performance adapted for the screen presents children with an introduction to jazz that will be sure to inspire. Please register here
Chaka Khan – Friday – September 17, 2021
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Chaka Khan is a ten-time Grammy Award winner and has the rare ability to sing in a number of musical genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. Khan has released 22 albums and racked up ten number one songs on the Billboard charts, seven RIAA-certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums.
Marcus Miller – Saturday – September 18, 2021
For nearly four decades, bass guitarist Marcus Miller has collaborated with some of pop and jazz’s biggest giants, including Miles Davis, who Miller performed alongside as a band member and later as a writer and producer of three of Davis’ albums. Miller’s collaborations also include Luther Vandross, which led to Miller’s first Grammy Award for “R&B Song of the Year.” Throughout the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, Miller released several of his own featuring hybrids of smooth R&B, funk, and jazz. Released in 2001, his solo album “M2” won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Miller has also been selected as a UNESCO Artist for Peace and also became spokesperson for the organization’s Slave Route Project.
Gregory Porter – Saturday – September 18, 2021
Known for his rich baritone voice and his compositions, Gregory Porter is the recipient of two Grammy awards for Best Jazz Vocalist. His latest release, All Rise issued in 2020 is his sixth studio album and marks a return to Porter’s beloved original songwriting — heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail, set to a stirring mix of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel. After 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me, Porter knew two things: one, he’d bring in an orchestra for his next LP and, two, music is medicine.
Kenny Garrett – Saturday – September 18, 2021
Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett’s extraordinary abilities.
Jazzmeia Horn – Saturday – September 18
Sublime vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has emerged as one of the brightest stars on the rise in the jazz scene, earning the adoration of audiences around the world. Since releasing her Grammy Award nominated album A Social Call in 2017, Jazzmeia has been busy on the road, honing her vocal skills to a finely tuned level, writing songs of personal relevance and social message, and perfecting a fearless approach to improvisation and performance. This drive and passion have resulted in what is sure to be called one of the most courageous recordings of 2019 – Love and Liberation – filled with songs of daring musicality, emotional power, and messages of immediate relevancy. Musically, Jazzmeia’s original compositions and covers both breathe and bend jazz tradition, with tasteful touches of R&B and hip-hop, revealing a marked inventiveness and a love for a good melodic line that hints at what Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, or Nina Simone would have evolved into today.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Saturday – September 18
Born in New Orleans, Christian Scott is an American trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. He is a two-time Edison Award recipient and winner of the 2016 JazzFM Innovator of the year Award. and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards. Since 2002, Adjuah has released twelve critically acclaimed studio recordings, three live albums and one greatest hits collection. Since 2006, Christian has worked with a number of notable artists, including Prince, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, McCoy Tyner, Marcus Miller, Eddie Palmieri, rappers Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Talib Kweli, and Vic Mensa, as well as heralded poet and musician Saul Williams.
Christian McBride’s New Jawn – Saturday – September 18
Christian McBride is a Philadelphia-born bassist and bandleader with over 300 recordings as a sideman and 11 critically acclaimed albums as a leader. One of the most influential and ubiquitous bassists of his generation, McBride has worked with artists such as James Brown, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and Wynton Marsalis to Sting, The Roots, Bruce Hornsby, and Paul McCartney. With New Jawn, McBride takes “Jawn,” a Philadelphian catchall similar to “joint,” and brings a sparky quartet.
Branford Marsalis – Sunday – September 19
Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer, and band leader known for his lifelong career as a jazz musician and leader of The Branford Marsalis Quartet, formed in 1986. In its three-plus decades of existence, the Quartet has established a rare breadth of stylistic range as demonstrated on the band’s latest release: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul. Branford’s work on Broadway has garnered a Drama Desk Award and Tony nominations for the acclaimed revivals of Children of a Lesser God, Fences, and A Raisin in the Sun. His screen credits include original music composed for: Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah Winfrey, and Ma Rainey’s  Black Bottom starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band – Sunday – September 19
Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales. In 1975, Palmieri won the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording for The Sun of Latin Music (he’s won ten Grammys altogether to date), including two for his influential recording with Tito Puente, Obra Maestra/Masterpiece. Recognizing Palmieri as an American icon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives in 1988.
