Will Downing, Nona Hendryx, Nicholas Payton, Quiana Lynell and Andy Faber Jazz Orchestra present a concert inspired by one of America’s great novelists, author of Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison.
Christian Scott, Terrace Martin, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, Taylor McFerrin and Robert Glasper, an all-star ensemble, blur genre lines and inspire “a new generation of jazzers” (Rolling Stone).
Sergio Mendes, three-time Grammy® Award-winning producer, composer, keyboardist, and vocalist returns to the Arsht Center for a great evening of bossa nova and samba.
JAZZ IN THE KEY OF ELLISON is a new concert production inspired by the musical life of America’s iconic writer Ralph Ellison, presented in music, words, and images. Ralph Ellison, acclaimed author of the National Book Award-winning novel Invisible Man, was an accomplished trumpeter who was close to many of the great jazz innovators of his lifetime – from Armstrong and Ellington to Bird and Monk. The concert celebration premiered in November 2016 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
In an era when every headline carries some new horror or fresh worry, we need music that can clap back with immediacy, skill, and heart. We need a band so at home in its skin that it can play without ego and lead with love—artists whose very existence attests to resilience and hope. We need R+R=NOW, a supergroup assembled by Robert Glasper but functionally egalitarian, in no small part because its members are visionary players, composers, and producers on their own: Glasper on keys, Terrace Martin on synthesizer and vocoder, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synth and beatbox, and newcomer Justin Tyson on drums. You could try to count up the GRAMMYs between them but you'd be missing the point. This genre-mashing outfit moves as one and, as their name reveals, with great purpose.
Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes is one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time. His hit single, "Mas Que Nada," is the first Portuguese language song to ever hit Billboard's U.S. Pop chart and Mendes' signature mix of bossa nova and samba and distinctive pop instrumentation have ultimately come to define Brazilian music.
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