Jazz: 2012-2013 Season
DC Jazz Festival: Jazz Meets the Latin Classics
Fri., Jun. 14, 2013 | Buy Now
Conductor/saxophonist/clarinetist and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera leads an all-star ensemble in arranged works by Piazzolla, Lecuona, D'Rivera, and others.
KC Jazz Club: Mulgrew Miller Trio
Fri., Oct. 5, 2012
One of the premier groups in all of jazz, the Mulgrew Miller Trio has gained worldwide acclaim from fans and critics alike for their "exceptional harmonic diversity" (Los Angeles Times).
KC Jazz Club: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio featuring Jonathan Kreisberg & Jamire Williams
Sat., Oct. 6, 2012
A master of the Hammond B-3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith "can light up a room with visceral intensity or lay down some of the nastiest funk ever played on an organ" (JazzTimes). Smith returns to the Kennedy Center with his trio.
Supersized Jazz Club: An Acoustic Evening with Medeski Martin & Wood
Sat., Oct. 13, 2012, 9:30 PM
A genre-defying band that fits as comfortably in the jazz world as the jam band world, Medeski Martin & Wood features John Medeski on piano, Billy Martin on drums, and Chris Wood on bass.
KC Jazz Club: Anat Cohen Quartet
Fri., Oct. 19, 2012
Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, voted Clarinetist of the Year by DownBeat readers in 2010 and 2011, presents her own specialized take on jazz, combining modern jazz with classical music, Brazilian choro, and Argentine tango.
KC Jazz Club: The Heath Brothers: Jimmy & Tootie Heath
Sat., Oct. 20, 2012
Two landmark careers and giants of jazz in one family; legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath and ace hard bop drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath bring brotherly love to their innovative cross-genre playing.
KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon with Bill Frisell & Alicia Hall Moran
Fri., Oct. 26, 2012
Jason Moran, Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz, and The Bandwagon welcome two special guests: one of America's foremost jazz guitarists, Bill Frisell, and talented mezzo-soprano and jazz vocalist Alicia Hall Moran.
Kurt Elling in 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project
Sat., Oct. 27, 2012
Jazz vocalist and Grammy winner Kurt Elling returns to the Kennedy Center with a sparkling performance. As the Washington Post said, "Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic, or interesting."
KC Jazz Club: Lionel Loueke Trio
Fri., Nov. 2, 2012
Presenting an elegant mixture of Afropop and jazz, guitarist Lionel Loueke, hailing from the west African country of Benin, has collaborated closely with some of jazz's biggest stars, including Grammy Award winners Herbie Hancock and Esperanza Spalding.
KC Jazz Club: Roseanna Vitro and The Randy Newman Project, featuring Mark Soskin, Sara Caswell, Tim Horner, and Dean Johnson
Sat., Nov. 3, 2012
Vocalist Roseanna Vitro has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most gifted singers" and "a first-rate improviser determined to use her voice with the same musical breath and density with which instrumentalists use their horns."
Election Night Jam with Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
Tue., Nov. 6, 2012, 6:00 PM
Who will win? We don't know, so why not join the jazz party and spend Election Night with Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran & The Bandwagon? Moran is prepared to deliver a night of "joyful delirium" (The New York Times).
An Evening of Comedy & Music hosted by David Alan Grier with Jason Moran and The Big Bandwagon, Faizon Love, and Marina Franklin
Sun., Nov. 11, 2012, 7:00 PM
From stand-up to Broadway, David Alan Grier has a remarkable range of talents that will be showcased when he teams up with Kennedy Center Jazz Artistic Advisor Jason Moran for a night of laughs and unforgettable music.
KC Jazz Club: Discovery Artist: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Fri., Nov. 16, 2012
Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodríguez's early and deserved success lies in his "grace under pressure and talent for finding emotional truth in the split-second fall of a piano key" (Los Angeles Times).
KC Jazz Club: Carl Allen Quartet
Sat., Nov. 17, 2012
The Washington Post praises Carl Allen, "a physical, hard swinging drummer of the Art Blakey school--[for pushing] his band mates to abandon their cool reserve so they can testify as if shouting out in church."
Danilo Pérez Trio
Fri., Nov. 30, 2012, 7:30 PM
Panamanian Danilo Pérez, a pianist who recalls both Dizzy and Monk, has played with jazz greats Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, and Wynton Marsalis. A jazz great himself, Pérez returns to the Kennedy Center with his trio.
KC Jazz Club: Discovery Artist: Christie Dashiell Quartet
Fri., Dec. 7, 2012
Vocalist and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead alum Christie Dashiell returns to the Kennedy Center off of a hot run on NBC's hit The Sing-Off, as part of the Howard University jazz/pop a cappella ensemble Afro Blue.
NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas
Sat., Dec. 8, 2012
Join the Kennedy Center and National Public Radio for this annual treat when top jazz pianists--including NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Geri Allen, and Taylor Eigsti--and other artists perform their favorite holiday songs.
KC Jazz Club: Nnenna Freelon
Fri., Dec. 14, 2012
A multiple Grammy nominee and frequent Billboard Jazz Chart-topper, Nnenna Freelon "makes each song such a personal statement that they all seem fresh and new" (USA Today).
Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet with special guest Jason Moran
Sat., Dec. 15, 2012, 7:30 PM
Virtuosic and avant-garde saxophonist Anthony Braxton returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time in 20 years to make his Kennedy Center debut as a leader along with the Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet and special guest Jason Moran.
