2019-20 Jazz Festival Series

Jazz Festival Collage of Musicians


KENNY BARRON QUARTET
Friday, September 20, 2019
8PM | Concert Hall
“One of the top jazz pianists in the world.” — Los Angeles Times

Kenny Barron

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, Kenny Barron’s unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired Jazz Weekly to call him “The most lyrical piano player of our time.” Kenny has earned eleven Grammy Award nominations, and is “one of the most articulate and polished mainstream–to–bop improvisers in the jazz of the past 40 years.” – The Guardian

Kenny Barron, piano
Erena Terakubo, saxophone
Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass
McClenty Hunter, drums

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MARILYN MAYE AND KENNY WERNER
Saturday, September 21, 2019
3PM | Concert Hall
“Ms. Maye has the remarkable ability to transform upbeat sloganeering into rousing affirmation, infused with such certainty and sense of purpose that she can penetrate the armor and melt the heart of the most hardened cynics.” - The New York Times

Marilyn Maye

Grammy Award-nominated Marilyn Maye is a musical treasure. Singer, actress, director, arranger and educator, she has earned her place in the entertainment lexicon the old-fashioned way: pure talent and determination. One of Maye’s many un-matched talents is to fill theaters whether singing big and theatrical Broadway and cabaret or hip, cool, swinging jazz. Perhaps the simplest Marilyn Maye accolade came after one of her show-stopping appearances on "The Tonight Show" when turning to his audience of millions, Johnny Carson said, "And that, young singers, is the way it's done."

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KENNY WERNER TRIO

Saturday, September 21, 2019
8PM | Concert Hall
“Mr. Werner is a clear virtuoso, and when he solos there’s wit everywhere..." - The New York Times

Kenney Werner playing piano

Grammy Award-nominated Kenny Werner is a pianist of seemingly infinite capacity. He expertly entwines the three sisters of music – melody, harmony and rhythm – making the piano sing with beauty and confidence. A concert with Kenny at the helm is a lyrical (but never predictable) journey through the vast seas of improvised music.

Kenny Werner, piano
Johannes Weidenmeuller, bass
Ari Heonig, drums

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THE JAZZ CENTENARIANS SALUTES 100 YEARS OF NAT KING COLE FEATURING BARBARA MORRISON AND SHERRY WILLIAMS
 
Sunday, September 22, 2019
3pm | Concert Hall

"...whether she’s [Barbara Morrison] singing Jazz, Blues or R&B, her timing and intonation are virtually flawless and the subtle perfection of her phrasing evokes Louis Armstrong." Jazz Straight Ahead, KCSB-FM

"[Sherry] Williams, with a visual appearance reminiscent of a young Ella Fitzgerald, imbued everything she sang with the soul of jazz. –
Los Angeles Times

Barbara Morrison singing Sherry Williams

Styled after the groundbreaking “The Nat King Cole Show” the concert features Barbara Morrison and Sherry Williams along with a big band, the “Nat King Cole Trio” and 10 singers each performing songs by the legendary artists who sang on the original variety TV show, such as Lena Horn, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Art Blakey and more.

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Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.