Dianne Reeves – Sunday – September 19, 2021
As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s Academy Award nominated “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Reeves won the “Best Jazz Vocal” Grammy for the film’s soundtrack. She has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Patrice Rushen and Friends – Sunday – September 19
Alexis Angulo – (Keyboards & Vocals)
Andrew Ford – (Bass)
Rayford Griffin – (Drums)
Paul Jackson, Jr. – (Guitar)
Eric Marienthal – (Sax)
Patrice Rushen is a four-time Grammy-nominee, recognized as one of the world’s top jazz pianists. Originally finding success in the 70s and 80s, Rushen is the musician and composer responsible for the hit song, “Forget Me Nots,” which exemplifies her signature fusion of jazz, pop, and R&B. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry’s top award shows, which include the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and HBO’s “Comic Relief V.” Rushen also spends time working with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS’s “Grammy in The Schools” program, and other organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth.
The Baylor Project – Sunday – September 19
Featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor, The Baylor Project’s collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of pastors, The Baylor’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark. Their debut CD “The Journey,” released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at number eight and a year later garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Lakecia Benjamin – Sunday – September 19
Voted by 2020 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising star Alto Saxophonist and Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association ,Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin fuses traditional conceptions of Jazz, HipHop, and Soul. Benjamin’s electric presence and fiery sax work has shared stages with several legendary artists, including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, and Macy Gray. As the bandleader of Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad, she melds the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Meters with soaring, dance-floor worthy rhythms. Benjamin’s grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level with sultry alto saxophone creating something special on every cut – be it a smoldering late-night ambiance, or a forceful jazz intensity, or even the tight funk multi-horn harmony sections.
Jeff “Tain Watts: Suite Pittsburgh – Sunday – September 19
Jeff “Tain,” Watts spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. In the film and television industry Watts has appeared as both a musician on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s Mo Better Blues. Watts joined Kenny Garrett’s band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane. Watts was a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of music Composition.
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Christian McBride with Frost Concert Jazz Band & Frost Studio Jazz Band
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

UM Gusman Concert Hall

John Daversa and Etienne Charles, directors

Christian McBride, guest bassist

Seven-time GRAMMY®-winning bassist Christian McBride is a force of nature. “In his hands, an acoustic bass can shamelessly expose the human heart,” JazzTimes said in an article. He brings virtuosic fire, a relentless energy, depth, and the grounding of a seasoned journeyman to his performances. He will join the multiple DownBeat award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band and Frost Studio Jazz Band, which are renowned for their outstanding musicianship, inspired performances, soloists, and well-crafted arrangements.
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The Musical Legacy of Melton Mustafa with Frost Studio Jazz Band
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All Without Words—Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

UM Gusman Concert Hall

Scott Flavin, conductor

John Daversa, trumpet

Experience the gripping music of composer Justin Morell, featured on John Daversa’s latest recording, All Without Words: Variations Inspired by Loren. Inspired by his non-verbal autistic son, Morell builds a series of emotional variations – sometimes painful, sometimes joyful – but always full of hope. “For beauty and heart, this music is above and beyond anything else today,” says All About Jazz.
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GRAMMY®-Winning Jazz Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and Tribute to Antônio Carlos Jobim
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

UM Gusman Concert Hall

Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Kate Reid, director
Cécile McLorin Salvant, guest vocalist

Sullivan Fortner, guest pianist

Three-time GRAMMY winner Miami native Cécile McLorin Salvant named “finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade” (The New York Times) highlights this special evening with guest pianist Sullivan Fortner, who partnered with Salvant on the duo release The Window. The Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble opens the concert celebrating the music of Antônio Carlos Jobim, one of the great exponents of Brazilian music and the father of the bossa nova with classics like The Girl from Ipanema and Desafinado.
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Intersections: Exploring Visual Art through Music—Frost Concert Jazz Band
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
John Daversa and Charles Bergeron, directors
The DownBeat award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band has been the Frost School of Music’s distinguished large jazz ensemble for over thirty years. This innovative multimedia program explores the relationship between visual art and music. World premiere compositions by the Frost Studio Jazz Writing Program members are paired with works by local visual artists. The esteemed Frost Sextet opens the set.
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Around the World—Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
Friday, November 12, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Scott Flavin, conductor
This exciting program is as rich and diverse as only the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Orchestra can present. From cutting-edge techno and jazz standards to music by today’s greatest classical composers, HMI takes us around the globe for a whirlwind sonic experience!
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XJB Big Band with Guest Conductors
Saturday, November 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Weeks Center for Recording & Performance, Clarke Recital Hall
XJB Big Band with Guest Conductors
Charles Bergeron, director
The Frost XJB Big Band delivers a night of fabulous classic big band music. These highly talented freshmen are full of musical surprises as they prepare for their entry into other prestigious jazz ensembles in the Studio Music & Jazz program. Frost’s Jazz Pedagogy Master’s degree students conduct the group.