A Jazz New Year's Eve: Freddy Cole & the Dizzy Gillespie™ All-Star Big Band
Mon., Dec. 31, 2012
2012 goes out with a bang when singer/pianist Freddy Cole and the Dizzy Gillespie™ All-Star Big Band, a reverential supergroup, usher in 2013.
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet
Sat., Jan. 26, 2013
Grammy Award–winning pianist Eddie Palmieri returns to the Kennedy Center with his Latin Jazz Septet. A titan of Latin Jazz, Palmieri "effortlessly links the salsa dura of his 1960s heyday to hard bop and beyond" (The Guardian).
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter, and Ambrose Akinmusire
Fri., Feb. 1, 2013
One of the country's longest-running and most-prestigious jazz events, The Monterey Jazz Festival brings top musicians to the Kennedy Center on tour.
KC Jazz Club: Discovery Artist: Kris Bowers
Sat., Feb. 2, 2013
Winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition Award, Kris Bowers has already shown tremendous versatility at the ripe age of 22, studying under Kenny Barron and performing on Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne.
KC Jazz Club: Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts: An Attitude for Gratitude
Fri., Feb. 8, 2013
Drummer, comedian, and entertainer Matt Wilson's aptly named ensemble creatively "pulls off fascinating improvisations with pure, unfiltered emotion" (JazzTimes).
KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
Sat., Feb. 9, 2013
Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran, "the most provocative thinker in current jazz" (Rolling Stone), comes home to perform with The Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.
Nordic Cool 2013: Olli Hirvonen Quartet
Fri., Feb. 22, 2013
Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen's quartet has been the main outlet of his creative vision since 2008.
Nordic Cool 2013: Tord Gustavsen Ensemble
Sun., Mar. 3, 2013, 7:30 PM
Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, led by the pianist, has been a solid fixture on the Norwegian jazz scene for many years. The Guardian describes his sound as "meditative but subtly gospel-tinged."
Nordic Cool 2013: Caroline Henderson
Thu., Mar. 7, 2013
Danish vocalist Caroline Henderson's joie de vivre, passion, and uncompromising attitude were always the driving forces behind her career, making her a true diva of jazz.
Nordic Cool 2013: Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio
Fri., Mar. 8, 2013
Proclaimed an "impressive newcomer" by the Village Voice, Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs and her Trio bridge the Brooklyn/Reykjavik jazz divide by combining the elegance of the European approach with a fiery New York drive.
Nordic Cool 2013: Jacob Anderskov's Agnostic Revelations
Sat., Mar. 9, 2013
Danish pianist, composer, and bandleader Jacob Anderskov has performed all over the world and previously wowed D.C. audiences with his "edgy, evocative compositions" (JazzTimes).
Jack DeJohnette 70th Birthday Tour
Sat., Mar. 16, 2013
"One of the most important musicians in the last 40 years of jazz" (The New York Times), NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award–winning drummer Jack DeJohnette will be joined by a number of his friends for a celebration of this milestone.
Charles Lloyd Birthday Celebration
Fri., Mar. 22, 2013, 8:00 PM
The Kennedy Center celebrates saxophonist Charles Lloyd with a star-studded concert, featuring Jason Moran and special guests. Over his career, Lloyd has played with some of the most talented musicians of our day, from Cannonball Adderly to the Doors.
Supersized Jazz Club: Fats Waller Dance Party featuring Meshell Ndegeocello
Fri., Apr. 5, 2013, 9:30 PM
Celebrating Fats Waller's achievements in stride piano, Jason Moran, Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz, and vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello reinstate jazz's original position in American life: dance music.
Supersized Jazz Club: Soulive
Sat., Apr. 6, 2013, 9:30 PM
The future of funk is in the good hands of brothers Neal and Alan Evans and guitarist Eric Krasno. Known for their "collegiality and jubilation" (The New York Times), the trio makes their Kennedy Center debut.
KC Jazz Club: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
Fri., Apr. 12, 2013
The youngest son of the indelible Marsalis family and a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, drummer Jason Marsalis, along with his brothers and father "comprise New Orleans's venerable first family of jazz" (All About Jazz).
The New Orleans Bingo! Show
Featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
with GIVERS and Big Freedia
Sat., Apr. 13, 2013, 8:30 PM
A curious spectacle, a thrilling phenomenon, and one of the very finest entertainments on the theatrical stage today, The New Orleans Bingo! Show has "drive, and funk, and…youth" (The New York Times).
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland
Sat., Apr. 27, 2013
With more than a dozen Grammy nominations between them and two won for Holland's ensemble work, pianist Kenny Barron and double bassist Dave Holland team up for a radically good night of jazz.
KC Jazz Club: Fred Hersch & Julian Lage
Fri., May 3, 2013
Pianist Fred Hersch–"singular among the trailblazers of their art" (The New York Times)–and guitarist Julian Lage–"a giant in the making" (All About Jazz)–pair up for an unforgettable night of jazz.
Bobby McFerrin: spirityouall
Mon., May 13, 2013, 7:00 PM
Bobby McFerrin and his band re-imagine Americana with beloved spirituals and original songs, raising the roof with joyful grooves.
Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival
May 16 - 18, 2013
The 18th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival features today's top jazz artists over three nights. The Washington Post says the festival "speaks volumes about the contributions women have made to jazz."
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