Oct 12

Ahmad Jamal

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, October 12, 2018

Ahmad Jamal’s prolific career has spanned seven decades since his landmark album At the Pershing: But Not for Me—recorded at the Pershing Hotel in Chicago—attracted the attention of Miles Davis and launched him to international fame. Jamal’s sound continues to evolve on his funky and spacious latest album, Marseille.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Nov 2

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Roy Hargrove

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, November 2, 2018

One of the most highly esteemed saxophonists performing today, NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis and his quartet play with a seemingly telepathic connection to one another. They return to Symphony Center with special guest trumpeter Roy Hargrove, whose bold and flexible tone has made him a star since his emergence in the early 1990s.

In an SCP commission commemorating the centennial of the World War I Armistice, Chicago contemporary ragtime pianist and composer Reginald R. Robinson will present a tribute to James Reese Europe, whose 369th Regiment “Hellfighters” first brought black American music to France during the war.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Branford Marsalis Quartet
Branford Marsalis saxophones
Roy Hargrove trumpet and flugelhorn
Joey Calderazzo piano
Eric Revis bass
Justin Faulkner drums

Reginald R. Robinson celebrates the great James Reese Europe
Reginald R. Robinson piano

Feb 1

Joshua Redman Quartet — Anat Cohen Tentet

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, February 1, 2019

Saxophonist Joshua Redman’s strong tone and fluid approach match his wide palette of styles. Since his first album in 1993, which was soon followed by his first Orchestra Hall appearance in 1995, he has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians on everything from hard bop to jazz standards.

Israel-born clarinetist Anat Cohen brings elements of swing to a musical vision that embraces sounds from Brazil, Africa and the Middle East. With a tentet of horns, strings and percussion, Cohen expands on this sound and her global musical journey. This performance will include a Symphony Center co-commission of a concerto for solo clarinet and ensemble by Cohen’s longtime colleague Oded Lev-Ari.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Joshua Redman Quartet
Joshua Redman saxophones
Aaron Goldberg piano
Reuben Rogers bass
Gregory Hutchinson drums

Anat Cohen Tentet
Anat Cohen clarinet

Inspired by the musical life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer Ralph Ellison, Jazz in the Key of Ellison is a multimedia concert featuring music by Ellison’s favorite artists including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and Thelonious Monk. This star-led evening includes Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton, R&B and jazz vocalist Will Downing, iconic Labelle singer Nona Hendryx and 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz vocal competition winner Quiana Lynell with the Andy Farber Jazz Orchestra.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Will Downing vocals
Nona Hendryx vocals
Quiana Lynell vocals
Nicholas Payton trumpet
Andy Farber Jazz Orchestra

Enjoy a night of Latin jazz featuring two generations of Cuban masters. In his Symphony Center debut, 14-time Grammy® Award-winning clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, a co-founder of the landmark ensemble Irakere, performs with his masterful quintet. 

World-class Afro-Cuban hand percussionist Pedrito Martinez and Alfredo Rodríguez, a classically trained pianist and protégé of producer Quincy Jones, form a lively duo, exploring Cuban dance through a modern jazz lens.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Paquito D'Rivera Quintet
Paquito D'Rivera clarinet and saxophone

Pedrito Martinez & Alfredo Rodriguez Duo
Alfredo Rodríguez piano
Pedrito Martinez drums

Returning to Symphony Center in a special performance featuring influential guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and the group's new pianist Orrin Evans, The Bad Plus draws from a wide range of influences to create compelling original songs and reinventions of hits by artists such as Blondie, Nirvana and Black Sabbath. 

José James’ smooth baritone voice and coolly assertive delivery have made him “one of the suavest vocal improvisers on the scene” (Pitchfork). He makes his Symphony Center debut with a tribute to superstar R&B singer-songwriter Bill Withers.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

The Bad Plus
Orrin Evans piano
Reid Anderson bass
David King drums
Kurt Rosenwinkel guitar

Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers
José James vocals

The 25th anniversary of the Symphony Center Presents Jazz series celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival by bringing this touring ensemble of today’s young all-stars to our stage. Two-time Grammy® Award-winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, called “the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade” by The New York Times, returns to Symphony Center to star alongside Chilean-born saxophonist Melissa Aldana, trumpeter and singer-songwriter Bria Skonberg, and drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross. Musical director and pianist Christian Sands leads this incredible ensemble from one of the world’s greatest jazz festivals.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Cécile McLorin Salvant vocals
Melissa Aldana tenor saxophone
Yasushi Nakamura bass
Bria Skonberg trumpet
Jamison Ross drums
Christian Sands musical director and piano

May 3

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, May 3, 2019

Iconic keyboardist, composer and bandleader Chick Corea, a 22-time Grammy® Award-winner and NEA Jazz Master, teams up with banjo innovator Béla Fleck, himself a 14-time Grammy® Award-winner, for a collaboration between two globally minded virtuosos. Through their compositions, the duo’s combined love for jazz, bluegrass and flamenco shines through.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

May 24

Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, May 24, 2019

Pianist Jason Moran, a 2010 MacArthur Fellow with a command of jazz history that seems to flow from his fingertips, returns to Symphony Center for a performance of Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration, a Symphony Center Presents Jazz series premiere. For this ambitious project, Moran and his wife, mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, weave together a broad spectrum of musical styles to tell the story of the African-Americans who relocated from the South and how their journey shaped American culture.

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Jason Moran piano
Alicia Hall Moran mezzo-soprano
Pastor Smokie Norful piano and vocals
Imani Winds
Kenwood Academy Jazz Band
Joseph Joubert musical director
Additional Artists to be Announced

Jun 7

Wayne Shorter Quartet

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, June 7, 2019

NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter is one of the most revered saxophonists and influential jazz composers of all time. His signature tone and improvisational genius stand at the center of his quartet, which has been performing together for more than 18 years. Of their last performance at Symphony Center, the Chicago Tribune said “These weren't straightforward renditions of a band’s working repertory so much as occasions for crafting abstract portraits in sound.”

To be announced from stage.

Performers

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