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  • 21st Century Dizzy: Danilo Perez and Friends
  • Angelique Kidjo
  • Ann Hampton Callaway
  • Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway - Sibling Revelry
  • Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway in Boom!
  • Artie Shaw Orchestra
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Ashley Kahn: Spoken Moments
  • Barrence Whitfield And The Savages
  • Béla Fleck
  • Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
  • Béla Fleck / Zakir Hussain / Edgar Meyer
  • Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio
  • Bill Charlap
  • Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart
  • Billy Cobham
  • Blues At The Crossroads
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Chick Corea
  • Chick Corea & Gary Burton Duets
  • China Moses
  • Christian McBride
  • Corea, Clarke & White: Forever
  • Count Basie Orchestra
  • Danilo Perez
  • Dee Daniels
  • Dee Daniels - Great Ladies Of Swing
  • Dee Daniels - The Soul Of Ray Charles
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Del McCoury Band
  • Delfeayo Marsalis
  • Donny McCaslin
  • Dr. John
  • Dukes Of Dixieland
  • Ellis Marsalis
  • Ernie Watts
  • Fred Hersch
  • Gary Burton
  • Gary Burton Makoto Ozone Duets
  • Glen David Andrews
  • Harold Lopez-Nussa
  • Jack DeJohnette 70th Birthday Tour
  • Jack Jones
  • James Carter
  • James Cotton
  • Jane Monheit
  • Jason Marsalis
  • Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis
  • Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet
  • Jim Hall
  • Jimmy Heath
  • Jimmy Herring
  • John McLaughlin
  • John Pizzarelli
  • Jon Anderson
  • Julian Lage
  • Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
  • Lisa Fischer
  • Liz Callaway
  • Liz Callaway - The Beat Goes On
  • Liz Callaway - Tribute To Broadway
  • Lyle Mays
  • Madeleine Peyroux
  • Maria Schneider
  • Marian McPartland
  • Maureen McGovern
  • Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Michel Camilo
  • Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour 55th Anniversary
  • Omaha Diner
  • Oregon With Ralph Towner
  • Ornette Coleman
  • Pat Martino
  • Pat Metheny
  • Pat Metheny Group
  • Pat Metheny Orchestrion
  • Patti Austin
  • Patti Austin & Count Basie Orchestra
  • Pete Seeger
  • POEMJAZZ: Robert Pinsky & Laurence Hobgood
  • Poncho Sanchez
  • Quetzal
  • Ramsey Lewis
  • Ramsey Lewis and Ann Hampton Callaway
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • Red Baraat
  • Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
  • Rory Block
  • Roy Haynes
  • Royal Southern Brotherhood
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Simone
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Soul Rebels
  • Stacey Kent
  • Stanley Clarke
  • Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Duo
  • Terence Blanchard
  • TestTest
  • Tigran
  • Tinsley Ellis
  • Ute Lemper
  • Wintergatan
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • TKA Meets Symphony

    The Grammy winning "Africa’s premier diva" (Time Magazine) ANGELIQUE KIDJO performs some of her most famous songs arranged by conductor and composer Gast Waltzing. Arranged for 110 musicians, an 8-piece choir and a small combo of musicians, the renowned film composer Gast Waltzing brilliantly captures the energy and the intricacy of African rhythms in his arrangements of Angelique's music. For the first time the classical world joins with the warmth and beauty of African music. From the poignant adaptation of her classic Malaika to the irresistible groove of Afirika, Angelique brings audiences to its feet for multiple encores.

     

    ARTURO SANDOVAL is a world class, classical musician; he has performed with the foremost orchestras in the country as well as abroad. He performed the world premiere recording of the John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. His classical artistry has earned him the respect and admiration of the most prestigious conductors, composers, and symphony orchestras worldwide. Sandoval performs jazz pops concerts and has had many of his original Grammy award winning works, jazz “warhorses”, and many tunes we all know and love arranged for full symphony orchestra. Arturo Sandoval is a 9 time Grammy Award winner, 17 times nominated, 6 time Billboard Award winner, and Emmy Award Recipient.

