Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau uses some traditional elements of jazz without being restricted by them. Simultaneous playing of different melodies in separate hands, and incorporation of pop and rock pieces, Mehldau has influenced musicians in and beyond jazz in their approaches to writing, playing, and choice of repertoire. His many film scores include My Wife is an Actress, Mona LisaSmile, Happily Ever After, among others.
Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio (recently re-packaged and re- released as a 5-disc box set by Nonesuch in lake 2011). Other Mehldau recordings include Largo, a collaborative effort with the innovative musician and producer Jon Brion, and Anything Goes- a trio outing with bassist Larry Genadier and drummer Jorge Rossy. Mehldau has performed around the world at a steady pace since the mid 1990's, with his trio and as a solo pianist.
In keeping with the River City Jazz Masters' Latin Jazz tradition, Arturo Sandoval, one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, will be making his first appearance in Baton Rouge. He has received 10 Grammy Awards, with 19 nominations, 6 Billboard awards and an Emmy Award. Born in a small town in Havana, Cuba, Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, and while still in Cuba, was influenced by jazz musicians Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie, finally meeting Gillespie later in 1977. Gillespie became a mentor and colleague, playing with Sandoval in concerts in Europe and Cuba and later featuring him in the United Nations Orchestra. Dansoval defected while touring with Gillespie in 1990, and he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1998.
In 2013, Arturo Sandoval received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The performance of Arturo Sandoval Sextet, presented in collaboration with Banner Series @ McNeese State University and Acadiana Center for the Arts, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The New York Voices are celebrating 30 years in 2017 and have no plans of slowing down. This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. KNown for their close-knit voicing, the inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend create unique and memorable performing experience. Like the grear jazz vocal groups that have come before- Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Singers unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer- New York Voices is firmly a part of that legacy taking these great vocal traditions to a new level. Hear the groups unique interpretation of classics like SING, SING, SING! and Caravan. This is a quartet you don't want to miss!
A TRIBUTE TO ALVIN BATISTE FEATURING- VICTOR GOINES
OCTOBER 18, 2017
Acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center artist Victor Goines has designed a special tribute concert in honor of Louisiana Jazz great Alvin Batiste. Batiste, an Avant-garde jazz clarinetist born in New Orleans, Louisiana, taught at Southern University in Baton Rouge, at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), and inspired generations of jazz musicians. Several well-known musicians studied under Batiste including Branford Marsalis, Randy Jackson (American Idol), his brother Herman, Donald Harrison, Henry Butler, Charlie Singleton (Cameo), Ronald Myers and Woodie Douglas (Spirit), as well as local musicians like Betsy Braud, Michael Foster, and John Gray.
Goines is also an acclaimed solo artist and leads his own quartet, which makes him an especially fitting musician to lead this tribute to Batiste. As a leader, Goines has ten recordings including his latest release, A Dance at the Mardi Gras Ball (2016), as well a Twilight (2010) and Morning Swing(2011) from Rosemary Joesph Records.
Also at this concert will be the first annual presentation of the Alvin Batiste Hall of Distinction award. The Batiste family will be honored as well as Zia Tammami who has volunteered as a jazz radio DJ and advocate for 40 years in Baton Rouge.