Jazz Weekend: October 7 - 9, 2016

Come and share a joyous celebration of jazz at the Center!  It's a top-notch lineup featuring timeless music of jazz legends plus the exciting Center debut of an innovative new artist and the return of a nine-time Grammy® winner with an all-star orchestra. Join us.

October 7

Tribute to Miles Davis with SFJAZZ Collective
Jazz100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk

October 8

Kamasi Washington

October 9

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
and special guest Jamison Ross

Friday, October 7

Tribute to Miles Davis with SFJAZZ Collective

 

As soloists, composers, and bandleaders, the SFJAZZ Collective represents what’s happening now in jazz. They also demonstrate that jazz has truly become an international language. Hailing from Ohio, Baltimore, Miami, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and New Zealand, the Collective’s multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. However, the jazz community only reached its current state by maintaining its traditions while simultaneously embracing innovation. This, too, is the essence of the SFJAZZ. These exceptional artists come together in the name of jazz as a constantly evolving, quintessentially modern music.

The current octet is a burnished international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire.
 
Each year, the SFJAZZ Collective creates and performs eight new works and eight new arrangements of tunes by an honored artist. For 2016-17, they pay tribute to trumpeter, composer, and innovator Miles Davis. More than any other figure, Davis changed the sound of jazz – not once, but consistently over his career – from the birth of bebop in the 1940s to the integration of rock approaches that gave rise to the fusion movement in the 1970s. 
 
 

 

Jazz100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk

 

 
2017 marks the centennial celebration for four visionary icons of music all born in the same glorious year: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk. Jazz 100 showcases both the dynamic individual artistry of each icon and the powerful unifying threads between them which helped shape and inform not only the evolution of jazz but modern music as we now recognize it.
 
Musical Director and former Gillespie pianist Danilo Pérez has carefully assembled a world class ensemble of virtuosos, bandleaders and composers in their own right including Chris Potter (saxophone, woodwinds), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone, vocals – North America), Lizz Wright (vocals – North America), Robin McKelle (vocals – Europe), Roman Diaz (percussion, vocals), Ben Street (bass) and Adam Cruz (drums) to reflect and pay homage to some of our history’s most important and timeless musical voices.

 
 
 
 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Kamasi Washington

WINNER of the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critic’s poll in three categories:
Best Jazz Album, The Epic
Rising Star – Jazz Artist
Rising Star – Tenor Saxophone

Center Debut
 


Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has quite simply taken the jazz world by storm and captured the gaze of the music-loving public. Fresh off recent gigs with Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, the LA native's recent release, I, was one of the most critcially acclaimed albums of last year topping many best of and bringing renewed attention to jazz worldwide. 

"One of the most critically acclaimed records of 2015, surveying spiritual, funk, R&B and fusion styles, it’s caused Kamasi’s stock to skyrocket. Meanwhile, his key contribution to rapper Kendrick Lamar’s seminal album To Pimp a Butterfly is an association that has helped unlock a large and not naturally jazz-centric audience judging by the proportion of young baseball cap-favouring fans among the crowd.

And yet for all of Washington’s rising star quality, what stands out most about the opening date of his first UK headline tour is his generosity in sharing the spotlight with his bandmates, a tight-knit and equally talented unit that he’s known and played with for so long they’re practically family. Quite literally in the case of his guest soprano sax player dad Rickey Washington, “the man who taught me everything I know”, who stands dwarfed beside his nightclub bouncer-proportioned son to help lay down some creamy horns with trombonist Ryan Porter over the mellow opening strains of Re Run." (The Guardian, June 28,2016

 
 
 

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

and special guest the Jamison Ross Quintet

 
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is hailed as the “finest big band in the world today” (The Daily Telegraph). Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash, and masterworks by legends like Ellington, Shorter, Monk and Corea, the group is internationally acclaimed for its incredible versatility.

"Marsalis gets top billing, and he soloed with abandon and daring. But his colleagues were no less formidable. Pianist Dan Nimmer, bassist Carlos Enriquez and drummer Ali Jackson were sterling accompanists and soloists, and the great horn players were practically too numerous to mention. One of the most memorable turns was Victor Goines’ soprano saxophone feature on Summertime. Another was the soulful closing statement from alto saxophonist Sherman Irby on the orchestra’s slow-blues encore. But as striking as the many individual achievements were, they were subordinate to the orchestra’s greater, nobler cause of waving the flag for jazz." (Ottowa Citizen, June 30, 2016)