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Pianist Deanna Witkowski Presents Trio Arrangements of 14 Hymns on 'Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns'Pianist Deanna Witkowski Presents Trio Arrangements of 14 Hymns on 'Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2017

Grace, serenity, and rhapsody are on abundant display throughout the 14 songs pianist Deanna Witkowski performs with her trio on 'Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns,' set for release November 3 on Tilapia Records. (more...)

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis Coming to Overture Hall This FallJazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis Coming to Overture Hall This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2017

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis, 'the greatest large jazz ensemble working today' (Chicago Tribune) will perform in Overture Hall on Sat., Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with Badger High School Jazz Ensemble of Lake Geneva performing as the opening act. The stop in Madison also offers somewhat of a homecoming for pianist Dan Nimmer, who grew up in Wisconsin. (more...)

Billy Porter, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Norm Lewis Set for Reading of SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR in NJBilly Porter, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Norm Lewis Set for Reading of SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR in NJ
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) launches its 2017-18 reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a free presentation of SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR, a new play with music, written by Rob Zellers, directed by Billy Porter, with music supervision by Zane Mark and musical direction by Darryl Ivey.  (more...)

Garrison Keillor, Straight No Chaser, Shaping Sound and More Set for The Kentucky Center's 34th SeasonGarrison Keillor, Straight No Chaser, Shaping Sound and More Set for The Kentucky Center's 34th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

The Kentucky Center is offering a wide variety of entertainment as it opens its 34th arts season. Fall performances will feature author and radio personality Garrison Keillor, all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser, Emmy winner Travis Wall's dance company Shaping Sound as well as many others. (more...)

The Kentucky Center presents The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton MarsalisThe Kentucky Center presents The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2017

The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) is a 15-piece musical group consisting of some of the best ensemble players, soloists and arrangers in jazz music, and led by famed trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. Their show contains a wide variety of musical works, including original and historic compositions, Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned pieces and masterworks from celebrated musicians such as Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams and Charles Mingus. (more...)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Returns to Marcus CenterJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Returns to Marcus Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2017

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. The orchestra makes a return to the Marcus Center's Uihlein Hall on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Bryant Park presents IN/TERSECT: Billy Childs Quartet, Derek Bermel and More This SummerBryant Park presents IN/TERSECT: Billy Childs Quartet, Derek Bermel and More This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

Showcasing world-class jazz and classical music, IN/TERSECT is a rare opportunity to experience some of the most sophisticated music being created today. The two-day music festival is produced with Chamber Music America and curated by Patrick Zimmerli. (more...)

Kennedy Center Announces 2017-2018 Jazz SeasonKennedy Center Announces 2017-2018 Jazz Season
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

???????The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced programming for its 2017–2018 jazz season, the sixth presented under Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, who has extended his contract with the Kennedy Center to continue in this role through 2021. The season features celebrations of some of the jazz world's greatest luminaries and shines a light on contemporary artists. Under Moran's direction, the Kennedy Center remains committed to artist-centered jazz programming, which presents a wide spectrum of artists and work that highlights the rich and diverse history of this American art form while simultaneously looking forward to new frontiers. (more...)

2017 International Jazz Composers' Symposium Honors Chick Corea2017 International Jazz Composers' Symposium Honors Chick Corea
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

For two and a half days in the middle of May, prominent jazz composers, musicians, scholars, students, and industry professionals from across the world flocked to Tampa, FL to convene for the first Jazz Composers' Symposium in almost 10 years. Taking place in the University of South Florida School of Music's impressive new building/concert hall located just north of downtown Tampa, the almost 200 conference registrants were afforded an all-too-rare opportunity to connect with fellow jazz composers while engaging with celebrated master artists, becoming exposed to a variety of new music, and discussing related music industry trends.      (more...)

Jazz Power Initiative's Spring Benefit to Honor Bob Dorough and More at The Dimenna CenterJazz Power Initiative's Spring Benefit to Honor Bob Dorough and More at The Dimenna Center
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

The Jazz Power Initiative (formerly The Jazz Drama Program) will hold its Spring Benefit Gala -- An Evening of Celebration and Song -- on Wednesday, June, 7, 2017 from 7 - 9 PM at The Dimenna Center, New York (450 West 37th Street), it was announced today by Eli Yamin, the organization's Managing and Artistic Director. (more...)