     

    When CHICK COREA is the composer, making music for a combination of orchestral musicians and jazz musicians has endless possibilities. With the 2012 release of The Continents, Chick presents his ‘musical dream’, a new composition in the spirit of Mozart where jazz and classical converge into a globally inspired concerto for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra. Chick Corea is his most lyrical when vibes master Gary Burton joins him for Crystal Silence: Concerto for Piano, Vibes and Orchestra.

     

    One of the most dynamic and influential musicians of our time, DANILO PEREZ and his Grammy Award-winning piano trio present Across the Crystal Sea. All arrangements are by Claus Ogerman, who's arranging talents can be heard from the late, great Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Diana Krall, amongst others. Across the Crystal Sea is the latest chapter in Perez's extraordinary career as a pianist and bandleader who delivers a distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz covering the music of the Americas, folkloric and world music. The New York Times' Ben Ratliff writes that he is "a bold example of the musicological rethinking of jazz,” and fellow musician Wayne Shorter says that Perez "has all of the attributes of a performer, conductor, impresario and purveyor of musical expression greatly needed in these uncertain times.” Herbie Hancock says that Perez is "not afraid of anything.”

     

    Touted by the VILLAGE VOICE as “the most capable jazz singer of her generation, Grammy and Tony award-winning DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER is the gold-standard by which all divas are now measured. She is a total package entertainer, captivating audiences with her dynamic, sensual performances and her alluring bounty of charm. Her long list of credits includes work in radio, film, and theater. In 1997, Dee Dee earned two Grammy Awards for her self-produced Verve CD, Dear Ella. Her Live at Yoshi’s was also nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Dee Dee won a Tony Award for her work in The Wiz and an Olivier Award nomination for her work in the London run of Lady Day. She is currently host of National Public Radio’s JazzSet. Dee Dee’s repertoire runs the gamut from Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington, with style!

     

    Voted Best Jazz Pianist in 2011 for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Trio, FRED HERSCH has long since gone beyond jazz….To Monk and Bach Again Is an exciting program for jazz piano trio and chamber orchestra that features original arrangements and orchestrations. This evening of music includes Ravel, Debussy, Faure, Scriabin, Bach, Strayhorn, Bernstein, Monk and Hersch. “Hersch’s work has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers” (The New Yorker).

    Roberto Sierra, one of the best contemporary classical composers, heard a performance by jazz saxophone virtuoso JAMES CARTER and was so impressed that he offered to compose a sax concerto for him. Sierra is a native of Puerto Rico and brings a strong Latin feel to his often adventurous music. His offer to Carter came to fruition in a brilliant Emarcy release titled Caribbean Rhapsody: Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra. “An Epic Work.” (Digital Jazz Reviews).

     

    With a velvet voice that whispers to your soul, JANE MONHEIT’s silky phrasing and knack for storytelling has captivated the jazz and cabaret worlds, earning her two Grammy nominations. This classy evening of Great American Songbook classics includes hits like "Moon River," "When You Wish Upon a Star," and Monheit's signature "Over the Rainbow," among many more.

     

    After his recent smash success with the Boston Pops, JOHN PIZZARELLI was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Seattle Times called him “a tour de force” and “a rare entertainer of the old school using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto, and the songs of composers such as Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones. John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond.

     

    JON ANDERSON, the voice of progressive rock band, YES, presents a Greatest Hits show along with other self-penned work and the music of Vangelis. Jon performed this gem of a program with the Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra and garnered a lot of attention in the classical world.

     

    MADELEINE PEYROUX’s The Blue Room started out as Producer Larry Klein’s re-examination of Ray Charles’s classic, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, but soon incorporated much more. “Madeleine and I decided to branch out to other songs we love,” explains Klein, so alongside tunes from the original ABC Paramount project such as “Bye Bye Love,” “Born To Lose,” “You Don’t Know Me” and the anthemic “I Can’t Stop Loving You” are Randy Newman’s “Guilty,” Warren Zevon’s “Desperadoes Under The Eaves” and John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind.” The program of lush ballads is arranged for full string orchestra.

