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by Tony Frankel on April 2, 2019

in Music,Theater-Los Angeles,Tours


Hooray and hallelujah! Long before her third Grammy win, I have always been a fan of jazz vocalist and song interpreter extraordinaire Cécile McLorin Salvant. But seeing her live three times now has not only cemented my opinion that this is the most exciting thing in all music — not just jazz — to come along in decades. She is this generation’s most mesmerizing, fascinating, and supreme songstress. Yes, she has that remarkably distinctive voice, but it’s supported by a personality which is an amalgam of combinations: old soul/young upstart; waggish/serious; and controlled/improvisational. She will restore your faith in original singer/songwriters who value great songs and storytelling.

Now is your chance to see Salvant live, as she will be joining The Monterey Jazz Festival on its fifth national tour through April 14, 2019, with a stop this Friday April 5 at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. The show will feature some of the greatest and most critically-acclaimed jazz artists of their generation, including three winners of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

In addition to having three unique and talented vocalists on the tour, and an equal balance of men and women, the show will feature renditions of classic jazz standards, along with originals penned by the members. Each musician is an outstanding representative of the next generation of jazz artists and educators, each with a close relationship with Monterey that represent both its musical excellence and jazz education activities — core components of Monterey Jazz Festival’s mission statement.

The 2019 Tour band features a top roster of diverse and international millennial talent and the leaders of jazz’s future, including Salvant, vocals; Bria Skonberg, trumpet, vocals; Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone; Christian Sands, piano, musical director; Jamison Ross, drums, vocals; and Yasushi Nakamura, bass.

You will also get the inimitable SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today; the current octet is an international ensemble comprising alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, trumpeter Etienne Charles, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trombonist Marshall Gilkes, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Brewer, and drummer Obed Calvaire. Their mission is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master as well as newly commissioned pieces by SFJAZZ members. For this concert, they will explore and honor the sounds of bossa nova king Antônio Carlos Jobim with original arrangements crafted and performed

World-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality, and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national, and international venues, Monterey Jazz Festival has stayed true to expanding live performances of jazz around the country since 2008 by presenting national tours that have reached over 115,000 fans in 163 shows across the United States and Canada.

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, 2019
Upcoming Tour Dates & Cities:
April 2: Portland, Ore. / Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
April 3: Berkeley, Calif. / UC Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall
April 4: Rohnert Park, Calif. / Sonoma State University, Weill Hall
April 5: Los Angeles, Calif. / Walt Disney Concert Hall
April 7: Seattle, Wash. / Moore Theatre
April 8: Santa Barbara, Calif. / UC Santa Barbara, Campbell Hall
April 9: Mesa, Ariz. / Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
April 11: Calgary, Alberta, Canada / Jack Singer Concert Hall
April 12: Chicago, Ill. / Chicago Symphony Center
April 13: Notre Dame, Ind. / University of Notre Dame, DeBartolo
April 14: Ann Arbor, Mich. / University of Michigan, Michigan Theater

for more info, visit Cécile McLorin Salvant and Monterey Jazz

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