JAZZLIVE365 Concerts

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 8:00pm
Davina and the Vagabonds

CABARET AT THEATER SQUARE

“Listening to Davina & the Vagabonds is like stepping into a wondrous musical time machine. They have the panache and superlative musicianship to recreate the retro sound and ageless appeal of golden age Americana in high-definition reality on stage for your immense pleasure and enjoyment.” -Thunder Bay Blues Festival/Canada

presented by BNY Mellon JazzLive

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 8:00pm
Robert Glasper

CABARET AT THEATER SQUARE

Blue Note recording artist Robert Glasper continues to expand on its genre-hopping sound — rooted in jazz but exploring elements of R&B, hip-hop and more. At Blue Note, Glasper joins a jazz piano legacy that stretches back to 1939, beginning with Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis, and continuing through Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jacky Terrasson, Jason Moran and Bill Charlap. Undaunted, Glasper reflects, “I’m just happy to be a part of the Blue Note family and its rich history.”

presented by BNY Mellon JazzLive

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 8:00pm
Average White Band

AUGUST WILSON CENTER

AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B heroes – people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others – and developed their own ‘authentic’ sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the US and elsewhere.

presented by BNY Mellon JazzLive

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Smoothfest Weekend
May 5-6, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:00pm
Jonathan Butler

AUGUST WILSON CENTER

One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Albright has been nominated for several contemporary jazz Grammy Awards and has performed with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Whitney Houston, and more. He has sold over a million albums in the U.S. alone and has appeared on over 200 albums by other artists.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8:00pm
Gerald Albright

AUGUST WILSON CENTER

Jonathan Butler is an icon in the smooth jazz realm. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar. With legions of fans, this international superstar continues to make music that feeds the soul in new and inventive ways.

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