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EIGHT NEW SHOWS ON SALE!

Posted on February 9, 2018 in Featured Blog Post

ADDED SHOW: Stanley Jordan – Solo
February 20 | 7pm
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In a career that took flight in 1985 with commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.

 

Keiko Matsui
May 3 | 7pm & 9pm
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In the words of Duke Ellington, Keiko Matsui is `beyond category.’ The courageous, spiritually-driven and consummate artist who enjoyed the distinction of being an invited guest and performer at the second International Jazz Day, sponsored by UNESCO and held in Istanbul in April 2013, transcends boundary. Her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. The eloquent and soft-spoken but yet deliberate musician tours relentlessly and seeks to make a genuine connection with her audience.

 

Ranky Tanky
May 18 | 7pm
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Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017.  By December of that year, the group had been been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 positions on the Billboard, I-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts. “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

 

Vinicius Cantuaria
June 28 | 7pm
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As singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Vinicius Cantuária’s career connects several zones of Brazilian music. And though his music is known for its decidedly twenty-first century feel, Cantuária’s band might best be described as ‘post-electronica acoustic.’  Their repertoire typically includes songs by Jobim and Gilberto Gil, as well as Cantuária’s own fund of songs.

 

Eilen Jewell
July 5 | 7pm
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For her new album, Down Hearted Blues, released Sept. 22, 2017, on Signature Sounds, they unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery.

 

Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt-A-Whirl Band
July 21 | 7pm
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Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music.  As Guitar Player Magazine notes, “He is a virtual deity – a living legend.”  After all, Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of retro cool.

 

Terry Bozzio
September 21 | 7pm
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Legendary & award winning melodic drummer, Terry Bozzio is releasing worldwide, what he calls a “Life’s Work” project of Art & Music on the Japanese label Ward Records in December 2015. Terry has worked with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Korn, UK, Missing Persons, Mick Jagger, Robbie Robertson, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Steve Vai, Quincy Jones, Ken Scott, Metropole Orkest, SMAP, Loudness’ Munetaka Higuchi & “X” Japan’s Hide – as well as film score composers Basil Poledouris, Mark Isham & Patrick O’Hearn. He is a Grammy winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer magazine’s Hall of Fame Award, Rolling Stone’s Top 5 Drummers of All Time!

 

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Claudia Villela & Kenny Werner
March 6 | 8pm
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For Claudia Villela, music is a journey into spontaneity and inspiration, as her past recording projects with Toots Thielemans and Michael Brecker can attest. Raised in Rio de Janeiro, she absorbed the folkloric tradition of her native Brazil, as well as the influences of classical composers and American jazz. Her vocal improvisations and compositions encompass the full range of emotive sound, sometimes dramatic, sometimes humorous, but always fascinating. She has been dubbed by JazzTimes Magazine as a “…genius with a blistering voice…”

Kenny Werner has been a world-class pianist and composer for over forty years. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. In 1996 he wrote his landmark book, Effortless Mastery, Liberating The Master Musician Within. Werner has since created videos, lectured world-wide and authored many articles on how musicians, artists or even business people can allow their “master creator” within to lift their performance to its highest level, showing us how to be spontaneous, fearless, joyful and disciplined in our work and in our life.