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Jazz Composer Greats—Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Kate Reid, director
An evening celebrating great composers and performers in the jazz canon. Using the magic of their voices, Frost Jazz Vocal students add to the texture of classic instrumental pieces by an assortment of composers. Complex harmonies and beautiful melodies are explored in tunes including, Horace Silver’s Nutville and Peace; Thelonious Monk’s ‘Round Midnight and Monk’s Dream; Pat Metheny’s Phase Dance; and Esperanza Spalding’s I Adore You.
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Swingin’ for the Holidays!—Stephen Guerra Big Band
Friday, December 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Stephen Guerra, Jr., director
The annual holiday tradition continues with this big band extravaganza. Arrangements include holiday classics and a brand-new sing-along. The band showcases a diverse tapestry of musical traditions from around the world. Frost professor Stephen Guerra’s Big Band is comprised of talented students and faculty from across the Studio Music and Jazz program. Get into the spirit with an evening holiday cheer!
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The Carr Center Presents
NEA JAZZ MASTERS
Terri Lyne Carrington & Jack DeJohnette
“dUOS & dUETS” FREE encore Concert
Streaming Worldwide
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
7:30PM EDT
on JazzCorner’s Facebook Page
JazzCorner™ is pleased to continue our partnership with The Carr Center with the 3rd encore installment with drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Jack DeJohnette plus their special guest, bassist Matthew Garrison on JazzCorner’s Facebook page on Tuesday, Sept 14 starting at 7:30PM ET.
This popular virtual performance in high def audio and a multi-camera shoot is curated by The Carr Center’s Artistic Director, Terri Lyne Carrington, who said: “So incredibly excited about this particular duo performance with my mentor, the one and only Jack DeJohnette. It’s an intimate “at home” concert that we hope you enjoy.”
While this concert is FREE and can be viewed worldwide, we ask to please register here.
"dUOS & dUETS : Encore" featuring Jack DeJohnette & Terri Lyne Carrington plus Matt Garrison
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The Carr Center
Presents
Thornetta Davis
Queen of the Detroit Blues
“dUOS & dUETS” Encore Concert
FREE Streaming 09/07/21 @ 7:30PM ET
JazzCorner’s FB Page
Thornetta Davis is literally the composite of all the major styles of African-American music; a mash-up of iconic female singers like Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton and Aretha. If you don’t know her you might think, that’s just some high praise… but trust us, Thornetta is the Truth!
Thornetta Davis in concert, a "dUOS & dUETS" Encore" performance promo
Join us this coming Tuesday at 7:30pm EDT for an special presentation of Thornetta’s sensational one hour concert, Part 2 of the 5-part encore series from The Carr Center.
While this concert is FREE and can be viewed worldwide, we ask to please register here
Upcoming encore performances:
Sept 14: Terri Lyne Carrington/Jack DeJohnette + Matt Garrison
Sept 21: Lisa Fischer/Louis Cato
Sept 28: Terri Lyne Carrington/Danilo Pérez + Sonia Sanchez
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Detroit Jazz Festival
SEPT 3-6, 2021
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER • HERBIE HANCOCK
Monty Alexander • Manhattan Transfer • Kurt Elling
Keyon Harrold • Brubeck Brothers • Gregory Porter
more than 40 hours of performances!
Streaming Live on JazzCorner’s Facebook
Jazzcorner™ is proud to partner with the Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Rocket Mortgage, to stream the Festival from the first note on Friday, September 3 to the last note on Monday, September 6 on our Facebook page worldwide. The Detroit Jazz Festival will be held without audiences, and streamed live and free (no replays or on-demand) from three indoor sound stages at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Each stage will mimic the size, sound, lighting, crew and gear of traditional Festival stages. All performances will run in real time in HD sound and video.
This year’s Artist-in-Residence National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater will headline multiple performances during the festival including an opening set at 6:30PM ET with protégé group, the Woodshed Network Ladies, and a closing night performance with her all-female big band. Friday (Sept 3) also includes at 8PM ET, young piano phenom Matthew Whitaker, and at 9:10PM ET, NEA Jazz Master Herbie Hancock takes the stage
Other highlights include performances from Gregory Porter, Keyon Harrold, Omar Sosa and the Havana-Detroit Jazz Project; Kurt Elling’s “The Big Blind,” Take 6 Meets The Manhattan Transfer, Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, The Brubeck Brothers Celebrating Brubeck at 100, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Barron Trio, AZIZA with Dave Holland, Celebrating Bird @100 with Rudresh Mahanthappa & Terri Lyne Carrington, Anat Cohen, and many more
To see the full Festival schedule and learn more visit:
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Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is Back!
