LA Phil Presents Jazz at the Bowl Series for 2017 Summer Season
Featuring Andra Day, Leslie Odom, Jr, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Gente de Zona, Angélique Kidjo, Pedrito Martinez, Jill Scott, Robert Gasper Experiment, Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Christian McBride, Steve Winwood, Mavis Staples And Many More
New Exhibition, Summer Nights: Jazz at the Bowl, Unveiled at Hollywood Bowl Museum
Los Angeles, CA (July 6, 2017) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Jazz at the Bowl series for 2017 presents a diverse array of both celebrated and emerging artists representing the ever-evolving genre. Guided by the LA Phil’s Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock, the series will take place over eight Wednesday evenings throughout the summer from July 19 to September 13.
Jazz at the Bowl kicks off on July 19 with Ella and Dizzy: 100 Years, 1,000 Memories featuring a celebration of classics from Ella Fitzgerald’s songbook years with vocal stars Andra Day, Leslie Odom, Jr, Lizz Wright and Jane Monheit – plus violinist Regina Carter along with guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., pianist Patrice Rushen, drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Peter Washington – performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza. A Dizzy 100th Celebration All-Star Big Band will perform in the first half with Jon Faddis, Billy Childs, Charles McPherson, Lewis Nash and Peter Washington. The event will be hosted by award-winning actress CCH Pounder.
Known for taking two forgotten genres, rockabilly & swing, and adding his own blend of gunpowder and rockin’ style, three-time Grammy®-winner Brian Setzer and his orchestra will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a landmark show on August 2. Opening the evening will be JD McPherson, resurrecting old-school rock ‘n’ roll.
On August 9, Latin Grammy®-winning Gente de Zona will take the stage with their infectious mix of reggaetón with traditional Cuban styles for an exuberant party complete with dancers, horns and more. “Africa’s premier diva” Angélique Kidjo will bring her eclectic mix and the sounds of Cuban salsa, and Grammy® nominee Pedrito Martinez and his group will open with their celebrated blend of Latin jazz and world influences.
On August 16, three-time Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, critically acclaimed actress, and Philadelphia native Jill Scott will make her Hollywood Bowl debut, bringing her powerful mix of R&B, jazz, hip-hop and spoken word. Robert Gasper Experiment, featuring Grammy®-winner Robert Glasper, will bring a unique fusion of R&B, jazz, and hip-hop that brazenly traverses the boundaries of all three genres.
On August 23, Oscar- and multiple Grammy®-winning pianist and LA Phil’s own Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock, who continues to re-imagine jazz, will bring his newest mind-blowing explorations to life with his amazing new band. L.A. native Kamasi Washington will return to the Hollywood Bowl stage with his decidedly contemporary musical approach and stunning live performance style, which has brought the legacy of 20th-century jazz to a new generation.
On August 30, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – led by Trombone Shorty, who recently released his Blue Note Records debut album Parking Lot Symphony – will bring a blend of rock riffs and horn solos with the rolling groove of a New Orleans parade. Alabama’s high-octane soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones will perform a homegrown mix of retro and modern blues, soul and gospel. Lake Street Dive, a tour de force steeped in Motown, soul and pop, join the bill.
September 6 will shine a light on three masterful A&M jazz albums from Quincy Jones – Walking in Space, Gula Matari and Smackwater Jack – from a peak creative time in his life that mirrored a transition in jazz history. The concert will feature Christian McBride, musical director; John Clayton, conductor; and special guests Dave Grusin, Sean Jones, Hubert Laws, Grégoire Maret, Lewis Nash, Lee Ritenour, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Ashford and Simpson’s Valerie Simpson, plus an all-star big band. Opening the evening will be artists who are examples of Quincy’s prodigious ear for talent including Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano and Jonah Nilsson.
On September 13, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rhythm & blues multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood will dig deep into his treasure trove of ’60s British rock classics, as well as his hits “When You See a Chance” and “Back in the High Life” and other vintage gems. 2016 Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples (“I’ll Take You There,” “Respect Yourself,” and more) promises a joyful, spiritual opening set of unmatched gospel and rhythm & blues masterpieces.
ONGOING EXHIBITION: The Hollywood Bowl Museum recently unveiled a new exhibition, Summer Nights: Jazz at the Bowl, which traces the history of jazz performance at the Hollywood Bowl from the earliest days of the swing era through today. With a selection of audio recordings from the Los Angeles Philharmonic archives, this exhibition showcases the instrumental, solo and festival manifestations of the genre. Summer Nights: Jazz at the Bowl is on view until June 2019.
Wednesday, July 19, at 8 PM
ELLA AND DIZZY: 100 YEARS, 1,000 MEMORIES
HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA
VINCE MENDOZA, conductor
ANDRA DAY, JANE MONHEIT, LESLIE ODOM, JR., LIZZ WRIGHT, REGINA CARTER, PAUL JACKSON, JR., PATRICE RUSHEN, LEWIS NASH, PETER WASHINGTON, special guests
A DIZZY 100TH CELEBRATION ALL-STAR BIG BAND
JON FADDIS, conductor/trumpet
BILLY CHILDS, CHARLES McPHERSON, LEWIS NASH, PETER WASHINGTON, special guests
CCH POUNDER, host
Wednesday, August 2, at 8 PM
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA – 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW!
Wednesday, August 9, at 8 PM
GENTE DE ZONA
ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO’S TRIBUTE TO SALSA
PEDRITO MARTINEZ, special guest
THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP
Wednesday, August 16, at 8 PM
ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT
Wednesday, August 23, at 8 PM
Wednesday, August 30, at 8 PM
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
LAKE STREET DIVE
Wednesday, September 6, at 8 PM
QUINCY JONES: THE A&M YEARS
CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, musical director
JOHN CLAYTON, conductor
with special guests DAVE GRUSIN, SEAN JONES, HUBERT LAWS, GRÉGOIRE MARET, LEWIS NASH, LEE RITENOUR, ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ and ASHFORD & SIMPSON’S VALERIE SIMPSON, plus an all-star big band
RICHARD BONA & MANDEKAN CUBANO
Wednesday, September 13, at 8 PM
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