Jazz: 2013-2014 Season
KC Jazz Club: Grace Kelly
Fri., Oct. 4, 2013 | On Sale 8/7/13
A virtuosic musician and songwriter who has "intelligence, wit, and feeling" in her music according to jazz great Wynton Marsalis, saxophonist Grace Kelly has a growing list of triumphs, including four ASCAP Foundation's Young Jazz Composers Awards.
Cecil Taylor, Solo Piano
With Jason Moran
Sat., Oct. 5, 2013, 7:30 PM | On Sale 8/7/13
A pioneer of free jazz, NEA Jazz Master Cecil Taylor offers a solo piano and poetry performance showcasing his brilliance as an artistic philosopher, with pianist Jason Moran providing an opening set. Produced in association with Jill Newman Productions.
ACS: Allen, Carrington, Spalding
Fri., Oct. 11, 2013 | On Sale 8/7/13
Formed out of their work together on Carrington's Grammy-winning album The Mosaic Project, ACS gathers three of the most important female instrumentalists in jazz: pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist Esperanza Spalding.
KC Jazz Club: Winard Harper and Jeli Posse
Fri., Oct. 18, 2013 | On Sale 8/7/13
KC Jazz Club: Javon Jackson, We Four: Celebrating John Coltrane, with Jimmy Cobb
Sat., Oct. 19, 2013 | On Sale 8/7/13
Saxophonist Javon Jackson combines talents with legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb for an original project highlighting the immortal music of saxophonist and composer John Coltrane.
KC Jazz Club: Curtis Fuller Brasstet
Fri., Nov. 1, 2013 | On Sale 8/7/13
Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars
Sat., Nov. 2, 2013 | On Sale 8/7/13
Showcasing the intricacies of the authentic Django Reinhardt style, the Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars return featuring guitar virtuoso Dorado Schmitt.
KC Jazz Club: Jazzmeia Horn: The Artistry of Jazz Horn
Fri., Nov. 8, 2013 | On Sale 8/7/13
KC Jazz Club: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
Sat., Nov. 9, 2013 | On Sale 8/7/13
Something to Sing About: Kathleen Battle, soprano
with Cyrus Chestnut, piano
Fri., Nov. 15, 2013, 8:00 PM | On Sale 8/7/13
Soprano Kathleen Battle, whose voice has been called "one of the very few most beautiful in the world" (Washington Post), joins forces with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to perform music by Gershwin, Ellington, Joplin, and others.
NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas
Sat., Dec. 7, 2013 | On Sale 9/10/13
Join the Kennedy Center and NPR as top jazz pianists perform their favorite holiday songs in a program hosted by Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran.
50 Years: The Life, Passion, and Music of Arturo Sandoval
Sat., Dec. 14, 2013, 8:00 PM | On Sale 10/2/13
To mark his 50th year as a performer, trumpet master Arturo Sandoval is joined for a one-night-only concert with an all-star cast of friends and colleagues: Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Bill Cosby, Andy Garcia, Pat Metheny, and Doc Severinsen.
A Jazz New Year's Eve: Straighten Up and Fly Right, The Nat King Cole Tribute with Ramsey Lewis & John Pizzarelli
Tue., Dec. 31, 2013 | On Sale 9/10/13
Ring in 2014 with NEA Jazz Master pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli as they pay homage to Nat King Cole, whose smoky, smooth vocals spawned a long string of solid hits starting with "Straighten Up And Fly Right."
Supersized Jazz Club: Roy Hargrove's RH Factor
Sat., Jan. 18, 2014 | On Sale 10/2/13
Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove brings his progressive jazz ensemble the RH Factor to the Supersized Jazz Club in a high-energy performance combining soul, jazz, funk, and hip-hop.
KC Jazz Club: Oscar Peñas
Fri., Feb. 7, 2014 | On Sale 12/4/13
Spanish jazz guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas makes his KC Jazz Club debut playing his unique style of music that has been described as "transnational cool," fusing traditional jazz with hints of flamenco and South American grooves.
KC Jazz Club: Frédéric Yonnet
Sat., Feb. 8, 2014 | On Sale 12/4/13
Ann Hampton Callaway
Fri., Feb. 14, 2014 | On Sale 12/4/13
Spend Valentine's Day with singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, who is known for her sparkling jazz renditions from the Great American Songbook, and her clever, contemporary originals.
KC Jazz Club: Kimberly Thompson Quartet
Fri., Feb. 21, 2014 | On Sale 12/4/13
KC Jazz Club: Cedar Walton
Sat., Feb. 22, 2014 | On Sale 12/4/13
KC Jazz Club: Gerald Clayton Trio
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014 | On Sale 12/4/13
KC Jazz Club: Jamison Ross and Joy Ride
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014 | On Sale 12/4/13
An alumnus of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, drummer Jamison Ross, winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition, returns to the Kennedy Center with his band Joy Ride.
KC Jazz Club: The Revive Big Band
Sat., Apr. 5, 2014 | On Sale 2/5/14
With a contemporary groove housed in a traditional jazz context, New York's Revive Big Band led by trumpeter Igmar Thomas blends original works flavored with hip-hop, R&B, and sampled jazz recordings.
KC Jazz Club: Kevin Mahogany
Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 | On Sale 2/5/14
Vocalist Kevin Mahogany returns to the Kennedy Center with a blues-heavy set celebrating his 20-year career as an artist with a gift for bebop, ballads, blues, and swinging jazz.
Terence Blanchard Quintet
Fri., May 9, 2014 | On Sale 2/5/14
A multi-Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and Blue Note artist, Terence Blanchard returns to the Center with his quintet for the first time in three years to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records.
Supersized Jazz Club: Robert Glasper
Sat., May 10, 2014 | On Sale 2/5/14
Grammy-winning hip-hop jazz pianist Robert Glasper brings his spontaneous spirit of adventure and experimentation to the Kennedy Center in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records.
Blue Note at 75, The Concert
Sun., May 11, 2014, 7:00 PM | On Sale 2/5/14
As the culminating event of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, artists from the iconic label's roster perform: Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, and Jason Moran, among others.
19th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival
May 23 - 24, 2014 | On Sale 2/5/14
Celebrate the life, legacy, and career of legendary pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams with the Kennedy Center's 19th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.
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