Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, Thurs, January 10, 2013
Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour
featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green,
Lewis Nash, Chris Potter & Ambrose Akinmusire
Thursday, January 10
”… it was rapturous.” – The Boston Globe
Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour is a virtual Who’s Who list of today’s top jazz artists, featuring vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. pianist Benny Green, bassist/musical director Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash. Organized in celebration of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 55th anniversary, MJF On Tour extends the Festival’s tradition of putting together jazz artists from diverse styles. Musical director Christian McBride provides the framework on which these individual talents forge together an ensemble of mutual creativity. It’s a challenge that brings out the best in these top performers and the audiences love it.
Dee Dee Bridgewater is arguably the best of today’s vocalists. Her 1997 Grammy award-winning tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Ella, is an unparalleled love letter to Fitzgerald’s vocal work. Similar homages to the music of Horace Silver and Kurt Weill mark Bridgewater as an insightful interpreter of song. Her latest project, Eleanora Fagan: To Billie With Love From Dee Dee digs deep into vocalist Billie Holiday’s legacy. As musical director, bassist Christian McBride sets the musical agenda for MJF On Tour. From his first major gig, at 18, with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard, McBride has been the “first-call” bassist for a long line of greats, including Betty Carter, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and John McLaughlin. His latest recording, The Good Feeling, won a 2012 Grammy for best large jazz ensemble recoding, McBride’s first as a leader, third overall. Benny Green handles the piano duties with flawless, two-handed precision. An alumnus of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Green had “earned his stripes” with vocalist Betty Carter’s group before joining Blakey. After leaving the Jazz Messengers, Green toured with Freddie Hubbard. In 1993, he replaced Gene Harris in the Ray Brown Trio and, in 1997 Green re-established his solo career. His most recent CD, Monk’s Dream, pays special tribute to his favorite musical hero, Thelonious Monk. Chris Potter is simply one of the best saxophonists you’ll ever hear. He was second only to Sonny Rollins in Down Beat magazine’s 2008 Readers Poll. A longtime member of Dave Holland’s ensembles, Potter is known for his willingness to experiment in a variety of styles. His most recent CD, with his Underground band, a funk-oriented project, is called Follow The Red Line: Live At The Village Vanguard. Lewis Nash is certainly one of the most in-demand drummers among the jazz elite, having worked with Tommy Flanagan, Sonny Rollins, and Horace Silver. Like Christian and Benny, he is also a “graduate” of the “University of Betty Carter.” His imaginative, tasteful drumming can be heard on Stompin’ At The Savoy, the latest of his three recordings as a bandleader. Trumpeter-composer Ambrose Akinmusire is relentless in his individualism, a trait encouraged during his time with Five Elements saxophonist Steve Coleman. Like Benny Green, Akinmusire is a graduate of Berkeley High School who went on to play with some of the world’s finest jazz innovators at a relatively young age. His debut recording for Blue Note, When The Heart Emerges Glistening, is a tour de force, winning rave reviews throughout the jazz media.
Individually, these talented artists have few peers. Together, as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour celebration, they bring a fresh sense of playful creativity to the stage for a joyous evening of music. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime line-up.
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour
DATE: Thursday, January 10, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $30Adv $33/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227