     

    Award winning composer and conductor MARIA SCHNEIDER was commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to write music set to the poems by the Brazilian poet, Carlos Drummond de Andrade for Chamber Orchestra and Soprano. The SPCO with vocalist Dawn Upshaw recently performed the music at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times called the work: "piercing and precise...pensive and restless...with soaring lyricism."

     

    Grammy Winning Conguro Master PONCHO SANCHEZ brings his mix of Latin jazz, swing, and salsa grooves to turn up the heat on the Symphony stage. There are touches of R&B and elements of soul, but the music is strictly his own with fluid rhythms and hypnotic percussion. Feel the beat with Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band, widely considered one of the most popular Latin jazz bands in the world. His 25+ year relationship with Concord has produced a plethora of award winning CD’s. , a Grammy Award and several Grammy nominations.

     

    For his inspirational Symphonic program, RAMSEY LEWIS has created an evening that harkens back to his huge forty something mega hit The In Crowd. Ramsey digs deep into his spiritual roots to bring some gospel energy and emotional songs to the fore. In another direction, the prolific piano master was commissioned by the Ravinia Festival to compose Proclamation of Hope—a sweeping, eight-movement jazz symphony to mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich called the piece “stirring… some of the most eloquent music of Lewis' career.”

     

    Five-time Grammy-Award Winning Composer TERENCE BLANCHARD and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Michael Cristofer’s world premiere of Champion, a co-commission with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Jazz St. Louis, is in June 2013. A Night At The Opera is arranged for Symphony Orchestra and Voice and is available for bookings in 2014-2015. Trumpeter Blanchard seamlessly swings between the worlds of jazz and motion picture scoring—having scored over 40 films, he is best known for his work with Film Directors Spike Lee, Kasi Lemmons and Ron Shelton. Jazz in Film highlights Blanchard and his Quintet, backed by Orchestra featuring renditions of various film selections from 1951 onward. Blanchard’s Grammy-winning A Tale of God’s Will, arranged for Jazz Quintet and Orchestra is a beautifully haunting and impassioned song-cycle about the physical and emotional ravages incurred upon the city of New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

     

    UTE LEMPER performs an array of works by Brel, Dietrich, Piaf and Brecht/Weill alongside jazz songs and musical theater cabaret, all specially arranged for Uté and orchestral accompaniment. The career of Uté Lemper is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert, and as a unique recording artist. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, the works of Kurt Weill and French chanson, and for her portrayals on Broadway, in Paris and in London’s West End. Uté Lemper offers Brecht and Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins in the original orchestra version on special request.

     

    BONJOUR PARIS Cole Porter said it best: “I love Paris in the Springtime…I love Paris every moment of the year! Produced by Maestra Sarah Hicks and Lilly Schwartz of The Minnesota Orchestra, the stunning debut of Bonjour Paris saw a sold out Orchestra Hall transformed into the City of Lights in a romantic celebration of Paris showcasing the best of French music and composers while saluting the artists who made these timeless classics famous. The repertoire includes the melodies of singers Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, composers Django Reinhardt and Michel Legrand, singers-songwriters Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg—and more!

     

    80’s REWIND Totally Awesome Hits of the Decade! A Symphonic explosion takes audiences back to the days of Pac-Man, Rubik’s Cubes and Valley Girls. Favorites of the era are re-scored on a grand scale. Hits by Madonna, Simple Minds, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and Phil Collins make for an evening of pure fun. “The audience couldn’t get enough; concert-goers belted out the songs from their seats, punched their fists in the air, and even swayed lighters during power ballads. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was the concert finale, but an encore performance of Van Halen’s “Jump” sent concert goers singing into the night.” (Minneapolis Post)

     

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