Wall-to-Wall Live Music
September 11-12, 2021
Jazz lovers can once again experience Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland live and in-person, Saturday, September 11 and Sunday September 12. The 42nd annual festival, presented by KeyBank, features 10 acts in Cain Park’s outdoor covered Evans Amphitheater in Cleveland Heights, with a lineup that celebrates both the roots of jazz and the forward-thinkers in the genre today.
Festival highlights include the unique Harp vs Harp duo; extraordinary piano trios led by Christian Sands and Emmet Cohen; vocalists ranging from a 21-year-old recent Sarah Vaughan Competition winner, Samara Joy to veteran Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell; three thrilling horn players; and the explosive salsa of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
2021 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Promo Video
Saturday September 11
3:30 PM – Samara Joy featuring Pasquale Grasso Trio
4:45 PM – Lakecia Benjamin and Pursuance
6:15 PM – Christian Sands Trio
7:45 PM – A Moment in Cleveland
9:15 PM – Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Sunday September 12
2 PM – Marquis Hill
3:30 PM – Bria Skonberg
5 PM – Emmet Cohen Trio
6:30 PM – Harp vs Harp: Edmar Castaneda & Grégoire Maret
8 PM – Catherine Russell
Passes, sold separately for each day, are available through ticketmaster.com or by calling 216-371-3000.
Schedule is subject to change
Samara Joy – September 11 – 3:30 PM
With a voice as smooth as velvet, 21-year-old Samara Joy’s star seems to rise with each performance. Winner of the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Joy recorded her debut record featuring Pasquale Grasso Trio. Performing with Joy is Pasquale Grasso (guitar), Ari Roland (bass) and Keith Balla (drums).
Lakecia Benjamin and Pursuance – September 11 – 4:45 PM
A charismatic and dynamic saxophonist and bandleader, Lakecia Benjamin fuses traditional conceptions of jazz, hip-hop and soul. Her latest album, Pursuance, was chosen as one of the Top 20 best albums of 2020. It’s an intergenerational masterpiece that takes one on a journey through the lineage of music with the works of John and Alice Coltrane. Her JazzFest performance features Zaccai Curtis (piano), Lonnie Plaxico (bass) and EJ Strickland (drums).
Christian Sands – September 11 – 6:15 PM
Steinway artist and five-time Grammy nominee Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. His abundant piano technique perfectly matches his conception, accomplishing a much deeper musical goal: a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. Performing with Sands is Alex Claffy (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums).
A Moment in Cleveland – September 11 – 7:45 PM
The performance of A Moment in Cleveland will be an intergenerational celebration of Cleveland jazz talent featuring Dominick Farinacci (trumpet/bandleader), Ernie Krivda (saxophone), Steve Enos (trumpet), Lafayette Carthon (piano), Jerome Jennings (drums), Jamey Haddad (percussion), Joe Hunter (piano), Evelyn Wright (vocals), Walter Barnes (electric bass), Gabe Jones (drums), Chris Coles (saxophone), Jackie Warren (piano), Bryan Thomas (upright bass) and Orlando Watson (spoken word).
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – September 11 – 9:15 PM
Three-time Grammy®-winning salsa and Latin jazz band Spanish Harlem Orchestra sets the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York-style hardcore salsa. Whether in a concert hall or at an outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing you in — they come at you full force, from start to finish. Band members include: Oscar Hernandez (piano/leader), Marco Bermudez (vocals), Carlos Cascante (vocals), Jeremy Bosch (vocals), Manuel Ruiz (trumpet), Alex Norris (trumpet), Doug Beavers (trombone), Noah Bless (trombone), Mitch Frohman (sax/flute), Luis Quintero (timbales), George Delgado (congas), Jorge Gonzalez (bongos) and Gerry Madera (bass).
Marquis Hill – September 12 – 2PM
Internationally renowned trumpeter, composer and bandleader Marquis Hill constantly breaks down the barriers that divide musical genres. To Hill, contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house and neo-soul are all essential parts of his African American creative heritage. He’ll be performing with Jeremiah Collier (drums), De’Sean Jones (tenor and soprano sax), Junius Paul (bass) and Jahari Stampley (piano).
