2016-17 Jazz Monsters Series

Roy McCurdy  Charles McPherson  Maria Schneider Orchestra
Calvin Keys  Jose Rizo's Mongorama

2016-17 Jazz Monsters Series

Jazz for jazz-lovers! Soka’s ongoing Jazz Monsters Series presents the most-talented new and established artists in jazz. Presented in cooperation with Bluport Jazz.

Tickets: $35 ($29 student/senior) *Unless otherwise noted

Package: 5 Jazz Monsters Performances| Location/Configuration: Concert Hall/Amplified

Package Price: $138 ($115 student/senior) | Package Savings: $38-47 (25%)

This package is no longer available. However, you may bundle four or more events in a Create Your Own Series.

A Tribute to Roy McCurdy on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Drummer McCurdy is known for his important contributions to Cannonball Adderley’s Quintet (1965-75), but he has been a stimulating participant in many other sessions over the years. Celebrate the life and music of this jazz icon who will be joined by Mike Gurrola, bass; Larry Fuller, piano; Gilbert Castellanos, trumpet; Rickey Woodard and Isaiah Collier, tenor sax; and vocalist Janis Mann.

A Tribute to Charles McPherson on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8 p.m.

McPherson gained fame with Charles Mingus in the 1960s, but it has been his continuing work with multiple jazz luminaries that places him among the top sax players in jazz. Celebrate the life and music of this sax legend who will be joined by Brian Lynch, trumpet; Johnathan Blake, drums; Jeb Patton, piano; and Ray Drummond, bass. 

Maria Schneider Orchestra on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8 p.m.

*Tickets: $45 ($37 student/senior)

Recipient of two GRAMMY Awards (jazz and classical) in 2016, Schneider’s music has been hailed as evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous. Blurring the lines between genres, Schneider’s long list of commissioners is quite varied, stretching among Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and collaborating with David Bowie.

Calvin Keys Ensemble on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.

For nearly 50 years, jazz guitarist Calvin Keys has been a leader of his own bands, producer of his recordings and on first call for his exceptional style as an accompanist and soloist by many other legends of jazz. He performed for nearly 20 years with Ahmad Jamal, as well as with Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Jackie Davis to name a few.

José Rizo’s Mongorama on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Mongorama is a Latin-jazz ensemble formed by KJazz 88.1 radio personality José Rizo (host of Jazz on the Latin Side). The GRAMMY-nominated group explores the early Mongo Santamaria charanga-jazz material of the 1950s and early 1960s, and refreshes it with a modern perspective. They recently performed at the Havana International Jazz Plaza Festival in Cuba.

Mark Your Calendar!

Current Package Holder Renewals begin on May 9.

Current series package holder renewals will begin on May 9, 2016 using our online renewal system. Current package holders will receive a special renewal email notice with instructions and a link to renew their current seats. Current package holder seats will be held for renewal until July 6, 2016. After that date, seats that are not renewed will be released for general sale. Click here for renewal instructions.

Online Package Sales for new package subscribers will begin on June 6.

New series package requests will begin on June 6, 2016. An email notice will be sent out to all Soka Performing Arts Center patrons just prior to that date. 

Package Sales end the day of the first performance in the series. At that time you may Create Your Own Series with these and other events.

Single-Event Tickets go on sale July 6.

Tickets for individual events (Single-Event Tickets) will go on sale July 6, 2016. At that time, you may purchase any or all of the individual performances.

PLEASE NOTE: Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.