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Jazz: 2011-2012 Season

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[KC Jazz Club: Steve Wilson: <i>Bird with Strings</i>]

KC Jazz Club: Steve Wilson: Bird with Strings

Oct. 7 - 8, 2011
"Among the best New York jazz has to offer" (The New York Times), saxophonist, bandleader, and songwriter Steve Wilson returns to the KC Jazz Club as bandleader with music from Charlie Parker's 1950 recording, Bird with Strings.


[Roy Haynes and the Fountain of Youth Band]

Roy Haynes and the Fountain of Youth Band

Fri., Oct. 14, 2011
Dubbed "one of the seven wonders of modern jazz" by Billboard, Roy Haynes plays his drums with more than 50 years of experience. His unrelenting swing and quicksilver responsiveness have been pushing the beat of jazz forward since the early 1940s.


[KC Jazz Club: Benny Green Trio with Special Guest Gary Smulyan: <i>Monk's Dream: Fifty Years Fresh</i>]

KC Jazz Club: Benny Green Trio with Special Guest Gary Smulyan: Monk's Dream: Fifty Years Fresh

Fri., Oct. 21, 2011
Pianist Benny Green celebrates his first and most significant musical hero, Thelonious Monk, by joining forces with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, and special guest baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan.


[KC Jazz Club: Russell Malone]

KC Jazz Club: Russell Malone

Sat., Oct. 22, 2011
A self-taught guitarist who plays with "exceptional harmonic ingenuity and finesse" (The Washington Post), Russell Malone is well-known in the jazz world for his congenial, clever style and astounding versatility.


[Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars featuring Dorado Schmitt and Special Guest Edmar Castaneda]

Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars featuring Dorado Schmitt and Special Guest Edmar Castaneda

Sat., Oct. 29, 2011
Showcasing the intricacies of the authentic Django Reinhardt style, the Festival All-Stars return to the Terrace Theater featuring guitar virtuoso Dorado Schmitt and special guest harpist Edmar Castaneda.


[<i>Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy Taylor</i>]

Jazz on the Elevens: A Tribute to Billy Taylor

Fri., Nov. 11, 2011, 8:00 PM
Some of the world's most talented jazz artists, including NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi and Danilo Pérez, pay tribute to the late Dr. Billy Taylor (1921–2010), as part of Swing, Swing, Swing.


[The Manhattan Transfer with Jon Hendricks]

The Manhattan Transfer with Jon Hendricks

Sun., Nov. 20, 2011, 7:00 PM
The Grammy Award–winning The Manhattan Transfer performs in the Concert Hall with "Father of Vocalese" Jon Hendricks and two collegiate a cappella groups as part of Swing, Swing, Swing.


[NSO Pops: <i>An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole</i> with George Benson]

NSO Pops: An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole with George Benson

Nov. 25 - 26, 2011
Ten-time Grammy Award–winning guitarist and vocalist George Benson performs in tribute to Nat King Cole with conductors Randy Waldman and Steven Reineke and the NSO Pops as part of Swing, Swing, Swing.


[KC Jazz Club: Tierney Sutton Band]

KC Jazz Club: Tierney Sutton Band

Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
Three-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, who the New York Times calls "a true jazz spirit," returns to the KC Jazz Club for the first time in six years.


[NPR's <i>A Jazz Piano Christmas</i>]

NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas

Sat., Dec. 10, 2011
Join the Kennedy Center and National Public Radio as top jazz pianists perform their favorite holiday songs, including NEA Jazz Master Barry Harris, Jason Moran, Eddie Palmieri, and up-and-comer Alfredo Rodriguez.


[Jane Monheit]

Jane Monheit

Sat., Dec. 17, 2011
"A sultry torch singer who makes decorous forays into improvisation" (The New York Times), Jane Monheit is one of the hottest singers in jazz since wowing judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition when she was only 20.


[A Jazz New Year's Eve: Patti Austin]

A Jazz New Year's Eve: Patti Austin

Sat., Dec. 31, 2011
Celebrate the final hours of 2011 with superstar entertainer Patti Austin and a six-piece band playing the works of Duke Ellington.


[KC Jazz Club: Grace Kelly Quintet with Special Guest Phil Woods: <i>Man with the Hat</i>]

KC Jazz Club: Grace Kelly Quintet with Special Guest Phil Woods: Man with the Hat

Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
Young saxophone phenom Grace Kelly returns to the Kennedy Center joined by her mentor, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Phil Woods. Throughout her career, Kelly has worked with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and many others.