Bria Skonberg – September 12 – 3:30 PM
Trumpeter, vocalist and songwriter Bria Skonberg has performed festivals and stages all over the world, from New Orleans to Montreal. She is known for her smoky vocals, unique arrangements and blistering trumpet solos. Her 2016 debut LP won a Canadian JUNO award and made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts. Joining her on stage is Mathis Picard (piano), Adi Meyerson (bass) and Gabriel Schnider (guitar).
Emmet Cohen Trio – September 12 – 5PM
Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. With the command of a seasoned veteran, the vibrant solo performer leads the Emmet Cohen Trio and is in constant demand as a sideman. Cohen will perform with Russell Hall (bass) and Kyle Poole (drums).
Harp vs. Harp: Grégoire Maret/Edmar Castaneda – 09/12 – 6:30 PM
Edmar Castaneda, a flashy Colombian harpist and Grégoire Maret, a virtuoso Swiss harmonica (mouth harp) player, perform as a unique duo in Harp vs Harp, expressing their shared love of world music and jazz and showcasing their strong musical affinity..
Catherine Russell – September 12 – 8:00 PM
Jazz vocalist Catherine Russell’s musical resume includes six chart-topping albums and a Grammy as a featured artist on the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack. She has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Michael Feinstein and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Her interpretations of gems from the 1920s to the present burst with soul and humor. Russell will perform with Matt Munisteri (guitar), Tai Ronen (bass), Mark Shane (piano) and Jerome Jennings (drums).
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11th ANNUAL PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2021
featuring
CHAKA KHAN, DIANNE REEVES, MARCUS MILLER
Gregory Porter, Branford Marsalis, Patrice Rushen
Christian McBride, Eddie Palmieri, Kenny Garrett
plus
More Than 140 Artists
JazzCorner™ is proud to partner with the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) presented by Citizens Bank for the 11th consecutive year. Taking place live, in-person, from September 17-19, 2021, the 11th annual festival will feature the legendary, ten-time Grammy® Award winner Chaka Khan, who will perform on Friday, September 17 at 8pm ET at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. PIJF has also announced additional performers to the already stellar line-up including Branford Marsalis, Patrice Rushen and Friends, Christian McBride’s New Jawn, and Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band on Saturday and Sunday. September 18 and 19th. In partnership with Pittsburgh’s famed restaurant and jazz bar Con Alma (613 Penn Avenue), located in the Cultural District, an array of jam sessions throughout the weekend beginning at 10PM until closing. Jazz will take place as well at host hotels throughout the city. To learn more about the host hotels and limited available discounted rates, please visit pittsburghjazzfest.org/travel.
In addition to being a fully ticketed event, to ensure the wellbeing of all audience members, artists, and staff, all attendees will be required to show proof of receiving a full FDA or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccination at least two weeks prior to attending performances at the Benedum Center, Highmark Stadium, and at AWAACC. Masks are strongly encouraged for all festival goers, regardless of vaccination status, and are required for all indoor events, regardless of vaccination status. Attendees under the age of 12 will be required to wear a mask at all times.
PIJF has partnered with CrowdPass, an encrypted, secure, HIPAA-compliant software platform specifically designed for large events that allows ticket holders to upload their vaccination record in advance to expedite entry. Attendees may also show their vaccination card and government-issued ID upon arrival to gain admittance.
Chaka Khan – Friday – September 17, 2021
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Chaka Khan is a ten-time Grammy Award winner and has the rare ability to sing in a number of musical genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. Khan has released 22 albums and racked up ten number one songs on the Billboard charts, seven RIAA-certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums.
Marcus Miller – Saturday – September 18, 2021
For nearly four decades, bass guitarist Marcus Miller has collaborated with some of pop and jazz’s biggest giants, including Miles Davis, who Miller performed alongside as a band member and later as a writer and producer of three of Davis’ albums. Miller’s collaborations also include Luther Vandross, which led to Miller’s first Grammy Award for “R&B Song of the Year.” Throughout the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, Miller released several of his own featuring hybrids of smooth R&B, funk, and jazz. Released in 2001, his solo album “M2” won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Miller has also been selected as a UNESCO Artist for Peace and also became spokesperson for the organization’s Slave Route Project.
Gregory Porter – Saturday – September 18, 2021
Known for his rich baritone voice and his compositions, Gregory Porter is the recipient of two Grammy awards for Best Jazz Vocalist. His latest release, All Rise issued in 2020 is his sixth studio album and marks a return to Porter’s beloved original songwriting — heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail, set to a stirring mix of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel. After 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me, Porter knew two things: one, he’d bring in an orchestra for his next LP and, two, music is medicine.