Victor Goines to Perform with the NYYS Jazz Band at Lincoln CenterVictor Goines to Perform with the NYYS Jazz Band at Lincoln Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines joins director Andy Clausen and the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band for its season finale on Sunday, May 7th at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 3:30pm. (more...)

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding and More Set for Abbey Lincoln Tribute at Kennedy CenterDee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding and More Set for Abbey Lincoln Tribute at Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, under the leadership of Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, continues to celebrate the legacy of jazz artist Mary Lou Williams with the annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, May 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater. (more...)

Corky Hale to Present Birthday Tribute to Billie Holiday at Catalina Jazz ClubCorky Hale to Present Birthday Tribute to Billie Holiday at Catalina Jazz Club
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

Acclaimed Jazz harpist-pianist-vocalist Corky Hale will present a 102nd Birthday Show honoring Billie Holiday on Thursday, April 6 at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.  Hale is one of the few people still performing who was actually a close friend of Holiday's, playing for her on the 'Stars of Jazz' TV show, and on several recordings and live appearances. (more...)

Michelle Dorrance, Bill Irwin, Chris Jackson, Tiler Peck and More Set for DEMO: SONG & DANCE at The Kennedy CenterMichelle Dorrance, Bill Irwin, Chris Jackson, Tiler Peck and More Set for DEMO: SONG & DANCE at The Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

After paying tribute to artistic inspirations during Fall 2016's DEMO, Damian Woetzel continues to unite artists from across fields around a common theme in performance on April 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater. This installment of the multi-genre series brings together acclaimed artists for a special one-night performance to celebrate the combination of song and dance. (more...)

Jazz Women of NY Celebrate Women In Jazz Month at Metropolitan RoomJazz Women of NY Celebrate Women In Jazz Month at Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Jazz Women of New York is a new all-woman band conceived by vocalist Lee Torchia.  The core group is pianist Jill McManus, bassist Melissa Slocum, drummer Sylvia Cuenca, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, and saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, with occasional subs from the female side of NY jazz. (more...)

Kennedy Center Announces Participants for 19th Annual Betty Carter's Jazz AheadKennedy Center Announces Participants for 19th Annual Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the participants in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead (BCJA)-the international jazz residency, performance, and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats-to be held March 20-31, 2017 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Led by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists/composers in their mid-teens to age 25 and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artists/instructors who coach and counsel them, polishing their performance, composing, and arranging skills. (more...)

Kennedy Center Presents Annual MARY LOU WILLIAMS JAZZ FESTIVALKennedy Center Presents Annual MARY LOU WILLIAMS JAZZ FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, under the leadership of Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran, continues to celebrate the legacy of jazz artist Mary Lou Williams with the annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, May 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater. This year's festival will celebrate the musical legacy of vocalist, actor, and civil rights activist and NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln, and features NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, and Music Director and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. (more...)

Kennedy Center presents 2017 NEA Jazz Masters ConcertKennedy Center presents 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts will celebrate the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters with a free concert, Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The performance will honor the recipients of the nation's highest honor in jazz, highlighting their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz music. The concert, held during Jazz Appreciation Month, will also be streamed online at www.kennedy-center.org. In addition to the April 3 concert, the NEA Jazz Masters will hold a listening party at National Public Radio headquarters on Sunday, April 2, and a master class for young musicians to learn from the Jazz Masters themselves at Howard University on Tuesday, April 4. (more...)

All-Female Band 'Jazz Women of New York' Available for BookingsAll-Female Band 'Jazz Women of New York' Available for Bookings
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Jazz Women of New York is a new all-woman band conceived by vocalist Lee Torchia.  The core group is pianist Jill McManus, saxophonist and flutist Carol Sudhalter, and bassist Melissa Slocum, with occasional subs from the female side of NY jazz. (more...)

'Message From Saturn' Returns From Russia and Heads To Dizzy's'Message From Saturn' Returns From Russia and Heads To Dizzy's
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

'I just got a message from Saturn. We are not playing enough blues!' - Sun Ra   (more...)

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