Join us for an evening of song and style, from soft, smooth ballads like “What a Difference a Day Makes” to songs that shake the spirit like “Teach Me Tonight.” Suzanne Burgess brings Washington’s magic alive with her passionate and sparkling vocals.
This Philadelphia women’s jazz group highlights the work of women composers and lyricists from the early 1920s to today with classic and contemporary interpretations of standards and popular music. With world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Monnette Sudler and premier saxophonist Lynn Riley.
Join us in welcoming guitarist Frank Butrey as he interprets classics by Carlos Santana like “Oye Como Va,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways,” and more. From Woodstock to Miles Davis, Santana has been a force for musical diversity. Experience the guitar sounds that changed the way we hear music.
The career of American jazz and popular singer, composer, and actress Peggy Lee spanned six decades, starting from a local radio show to singing with Benny Goodman’s orchestra. Travel back in time with songs like “Fever” and “Black Coffee” and relive the magic and style of one of the great American talents.
Vocalists Roy Richardson and Pat Scott and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble bring Detroit and Memphis to the same musical destination: soul power. If you’ve “Heard It Through the Grapevine” while you were “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” then “Get Ready” for some “Respect” and more musical excitement.
It started with the Beatles, then the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Who—though they were basing their music on American blues; the British gave it a different flavor that caught on big time. Join Lisa Chavous and the Blues Messengers as they return us to “The House of the Rising Sun,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” and more classics from the British Invasion of the ’60s.
Pianist and composer Thelonious Monk showed his unique style of improvisation in compositions like “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” and “Well, You Needn’t.” Join us and experience the immersive sounds of Monk’s innovative contributions.
Smooth vocals meet a soaring trumpet. Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong struck up a friendship in the 1920s, and their collaboration would flourish on stage, in movies, and on radio and TV over the next fifty years. Together they invented the music we all love, with tunes like “That’s Jazz,” “Basin Street Blues,” and many more.
Annie Ross (of the jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) and King Pleasure pioneered the jazz singing style known as “vocalese,” putting original lyrics to jazz instrumentals. King Pleasure could sing a horn solo, and Annie Ross could make music dance like a trumpet gone wild. From “Moody’s Mood for Love” to “Gimme That Wine,” their singing became jazz swinging.
The powerful voices of Ray Charles and Betty Carter take us on a journey through life’s experiences and emotions. From “What’d I Say” to “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” experience how these two artists hit that deep spot in the music box.
When the music pours from the hearts of Jean Carne, Cassandra Wilson, and Anita Baker, there’s no shield from the rays of their musical sunshine. Boost your evening with a tribute to the soulful, sultry, and remarkable voices of these three jazz divas with tunes like “Infant Eyes,” “Dindi,” and “Sweet Love.”
Celebrate the holidays with the Motown sound of the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, and other great Motown artists. Their unique sound brings a special magic to the holiday season.