Kenny Garrett – Saturday – September 18, 2021
Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett’s extraordinary abilities.
Jazzmeia Horn – Saturday – September 18
Sublime vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has emerged as one of the brightest stars on the rise in the jazz scene, earning the adoration of audiences around the world. Since releasing her Grammy Award nominated album A Social Call in 2017, Jazzmeia has been busy on the road, honing her vocal skills to a finely tuned level, writing songs of personal relevance and social message, and perfecting a fearless approach to improvisation and performance. This drive and passion have resulted in what is sure to be called one of the most courageous recordings of 2019 – Love and Liberation – filled with songs of daring musicality, emotional power, and messages of immediate relevancy. Musically, Jazzmeia’s original compositions and covers both breathe and bend jazz tradition, with tasteful touches of R&B and hip-hop, revealing a marked inventiveness and a love for a good melodic line that hints at what Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, or Nina Simone would have evolved into today.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Saturday – September 18
Born in New Orleans, Christian Scott is an American trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. He is a two-time Edison Award recipient and winner of the 2016 JazzFM Innovator of the year Award. and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards. Since 2002, Adjuah has released twelve critically acclaimed studio recordings, three live albums and one greatest hits collection. Since 2006, Christian has worked with a number of notable artists, including Prince, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, McCoy Tyner, Marcus Miller, Eddie Palmieri, rappers Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Talib Kweli, and Vic Mensa, as well as heralded poet and musician Saul Williams.
Christian McBride’s New Jawn – Saturday – September 18
Christian McBride is a Philadelphia-born bassist and bandleader with over 300 recordings as a sideman and 11 critically acclaimed albums as a leader. One of the most influential and ubiquitous bassists of his generation, McBride has worked with artists such as James Brown, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and Wynton Marsalis to Sting, The Roots, Bruce Hornsby, and Paul McCartney. With New Jawn, McBride takes “Jawn,” a Philadelphian catchall similar to “joint,” and brings a sparky quartet.
Branford Marsalis – Sunday – September 19
Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer, and band leader known for his lifelong career as a jazz musician and leader of The Branford Marsalis Quartet, formed in 1986. In its three-plus decades of existence, the Quartet has established a rare breadth of stylistic range as demonstrated on the band’s latest release: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul. Branford’s work on Broadway has garnered a Drama Desk Award and Tony nominations for the acclaimed revivals of Children of a Lesser God, Fences, and A Raisin in the Sun. His screen credits include original music composed for: Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks starring Oprah Winfrey, and Ma Rainey’s  Black Bottom starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band – Sunday – September 19
Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales. In 1975, Palmieri won the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording for The Sun of Latin Music (he’s won ten Grammys altogether to date), including two for his influential recording with Tito Puente, Obra Maestra/Masterpiece. Recognizing Palmieri as an American icon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives in 1988.
Dianne Reeves – Sunday – September 19, 2021
As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s Academy Award nominated “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Reeves won the “Best Jazz Vocal” Grammy for the film’s soundtrack. She has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Patrice Rushen and Friends – Sunday – September 19
Alexis Angulo – (Keyboards & Vocals)
Andrew Ford – (Bass)
Rayford Griffin – (Drums)
Paul Jackson, Jr. – (Guitar)
Eric Marienthal – (Sax)
Patrice Rushen is a four-time Grammy-nominee, recognized as one of the world’s top jazz pianists. Originally finding success in the 70s and 80s, Rushen is the musician and composer responsible for the hit song, “Forget Me Nots,” which exemplifies her signature fusion of jazz, pop, and R&B. She has been the first female musical director for many of the entertainment industry’s top award shows, which include the Grammy Awards, the Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and HBO’s “Comic Relief V.” Rushen also spends time working with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, NARAS’s “Grammy in The Schools” program, and other organizations dedicated to establishing music education and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth.
The Baylor Project – Sunday – September 19
Featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor, The Baylor Project’s collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of pastors, The Baylor’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark. Their debut CD “The Journey,” released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at number eight and a year later garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Lakecia Benjamin – Sunday – September 19
Voted by 2020 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising star Alto Saxophonist and Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association ,Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin fuses traditional conceptions of Jazz, HipHop, and Soul. Benjamin’s electric presence and fiery sax work has shared stages with several legendary artists, including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, and Macy Gray. As the bandleader of Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad, she melds the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Meters with soaring, dance-floor worthy rhythms. Benjamin’s grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level with sultry alto saxophone creating something special on every cut – be it a smoldering late-night ambiance, or a forceful jazz intensity, or even the tight funk multi-horn harmony sections.
