Jan 27

Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, January 27, 2017

Acclaimed saxophonist Branford Marsalis comes from one of the world’s most distinguished musical families. His world-class quartet, known for its innovative spirit and “knockout punch brand of blowtorch Coltrane intensity” (San Jose Mercury News), joins forces with Kurt Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time” (The New York Times). Don’t miss this unprecedented collaboration of outstanding talent and versatility that promises to be anything but standard.

$65 Stage Seats are now on sale! Please call 312-294-3000 to order.

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.


Mar 1

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns for another stellar evening at Symphony Center. Don’t miss musical icon Wynton Marsalis leading one of the world’s greatest jazz bands in unforgettable performances of original tunes and classic selections. “You know it’s a good gig when you can’t tell if the band or the audience is having more fun” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

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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.

Mar 17

Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo and Monk

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, March 17, 2017

Join us at Symphony Center for a joyful celebration of the centennial birthdays of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk, all born in the glorious year of 1917. Musical Director and former Gillespie pianist Danilo Pérez has gathered together some of these icons’ greatest musical acolytes to pay homage to the quintessential jazz artists of the 20th century and their timeless music.


Danilo Pérez musical director and piano
Chris Potter saxophones
Avishai Cohen trumpet
Wycliffe Gordon trombone
Ben Street bass
Adam Cruz drums
Roman Diaz percussion
Lizz Wright vocals

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 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

One of jazz's boldest performers, Terence Blanchard has been called “a trumpeter of expressive urgency and a composer of expansive vision" (The New York Times). His stylistically adventurous compositions include scores to several Spike Lee films, including Malcolm X, Inside Man and the Hurricane Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke. Blanchard journeys into another jazz realm with his new quintet, The E-Collective—an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues. Opening this electrifying evening is two of the most versatile and distinguished jazz musicians: Steve Wilson and Lewis Nash.


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

Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective
Terence Blanchard trumpet
Charles Altura guitar
Fabian Almazan piano and keyboards
Donald Ramsey bass
Oscar Seaton drums

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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