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Steve Wilson With Strings

Date: 
Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

To inaugurate the 2011-12 jazz season at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., director of jazz Kevin Struthers wanted something special and different. So he called on go-to alto sax man Steve Wilson, and Wilson delivered an all-star jazz group — Bruce Barth (piano), Michael Bowie (bass), Lewis Nash (drums) — plus three violins (Diane Monroe, Matvei Sigalov and Naira Underwood), a violist (Dawn Michelle Johnson), a cellist (Troy Kenneth Stuart) and high expectations.

Jason Moran

Date: 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jason Moran is one of the most talked-about pianists and composers of the past decade. In 2010, he was made a MacArthur Fellow and is now the top jazz adviser for the Kennedy Center, picking up where Dr. Billy Taylor left off. Moran opens this session with a song from his latest album, Ten, called "Blue Blocks" — a commission by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibition of quilts from Gee's Bend, Ala. The way Moran describes the quilts to host Jon Weber sounds very much like Moran's own music.

Simon Tedeschi

Date: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Australian classical pianist Simon Tedeschi talks about his jazz piano pursuits, his particular love of stride piano and performing the music for the movie “Shine” at the tender age of 14. Tune in at 6pm to hear more about Tedeschi's riveting musical endeavors.

Stefon Harris

Date: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 6:00pm

Vibraphonist and bandleader Stefon Harris is one of the busiest musicians in jazz: He tours with his band Blackout and the SF Jazz Collective, teaches at NYU and is an artist-in-residence at institutions across the U.S. Born with asthma, Harris took to piano and percussion at an early age, but that never stopped him from admiring a trumpeter like Miles Davis.

Frank Foster and Songs of Romance

Date: 
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

We remember the late tenorman, composer and Basie alum Frank Foster in this one of his last performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Singers Dennis Rowland and Marlena Shaw guest on Black Coffee, Perdido, and Foster's own classic Cecilia is Love. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, and Christian McBride: Three in One

Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

From the stage of Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, we hear three keepers of the jazz flame - each with his own ensemble. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut, guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride form an all-star rhythm roll call. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Otis Redding

Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 7:00pm
Program: 

Soul singers don't get any better than the "Big O." His tragic
death at age 26 cut short the life of an artist who was just
reaching his prime. Also known as "The King of Soul" Otis
released his first record for Stax in 1964. Join host Tom
Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of one of soul's most
emotional and powerful voices. It all starts at 7pm!

Whitney James

Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Whitney James studied musical theatre and opera before committing to jazz, and her theatrical background has served her well. Her acclaimed 2010 debut album, The Nature of Love, revealed a fully formed voice on a confident set of beloved standards. With host Jon Weber as accompanist, James brings her rich, full alto tone to tunes including “Tenderly” and “If You Could See Me Now.”

Jacqui Naylor

Date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 6:00pm
Program: 

Singer/Songwriter Jaqui Naylor combines pop and jazz in what she calls “acoustic smashing”.

Chucho Valdes and The Afro Cuban Jazz Messengers

Date: 
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes is today's ultimate jazz ambassador - from deep Afro-Cuban roots and improvisational jazz mastery, he creates a sophisticated style all his own. For their first stateside performance in seven years, Valdes brings his Afro Cuban Messengers to the Allen Room. Wendell Pierce hosts.

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