Vocalist Irene Jalenti (BM ’14, Jazz Voice) and her quartet present a concert dedicated to the music of jazz icon Thelonius Monk. Known for his signature improvisational style, many of Monk’s compositions are part of the jazz canon. Join them as they celebrate the centennial year of this legendary pianist by performing fresh arrangements of Monk’s most influential melodies Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Mark G. Meadows (BM ’11, GPD ’13, Jazz Piano; KSAS BA ’11, Psychology) will present The Piano Men Cabaret alongside Nick Lehan and Shayna Blass at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Va from Tuesday, May 9 to Saturday, May 13. The cabaret will feature the hits of multi-talented singer/songwriter/pianist virtuosos including Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and more. Mr. Meadows’ additional upcoming performances include: More…
Jazz faculty artist Michael Formanek and Ensemble Kolossus’ Washington premiere and performance for the spring edition of CapitalBop’s Traveling Loft on Saturday, April 22 at NYU’s D.C., campus was previewed by Michael J. West of the Washington Post. Mr. West described Kolossus’ performances and presence as “captivating, and drenched in imagination.” Read the full preview here.
Faculty artist Nasar Abadey will be honored for the DC Jazz Leadership and Service Awards presented by the DC Jazz Lobby, a subset of the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, in celebration of International Jazz Day on Sunday, April 30. The DC Jazz Leadership and Service Awards annually recognizes individuals within the DC jazz community who have worked to promote, support, and uplift members of the DC jazz scene. A program for the honorees will take place at Busboys and Poets Takoma in Washington D.C., at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 30.
Jazz faculty artist Michael Formanek will perform an opening act for Elder Ones, a New York City based quartet that is comprised of Amirtha Kidambi, vocals and Indian harmonium; Matt Nelson, saxophone; Brandon Lopez, bass; and Max Jaffe, percussion, on Wednesday, April 19, at 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm, at An Die Musik in Baltimore. Find tickets and more information here.