Jeff “Tain Watts: Suite Pittsburgh – Sunday – September 19
Jeff “Tain,” Watts spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. In the film and television industry Watts has appeared as both a musician on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s Mo Better Blues. Watts joined Kenny Garrett’s band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane. Watts was a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of music Composition.
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Jazz is Back at NJPAC!
JazzCorner™ is proud to be working once again with the The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) as they welcome live, in-person jazz back to its stage throughout 2021 beginning with GRAMMY™ Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter (Sep 24). The TD Jazz Series continues in the Fall with “Salsa Meets Jazz” (Sep 25), Chaka Khan (Nov 6) and more. Celebrating its 10th anniversary is the annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival showcasing an all-star lineup of the country’s best musicians, held Nov 6-20, including the New Jersey premiere of Christian McBride’s “The Movement Revisited” and Chris Botti (Nov 12), Dianne Reeves plus Artemis (Nov 13), Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and much more.
Gregory Porter – Friday – Sept 24 @ 8PM
Part of the TD Jazz Series
Vocalist Gregory Porter returns! Hot on the heels of his revelatory 2020 album, ‘All Rise,’ he’s helping us welcome jazz back to NJPAC with his distinctive bone-deep baritone. If you’ve missed live music, this is one earth-rumbling, bone-shaking performance you absolutely can’t miss. Gregory Porter swings with all the earthy warmth of Nat King Cole, the soulful spirit of Stevie Wonder and the poet’s truth of Bill Withers. Come experience “one of the most amazing singing voices you’ll hear on planet earth” (The Guardian).
Salsa Meets Jazz – Saturday – Sept 25 @ 8PM
Part of the TD Jazz Series
¡Viva la Música! In the best tradition of the venerated “Salsa Meets Jazz” series, this all-star lineup features three of the greatest attractions in all of contemporary Afro-Latin music: hard-swinging virtuoso pianist Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra, storied bandleader and keyboardist Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Puerto Rico’s celebrated son and salsa singer Tito Nieves.
Chaka Khan with special guest Leela James – Sat. – Nov 6 @ 8PM
Part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival
You know it’s going to be a party when Chaka Khan hits the stage at NJPAC! The ten-time GRAMMY® winner is a once-in-a-generation superstar and a certified legend of funk, soul and R&B. With her instantly recognizable vocals, Chaka Khan has given the world hit after unforgettable hit: “Tell Me Something Good,” “You Got the Love,” “Everlasting Love,” “I Feel for You,” “Through the Fire,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody”…we could go on, but you get the idea. Join us for an evening of fun and funk that will bring you to a “Higher Love.”
Leela James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album ‘A Change is Gonna Come,’ introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. For Leela, it’s always been about the soul. So much so that she was nicknamed Baby Etta (for Etta James) as a little girl growing up in Los Angeles.
Chris Botti – Saturday – Nov 12 @ 8PM
Part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival
GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti is a dynamic entertainer and showman. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Chris puts on a terrific showcase starring a wide range of singers and virtuoso instrumentalists, not the least of which are the players in his own band.
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11th ANNUAL PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 17-19, 2021
featuring
CHAKA KHAN, DIANNE REEVES, MARCUS MILLER
Gregory Porter, Kenny Garrett Quintet, Jazzmeia Horn
plus
more than 140 musicians
The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) is delighted to welcome you to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in person September 17 -19 with an array of amazing artists, jam sessions, special events and so much more as we take over the ‘Burgh.
Hotels are filling fast, and we want to inform you of some special discounts exclusively for PIJF goers:
Kimpton: Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh
620 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Click here for Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival discount and use group code F45 or call reservations at 617 772-5854 and request Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival group rate.
Discount rate ends:
MONDAY JULY 26, 2021
Three night minimum stay for discounted rate.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
435 Fort Pitt Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Click here for Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival group rate.
Discount rate ends:
FRIDAY AUGUST 20, 2021
Two night minimum stay for discounted rate.
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown
250 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Click here for Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival group rate.
Discount rate ends:
FRIDAY JULY 23, 2021
Two night minimum stay for discounted rate.
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Click here for Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival group rate.
Discount rate ends:
TUESDAY AUGUST, 2021
Double rooms available. No minimum night stay for discounted rate.
