Music Calendar

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Hurricane Relief benefit
No Cover – give what you can!
Tues-Wed, October 30-31 • 7 pm
dinner served from 5:30

Orchestral Jazz

Hurricane Sandy stranded most of Maria Schneider’s Jazz Orchestra in New York – just one of the 1,000’s of hardships caused by this massive storm. Four of her musicians did arrive – world class players players who feel like we do, saddened by the storm’s impact, but wanting to do something to help address the enormous financial need. Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, drummer Clarence Penn, and the others who made it will team up with some local jazz all stars – Peter Schimke, Gordy Johnson, Billy Peterson and others, to play a benefit for hurricane relief. Sophia Shorai will play a short set as well.

Music starts at 7:00. Donations to the hurricane relief fund can made at the Dakota on the guest check and all profits from our special hurricane relief cocktail will be dedicated to the fund. All funds will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund, which is Maria’s choice.

Join us for a special night of food, music and fundraising.

We are working on rescheduling Maria Schneider. If you have tickets, we can offer you several options –

Keep your tickets and use them for the rescheduled show
Turn them in and the price of the ticket will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund
Get a raincheck
Get a refund
We are calling everyone to let them know.

In the meantime, come in tonight, tomorrow or both, lend some support to the relief effort, and hear some world class music!

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, ‘Evanescence.’ With that recording, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for her 17-member collective, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the unique voices of the group. Subsequently, the Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries spanning Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and North America.

Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. ‘Concert in the Garden’ (Best Large Ensemble Album), released only through her ArtistShare website, became historic as the first record to win a Grammy with internet-only sales. The second Grammy was awarded for Maria’s composition, Cerulean Skies (Best Instrumental Composition).

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“Maria Schneider’s orchestral jazz is about feeling. Like Wayne Shorter, she somehow expresses compassion through tones.” –New York Times

“…she puts together stories that speak with the clarity of Ernest Hemingway and the musical grace of Aaron Copland.” –Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“To call Schneider the most important woman in jazz is missing the point… She is a major composer–period.” –Time Magazine 

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