[KC Jazz Club: Antonio Hart Organ Group featuring Bobby Floyd]

KC Jazz Club: Antonio Hart Organ Group featuring Bobby Floyd

Sat., Jan. 28, 2012
Alto saxophonist Antonio Hart--usually seen in the Center's larger theaters with the likes of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band--returns in a more intimate setting with Hammond B-3 organist Bobby Floyd.


[Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Aaron Diehl]

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Aaron Diehl

Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
Winner of the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, Aaron Diehl returns to the Kennedy Center following his tremendous 2008 solo Millennium Stage performance as part of the Jazz in DC celebration.


[Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Gregory Porter]

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Gregory Porter

Sat., Feb. 4, 2012
Soulful jazz vocalist Gregory Porter is making waves with his gospel-influenced baritone, tinged with an echo of Nat King Cole.


[KC Jazz Club: Nicholas Payton]

KC Jazz Club: Nicholas Payton

Fri., Feb. 10, 2012
Hailed as "abundantly gifted" by the New York Times, Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and New Orleans native Nicholas Payton makes his Kennedy Center debut with his own trio.


[KC Jazz Club: The Cookers]

KC Jazz Club: The Cookers

Sat., Feb. 11, 2012
Jazz veterans Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Victor Lewis, David Weiss, and Craig Handy forge a world-class union in their debut for the Kennedy Center as The Cookers.


[Dianne Reeves]

Dianne Reeves

Fri., Feb. 17, 2012
Four-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves, "the only jazz singer with a voice big enough to rival Sarah Vaughan's" (The New York Times), returns to the Center for a special jazz performance.


[Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Milton Suggs]

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Milton Suggs

Fri., Feb. 24, 2012
Baritone Milton Suggs has been described by DownBeat as a "commanding jazz vocalist." See why this 2010 alumnus of the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead professional training program is making waves with his debut CD Things to Come.


[KC Jazz Club: Aaron Parks]

KC Jazz Club: Aaron Parks

Sat., Feb. 25, 2012
A 24-year-old jazz piano prodigy turned professional musician, Aaron Parks is turning heads as he breaks out on his own as a leader with his debut CD, Invisible Cinema.


[Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes: <i>Double Portrait</i>]

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes: Double Portrait

Sat., Mar. 3, 2012
Husband-and-wife jazz pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes team up for two-piano, four-hand duets from their critically acclaimed Blue Note CD Double Portrait, one of the top 50 recordings in the 2010 JazzTimes critics' poll.


[KC Jazz Club: Catherine Russell]

KC Jazz Club: Catherine Russell

Fri., Apr. 13, 2012
Vocalist Catherine Russell returns to the Kennedy Center following her show-stopping appearance at the 2010 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival to perform her signature blend of jazz, blues, R&B, and soul.


[KC Jazz Club: Julian Lage Group]

KC Jazz Club: Julian Lage Group

Sat., Apr. 14, 2012
A Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso, Julian Lage returns with his band following his outstanding January 2010 performance with violinist Mark O'Connor celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.


[Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Cécile McLorin Salvant]

Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Fri., Apr. 27, 2012
Winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, Salvant's classic style has proven to be a vocal force in the jazz community. The Washington Post proclaims, Salvant's "marathon is just beginning."


[KC Jazz Club: Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project]

KC Jazz Club: Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project

Sat., Apr. 28, 2012
With a unique blend of jazz, salsa, Afro-Cuban and South American music, percussionist Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project create a "singularly multicultural musical experience" (Los Angeles Times).


[<i>Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival</i>]

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival

May 10 - 12, 2012
The 17th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival features today's top female jazz artists in three evening concerts. The Washington Post says the festival "speaks volumes about the contributions women have made to jazz."


The Kennedy Center

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Showcase

May 11 - 12, 2012
Witness the future of jazz in these FREE Millennium Stage concerts featuring some of the best emerging artists on the scene.


The Kennedy Center

DC Jazz Festival: Jazz Meets the Classics

Mon., Jun. 4, 2012, 7:30 PM
Jazz it up with Bach, Chopin, and Mozart, as NEA Jazz Master clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, Co-Artistic Director of the DC Jazz Festival, leads an all-star lineup in jazz interpretations of classical works.

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