Esperanza Spalding at the Disney Concert Hall
Village Voice music critic Greg Tate calls Spalding the “sexiest and best thing to happen to jazz since Wynton”.
Always charting her own course, Bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding brings her Chamber Music Society ensemble and Radio Music Society band to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for a one night only performance of music from her recent studio albums.
The youthful fashion forward beauty dazzled critics with her 2008 major-label debut, Esperanza which she recorded when she was 23, the album peaked at number 3 on the Billborad Jazz chart after a run of 62 weeks.
No stranger to the White House and President Obama, she was a hit singing “Overjoyed” at the White House concert honoring Stevie Wonder, then again at the White House Poetry Jam. She also performed, at the Presidents request, at the ceremony when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
Spalding infuriated Justin Bieber fans beating him out with her stunning Grammy Award win in the Best New Artist category, becoming the first jazz musician to take home the coveted award.
I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday evening and end the weekend than with this special concert at the beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Sunday April 26, 7:30
Azar Lawrence Sextet; A Night With Jazz Titans
“To hear Mr. Lawrence upshift through his improvisations, honoring a song’s rhythm and harmony and then breaking free of it, is one of jazz’s current thrills, and he understands this music as well as anyone.” Ben Ratliff, New York Times, December 6, 2014
The Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach will feature the Azar Lawrence Sextet with special guests, prolific hard bop trumpeter, Oscar Brashear, veteran trombone master, Mowtown’s “George Bohanon, heavyweight drummer Roy McCurdy, Theo Saunders, who has been described as “provocative and mind bending” on piano, and one of the most versatile and in demand bassists on the West Coast, Jeff Littleton.
The’re billing this as “A Night With Jazz Titans”, and the evening promises to be exactly as the name implies, a superior night of Straight Ahead Progressive Jazz with Azar Lawrence, one of the most powerful and distinctive voices of the post-Coltrane tenor saxophonists, heading a stellar group of jazz artists.
Saturday, April 25, 9 p.m.
Seabird Jazz Lounge,
730 East Broadway, Long Beach 90802
Jazz at LACMA
LACMA’s extraordinary Friday night jazz series opens this Friday April 24 with a tribute to the artist featured in its first jazz concert 24 years ago, Julian “Cannonball” Adderly. A giant of the hard-bop era Adderly is best known for his 1966 hit, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and his work with Miles Davis. As part of LACMA’s 50th anniversary this special concert will feature Adderly’s longtime drummer (1965 to 1975) Roy McCurdy, with Scotty Barnhart on trumpet, alto saxophonist Andrew Speight, Rickey Woodard on tenor, pianist Llew Mathews, and James Leary on bass.
These free Friday night concerts have become a beloved tradition in the LA music scene, a celebration of L.A. finest, featuring jazz legends, Wayne Shorter, John Clyton, Kenny Burell, Billy Childs, Arturo Sandoval .. too many to mention.
Picnics, dancing, dining, sipping, with a smorgasbord of people from all walks mixing mingling, flirting, talking jazz, talking art, this is the best Friday night happy hour in town.
Every Friday at 6 p.m. April through November.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323 857-6010 | (TTY: 323 857-0098)
So there you have it, my perfect weekend of jazz .. Friday night Cannonball tribute at LACMA, Saturday night, Azar Lawrence Seabird Lounge and Sunday Esperanza Spalding at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.