Jazz in May at The Dakota


Keiko Matsui
Thursday, May 11th at 7 & 9pm and May 14th at 6 & 8pm
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“one of the most creative and humanitarian artists around. Inspiration comes to her as easily as breathing.” – Examiner.com

Matsui layers fluid, inventive piano playing into vivid soundscapes that have no equal in modern music. Her roots are in contemporary jazz, and her harmonies are decidedly modern, but the full effect is a truly international sound.



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Karrin Allyson
Monday, April 15th at 7 and 9pm
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“If there’s a choir in heaven, someday the exquisite vocalist Karrin Allyson will lead it. She’s such an otherworldly talent that the creator probably already has her on heavy rotation.” -Houston Press

Karrin’s devotion to being a student of The Song has won her the respect and admiration of peers, critics, and fans alike. Hear one of the finest vocalists alive sing classics completely free of artifice: clear, pure natural melodies.


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Marcus Roberts Trio
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16th & 17th at 7 & 9pm
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“one of the circuit’s most gifted keyboard virtuosi.” – Guardian

This masterful pianist, while committed to preserving the legacy of jazz, is a beacon to the future of acoustic improvised music. This Marsalis-school acolyte is playing some of the finest jazz in the world.


Special EFX Feat. Chieli Minucci, Nelson Rangell, Lao Tizer
Thursday, May 18th at 7pm
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“extraordinary range and technical finesse.” – Jazz Times

Few bands in contemporary jazz have been as entertaining and artistically satisfying as Special EFX. These groovy fusion veterans have been a force to be reckoned with for 25 years for a very good reason: their combined talent is astounding.

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Chris Potter Quartet
Wednesday, May 31st at 7pm
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“easily the most compelling jazz saxophonist of his generation.” – Detroit Free Press

A potent improvisor and passionate composer, saxophonist Chris Potter is a musician of international renown. This quartet focuses Potter’s prodigious talent into an electric groove context, laying down layers of infectious, toe-tapping sound.

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