Catherine Russell
November 12 | 7pm
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Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Sy Oliver. With her sixth album, 2016’s Harlem On My Mind, vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blue heart of the great African American songbook. Swinging forth with soulful interpretations, Russell taps the golden age of Harlem, as befits this vibrant daughter of jazz.

Joey DeFrancesco
December 6 | 7pm and 9pm
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Regarded as one of the finest jazz organists on the planet, Joey has been at the top of the game for over 20 years. His Columbia Records debut “All Of Me” (released when Joey was 17!) single-handedly revitalized the Hammond B-3 organ sound and its place in modern jazz. The record had such an impact that Miles Davis called upon Joey to join him for a European tour, and just a few years later John McLaughlin would ask him to join his Free Spirits project with drummer Dennis Chambers. 2017 sees DeFrancesco touring with his “Freedom Band” billed Joey DeFrancesco + The People, in support of his recent release, Project Freedom. The new quartet features Joey on the Hammond B-3—plus contributions on keyboards, trumpet and as a vocalist.


AT ORCHESTRA HALL: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis
September 24 | 7:30pm
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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra—widely recognized as one of the world’s premier large jazz ensembles—is led by trumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis and includes 14 additional top soloists and ensemble players. JLCO, the resident orchestra of Jazz at Lincoln Center since 1988, plays concerts at its home venue, New York’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, and spends several months each year touring across the U.S. and around the globe. It performs traditional jazz repertoire as well as newly commissioned works by Marsalis, Benny Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Ted Nash and other notable talents. In recent years it has performed with such renowned orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra. JLCO’s education and performance residencies have taken the ensemble as far afield as France, Prague, Brazil and Japan.

AT THE GUTHRIE: Is That All There Is? Remembering Peggy Lee w/ The New Standards, Nellie McKay, Catherine Russell, Davina Lozier, and author James Gavin
September 25 | 7:30pm
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Join award-winning author James Gavin as he tells tales from his latest best-selling book Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee. James will hold court with his friends, the ultimate house band The New Standards, as they present musical touchstones from Ms. Lee’s stellar career, joined by VERY special guests: cabaret auteur Nellie McKay; Jazz At Lincoln Center featured vocalist Catherine Russell; and the Twin Cities’ own Davina Lozier (Davina & the Vagabonds). This is a night of musical storytelling you won’t want to miss!

AT THE GUTHRIE: Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet
October 23 | 7:30pm
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If the French Quarter is the musical heart of New Orleans, then Preservation Hall is its heartbeat. Take a group of long-time performers from the venerable concert hall, combine them with the Crescent City’s “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas, throw in the spiritual authority of The Blind Boys of Alabama, and you get a very special evening of music that showcases “The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans.” Touring together for the first time, “The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans” featuring Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Preservation Legacy Quintet, will treat audiences to a special evening filled with musical collaborations and traditional standards.

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