Jazz @ The Jacobs 2017-18
Jazz rules at “the Jacobs,” and this promises to be our best season yet! From tributes to Ella Fitzgerald to a special concert appearance by Chick Corea and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, you won’t want to miss a single (blue) note! The Jazz @ The Jacobs Series is sponsored by Doctor Bob and Mao Shillman.
NEW THIS SEASON | IT'S ABOUT TIME FESTIVAL
SAT NOV 25 | 8pm
THE FIRST LADY OF SONG: AN ELLA FITZGERALD TRIBUTE
The Great American Songbook had few interpreters with more grace, style and vocal excellence than the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald. The Jazz @ The Jacobs season opens with a tribute to the First Lady of Song in her Centennial year and features her favorite accompanist in her later years, pianist Mike Wofford.
SAT JAN 27 | 8pm
THE ROOTS OF RHYTHM
As part of the January “It’s About Time” festival, this concert will explore the origins and evolution of the various rhythmic styles that made their way from all over the world to America, becoming part of the modern jazz idiom. John Santos, one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today (as both musician and historian), will survey jazz’s “root system” by way of his remarkable personal collection of percussion instruments in performance with several special guests.
SAT FEB 24 | 8pm
AFFINITY: A RAY BROWN AND OSCAR PETERSON TRIBUTE
From 1951 to 1966, bassist Ray Brown and pianist Oscar Peterson were partners in the Oscar Peterson Trio, recording some of the most exciting and beloved jazz music of that era. This concert catches the spirit of this famous and fruitful collaboration with some of today’s finest keyboard and string bass artists. Our special guest will be bassist John Clayton, considered Ray Brown’s main protégé and legacy-keeper, who performs on Mr. Brown’s bass.
SAT MAR 24 | 8pm *SPECIAL CONCERT*
CHICK COREA WITH THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
Part of the “It’s About Time” festival, this concert will feature music that emphasizes touch, rhythm and the many intriguing sound textures available to our talented battery of San Diego Symphony percussion musicians.
Jacobs Music Center
SAT APR 28 | 8pm
Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue – in Concert
Miles Davis released his classic Kind of Blue album in 1959; it subsequently became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time and changed the possibilities of jazz forever. Jazz @ The Jacobs Series Curator Gilbert Castellanos will present a live performance of every track of Kind of Blue, in order, in collaboration with some of today’s hottest young jazz artists.