Piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson has influenced the most celebrated jazz artists in the world. In honor of what would have been Oscar’s 90th birthday in 2015, his widow Kelly Peterson created an “extraordinarily beautiful” (The Los Angeles Times) tribute to her late husband by recording some of the world’s greatest jazz pianists performing Oscar’s rarely heard compositions. Now this tribute to a towering icon comes to Symphony Center with a star-studded lineup of astonishing talent.

Note: Due to speaker placement for this event, patrons in the Terrace will not experience the same high quality of sound as in other areas of Orchestra Hall.


Kenny Barron piano
Robi Botos piano
Bill Charlap piano
Benny Green piano
Ramsey Lewis piano
Renee Rosnes piano
Dave Young bass
Céline Peterson narrator

Apr 21

Charles Lloyd and the Marvels / Tomeka Reid Quartet

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, April 21, 2017

Iconic jazz artist and 2015 NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd returns to Symphony Center with his recently assembled collection of stalwart musicians, including guitarist Bill Frisell, whose refined, textural style of playing has influenced generations. “Charles Lloyd and his aptly named band The Marvels keep melody in the foreground. That's not exactly jazz business as usual. But listen to where it leads—to music that evokes an uncommon state of grace” (NPR). The concert opens with remarkable Chicago cellist Tomeka Reid, the Chicago Tribune’s 2015 Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz, who brings her quartet for an SCP Jazz series debut.


Charles Lloyd saxophone and flute
Bill Frisell guitar
Greg Leisz pedal steel guitar
Reuben Rogers bass
Eric Harland drums

Tomeka Reid Quartet
Tomeka Reid cello
Jason Roebke bass
Mary Halvorson guitar
Tomas Fujiwara drums

“A superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like” (The New York Times), the SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star ensemble of exceptional talent. For this concert, the group embraces one of the greatest legends of them all, Miles Davis, in a program of fresh arrangements of popular Davis works and new commissions inspired by the “Prince of Darkness.” Jazz violin virtuoso Regina Carter returns to Symphony Center with a celebration of her biggest musical inspiration, the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. “Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring…taking the listener into the future of jazz” (Time).


Regina Carter
Regina Carter violin

SFJAZZ Collective
Miguel Zenón alto saxophone and flute
David Sánchez tenor saxophone
Sean Jones trumpet
Robin Eubanks trombone
Warren Wolf, Jr. vibes
Edward Simon piano
Matt Penman bass
Obed Calvaire drums

“No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing.” (Chicago Tribune). Multi-instrumentalist and trumpet virtuoso Nicholas Payton hails from New Orleans and has toured nationally since the age of 12. His forthcoming album Afro-Caribbean Mixtape draws on a global array of beats and melodies, creating a dynamic sound that is all his own. Opening this electrifying evening are two of the most versatile and distinguished jazz musicians: Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash.

Due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, Terence Blanchard has been forced to cancel the SCP Jazz series performance with his E-Collective. The concert will now feature Nicholas Payton & Afro-Caribbean Mixtape.


Steve Wilson - Lewis Nash Duo
Steve Wilson saxophones
Lewis Nash drums

Nicholas Payton & Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
Nicholas Payton trumpet, fender rhodes, and clavinet
Braylon Lacy bass
Joe Dyson drums
Daniel Sadownick percussion
DJ Lady Fingaz turntable

Jun 2

New Fables: Muldrow, Moran and Mingus

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, June 2, 2017

Jason Moran is “a brilliant, risk taking pianist, whose compositions have earned him a reputation as ‘the future of jazz’” (The Philadelphia Tribune). He returns with his trio The Bandwagon and brings Georgia Anne Muldrow, aka Jyoti, an artist “whose spirit of independence has scattered her presence over as many contexts as her psychedelic, jazz inflected neo-soul sensibility can carry her” (Pitchfork). They collaborate on an exploration of the blues influences of jazz great Charles Mingus and perform works inspired by some of his seminal compositions, including Blues & Roots, Better Get It In Yo’ Soul and the politically charged Fables of Faubus.


Georgia Anne Muldrow vocals

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon
Jason Moran piano
Tarus Mateen bass
Nasheet Waits drums


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