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Jazz: 2014-2015 Season

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  • [The Crossroads Club: Mehliana featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana.] The Crossroads Club: Mehliana featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana

    Sat., Oct. 4, 2014
    Mehliana pairs world-renowned pianist Brad Mehldau, performing on Fender Rhodes and an arsenal of vintage synthesizers, with acclaimed percussionist Mark Guiliana on drums and effects.

  • [Muhal Richard Abrams.] Muhal Richard Abrams

    Fri., Oct. 10, 2014, 7:30 PM
    NEA Jazz Master pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams and his group make a rare DC appearance.

  • [SFJAZZ Collective.] SFJAZZ Collective

    Fri., Oct. 17, 2014
    Launched by SFJAZZ--the West Coast's largest nonprofit jazz institution--the SFJAZZ Collective is one of today's hottest all-star ensembles, performing original works and arrangements of compositions by Joe Henderson.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith.] KC Jazz Club: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

    Sat., Oct. 18, 2014
    Saxophonist Craig Handy makes his Kennedy Center debut as leader with music from his recently released album, which reinterprets, in New Orleans style, ten numbers made famous by Jimmy Smith, the father of the modern jazz organ.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators.] KC Jazz Club: Louis Hayes Jazz Communicators

    Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
    A legendary drummer who began playing with groups fronted by Cannonball Adderley and Oscar Peterson in the 1950s and '60s, Louis Hayes brings his Jazz Communicators for an evening of vibrant, creative music.

  • [KC Jazz Club: The Pedrito Martinez Group.] KC Jazz Club: The Pedrito Martinez Group

    Sat., Nov. 1, 2014
    Led by the conga master and a major new voice in Afro-Cuban music, the Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria.

  • [Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Katie Ernst: <i>Little Words</i>.] Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Katie Ernst: Little Words

    Fri., Nov. 7, 2014
    Chicago bassist, vocalist, and composer Katie Ernst presents song settings of Dorothy Parker poetry from her newest recording project, Little Words, as well as original compositions and arrangements.

  • [KC Jazz Club: George Cables Songbook featuring Victor Lewis.] KC Jazz Club: George Cables Songbook featuring Victor Lewis

    Sat., Nov. 8, 2014
    Join in the celebration for the 70th birthday of acclaimed jazz pianist George Cables, whose innovative style and fresh interpretations of classic compositions have fueled his career for more than 50 years.

  • [Lou Donaldson Quartet.] Lou Donaldson Quartet

    Fri., Nov. 14, 2014, 7:30 PM
    Experience the soulful groove of NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Lou Donaldson and his quartet in a Terrace Theater performance highlighting his distinctive blues-drenched sound.

  • [KC Jazz Club: Mary Stallings and the Eric Reed Trio.] KC Jazz Club: Mary Stallings and the Eric Reed Trio

    Sat., Nov. 15, 2014
    "Perhaps the best jazz singer alive today" (The New York Times), the soulful Mary Stallings is joined by phenomenal pianist Eric Reed, with whom she has worked for many years.

  • [Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring Allan Harris and Dee Alexander.] Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring Allan Harris and Dee Alexander

    Sat., Dec. 6, 2014
    Under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, the group performs big band jazz standards featuring vocalists Allan Harris and Dee Alexander. The evening includes repertoire made famous by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Washington, among others.

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

    Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
    Join the Kennedy Center and NPR as top jazz pianists perform their favorite holiday songs with master Harold Mabern, newcomer Kris Davis, and Washington, D.C. favorites Lynne Arriale and Cyrus Chestnut.

  • [Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio.] Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio

    Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
    Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana, winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the first female instrumentalist to take first prize in the event's history, leads her own band.

  • [Megan Hilty's <i>A Kennedy Center Christmas</i>.] Megan Hilty's A Kennedy Center Christmas

    Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
    One night only! Back by popular demand, the "new princess of Broadway" (Time Magazine) returns to perform a combination of Christmas favorites and classics from the Great American Songbook.

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