Annalisa and Zen Poets
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Annalisa and Zen Poets

Annalisa is a lauded saxophonist, composer, arranger, and founder of the euphonious force that is Zen Poets. Her prodigious playing is matched by an uncanny ability to pen imaginative, fiery, and yet, sweet-sounding jazz that has earned her the praise of DownBeat magazine and national notoriety as a forward-looking composer. Together with Zen Poets, her remarkable originals are buoyed by likeminded and accomplished players with the shared intention of familiarizing ears with the exquisiteness of unanticipated phrases.

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  • Annalise Stalls, saxophone

  • Jasmine Best, drums

  • Aaron Gross, bass

  • Gabriel Dansereau, guitar

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Ernest Turner Trio
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Ernest Turner Trio

A brilliant career spanning twenty years recently surged ever higher with the release of My Americana: a courageous ode to the African-American songbook that imbues Ernest Turner’s contemplative flair into Stevie Wonder’s “If it’s Magic” and Thomas A. Dorsey’s “Precious Lord,” and homes them next to inspired originals. The result is an unquestionable masterpiece from a virtuosic pianist who has played alongside or recorded with Raphael Saadiq, Delfeayo Marsalis, John Legend, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

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  • Ernest Turner, piano

  • Jeremy “Bean” Clemons, drums

  • Kevin Beardsley, bass

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Brian Horton Quartet with special guest Mavis Swan Poole
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Brian Horton Quartet with special guest Mavis Swan Poole

Distinguished by the honeyed hum of his inimitable playing, Brian Horton’s cerebral compositions are regularly cited by ethnomusicologists, featured in films by notable documentarians, and studied by aspiring jazz masters. A peerless composer and saxophone maestro, Horton thoughtfully crafts warming melodies that make him a favorite of purists and casual listeners alike. Horton is joined by Mavis Swan Poole, the revered vocalist that legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller unequivocally deemed “Little Ella.” 

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Shaquim Muldrow Quartet
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Shaquim Muldrow Quartet

A rising star whose emotive playing is colored by a velvet tone and ingenious phrasing, Shaquim Muldrow embodies Sonny Rollins’ effortless cool and Don Byas’ buoyant stride. The dazzling tenor saxophonist freewheels through improvised solos with a mesmeric flair, interspersing technical prowess and nonconformist ideas throughout. By all accounts, it won’t be long before the star is aligned with his trajectory.

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  • Shaquim Muldrow, tenor saxophone

  • Eric Williams, trumpet

  • Dwayne Jordan, drums

  • Chris Sharp, bass

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Shana Tucker & Brian Horton present 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Shana Tucker & Brian Horton present 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'

Shana Tucker & Brian Horton reimagine the quintessential ballad jazz recording John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman with a full-length retelling that embraces definitive standards including “Lush Life,” “They Say it’s Wonderful,” and “My One and Only Love.” With Tucker deftly navigating the iconic balladeer’s romantic baritone, and Horton’s signature warmth striding in step as a modern-day Trane, the idyllic pair add nuance to one of love’s essential soundtracks.

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  • Shana Tucker, vocals and cello

  • Brian Horton, saxophone

  • Christian Tamburr, piano

  • Kobie Watkins, drums

  • William Ledbetter, bass

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The Christian Tamburr Quartet featuring Kate McGarry
Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Christian Tamburr Quartet featuring Kate McGarry

Christian Tamburr is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, pianist, composer, and arranger with an awe-inspiring resume spanning sixty-seven countries and regular performances at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Newport Jazz Festival. The stellar vibraphonist is a five-time “Critics Choice Top Rising Star” who DownBeat magazine has honored with its “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performance” award. Tamburr’s astonishing career includes tenancies as Musical Director and Pianist for Latin vocal legend Julio Iglesias, Cirque du Soleil in Macau China, Landau Eugene Murphy, and Penn & Teller; playing vibraphone alongside pianist Dave Brubeck and as a featured solo percussionist with Michael Feinstein; and performing live at private events for Michael Jordan and Julia Roberts. 