FOR COMPLETE TRAVEL INFORMATION INCLUDING MORE HOTELS
Chaka Khan – Friday – September 17, 2021
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Chaka Khan is a ten-time Grammy Award winner and has the rare ability to sing in a number of musical genres, including R&B, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. Khan has released 22 albums and racked up ten number one songs on the Billboard charts, seven RIAA-certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums.
Dianne Reeves – Sunday – September 19, 2021
As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category. Featured in George Clooney’s Academy Award nominated “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Reeves won the “Best Jazz Vocal” Grammy for the film’s soundtrack. She has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Marcus Miller – Saturday – September 18, 2021
For nearly four decades, bass guitarist Marcus Miller has collaborated with some of pop and jazz’s biggest giants, including Miles Davis, who Miller performed alongside as a band member and later as a writer and producer of three of Davis’ albums. Miller’s collaborations also include Luther Vandross, which led to Miller’s first Grammy Award for “R&B Song of the Year.” Throughout the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, Miller released several of his own featuring hybrids of smooth R&B, funk, and jazz. Released in 2001, his solo album “M2” won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Miller has also been selected as a UNESCO Artist for Peace and also became spokesperson for the organization’s Slave Route Project.
Gregory Porter – Saturday – September 18, 2021
Known for his rich baritone voice and his compositions, Gregory Porter is the recipient of two Grammy awards for Best Jazz Vocalist. His latest release, All Rise issued in 2020 is his sixth studio album and marks a return to Porter’s beloved original songwriting — heart-on-sleeve lyrics imbued with everyday philosophy and real-life detail, set to a stirring mix of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel. After 2017’s Nat King Cole & Me, Porter knew two things: one, he’d bring in an orchestra for his next LP and, two, music is medicine.
Kenny Garrett – Saturday – September 18, 2021
Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett’s extraordinary abilities.
Jazzmeia Horn – Saturday – September 18
Sublime vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has emerged as one of the brightest stars on the rise in the jazz scene, earning the adoration of audiences around the world. Since releasing her Grammy Award nominated album A Social Call in 2017, Jazzmeia has been busy on the road, honing her vocal skills to a finely tuned level, writing songs of personal relevance and social message, and perfecting a fearless approach to improvisation and performance. This drive and passion have resulted in what is sure to be called one of the most courageous recordings of 2019 – Love and Liberation – filled with songs of daring musicality, emotional power, and messages of immediate relevancy. Musically, Jazzmeia’s original compositions and covers both breathe and bend jazz tradition, with tasteful touches of R&B and hip-hop, revealing a marked inventiveness and a love for a good melodic line that hints at what Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, or Nina Simone would have evolved into today.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Saturday – September 18
Born in New Orleans, Christian Scott is an American trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. He is a two-time Edison Award recipient and winner of the 2016 JazzFM Innovator of the year Award. and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards. Since 2002, Adjuah has released twelve critically acclaimed studio recordings, three live albums and one greatest hits collection. Since 2006, Christian has worked with a number of notable artists, including Prince, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, McCoy Tyner, Marcus Miller, Eddie Palmieri, rappers Mos Def (Yasin Bey), Talib Kweli, and Vic Mensa, as well as heralded poet and musician Saul Williams.
The Baylor Project – Sunday – September 19
Featuring Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor, The Baylor Project’s collaboration is steeped in the heart and soul of Jazz. As the children of pastors, The Baylor’s musical roots were planted deep within the church, and it was there that the road was paved for the influence of gospel, blues, soul, and jazz to make its mark. Their debut CD “The Journey,” released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at number eight and a year later garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Lakecia Benjamin – Sunday – September 19
Voted by 2020 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising star Alto Saxophonist and Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association ,Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin fuses traditional conceptions of Jazz, HipHop, and Soul. Benjamin’s electric presence and fiery sax work has shared stages with several legendary artists, including Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, and Macy Gray. As the bandleader of Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad, she melds the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Meters with soaring, dance-floor worthy rhythms. Benjamin’s grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level with sultry alto saxophone creating something special on every cut – be it a smoldering late-night ambiance, or a forceful jazz intensity, or even the tight funk multi-horn harmony sections.
Jeff “Tain Watts: Suite Pittsburgh – Sunday – September 19
Jeff “Tain,” Watts spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention, earning Watts a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. In the film and television industry Watts has appeared as both a musician on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s Mo Better Blues. Watts joined Kenny Garrett’s band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane. Watts was a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of music Composition.
More artists will be announced in July