After two Grammy nominations (2019 and 2009) for Best Jazz Vocal Album and six critically acclaimed releases, Kate McGarry is widely recognized as an incomparable jazz artist whose voice is “heartfelt, intelligent, and unforgettable” (All About Jazz). Her many extraordinary accomplishments include appearances on Piano JazzAll Things ConsideredJazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater, performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Birdland, Newport Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Fest, and Jazz Baltica. Along the way, McGarry’s outsized talent has empowered her to perform, record, or tour with a host of lauded jazz luminaries including Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Archie Shepp, Fred Hersch, Kurt Elling, Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, and Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown.

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  • Christian Tamburr, vibes

  • Scott Giddens, piano

  • Billy Thornton, bass

  • Kobie Watkins, drums

  • Kate McGarry, vocals

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Ariel Pocock Quartet
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Ariel Pocock Quartet

Ariel Pocock is a pianist, vocalist, and composer who has achieved international acclaim headlining performances at Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the 2014 Jazz Cruise, the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Quebec City International Jazz Festival, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. The 25-year-old’s original compositions draw inspiration from an impressive array of sources that demonstrate her sprawling musical lexicon: Cuban and Brazilian folk music, the Great American Songbook, modern jazz composers such as Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, and songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Paul Simon. On the young talent’s sophomore release Living In Twilight, Pocock surrounds herself with some of the jazz world’s foremost A-listers and crafts “an all-embracing set that simultaneously marks her as a reflective and questioning soul with an open mind and an artist with a confident and strong vision of self” (All About Jazz).

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Autumn Rainey Quartet
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

Autumn Rainey Quartet

Commended for her awe-inspiring vocal gifts by world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis, NCCU alumnus Autumn Rainey is a generational talent with unrivaled panache, command, and interpretive range. In 2017, Rainey’s unassailable voice eternized the soundtrack of HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, once her powerful rendition of “Motherless Children” added gravity to Blind Willie Johnson’s first-person hymn. Acknowledged widely as the future of vocal jazz, Rainey's incomparable dynamism envelops crowds and makes superstardom feel inevitable.

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  • Autumn Rainey, vocals

  • Kevin Beardsley, bass

  • Andrew Barinson, piano

  • Donovan Cheatham, drums

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60th Anniversary Celebration of Miles Davis’ 'Kind of Blue' | Lynn Grissett Sextet
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

60th Anniversary Celebration of Miles Davis’ 'Kind of Blue' | Lynn Grissett Sextet

On August 17, 1959, jazz giants turned their back on standard chord progressions and introduced the understated warmth of modality to a world that would be forever changed. The release of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue — the most important, influential, and best-selling jazz record of all time — represented an instantly successful and universally acknowledged masterpiece, revered as much by rock and classical music fans as by jazz lovers. Kind of Blue is not only regarded as the seminal work in Davis’ remarkable catalog, but the “painterly masterpiece” is regularly included in debates as the greatest album of all time (Rolling Stone).  

Renowned for his tenure as a member of Prince’s peerless New Power Generation, Lynn Grissett’s trumpet playing is near-mythic. Boasting a spellbinding tone and pitch-perfect soloing, Grissett has earned countless awards that have propelled him into the musical company of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Larry Graham, Liv Warfield, Trombone Shorty, and others. Along the way, he’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Montreux Jazz Festival, The Arsenio Hall Show, and Essence Festival. 

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  • Lynn Grissett, trumpet

  • Sam King, alto saxophone

  • Brian Horton, tenor saxophone

  • Ernest Turner, piano

  • Kenny Phelps-McKeown, bass

  • Devin Fuller, drums

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99 Brass Band
Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

99 Brass Band

An extemporized reunion of veteran bandleaders and notable NCCU alumni has morphed into an eight-piece outfit of masterful players with a distinctive lilt that calls to mind the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The spirited good-time is a time-traveling adventure that reinterprets years of New Orleans brass band magic and expands the idiom’s lexicon.  

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  • Al Strong, trumpet

  • Yahyah Corbett, trumpet

  • Blu Thompson, saxophone

  • Zo Hedgepeth, trombone

  • Ryan Robinson, trombone

  • JC Martin, guitar

  • Stephen Edgerton, sousaphone

  • Jeremy "Bean" Clemons, drums

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