The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the incomparable Patti Austin in an intimate evening of song on Friday, May 18, in the Lupin Theater at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. All proceeds benefit the Heritage School of Music.
A Grammy Award winner, Patti made her debut at the Apollo Theater at age four and had a contract with RCA Records when she was only five. Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington have proclaimed themselves as her godparents.
Fifty-three years after getting her first record contract, Patti Austin was awarded her first Grammy, winning Best Jazz Vocal Album for Avant Gershwin at the 50th annual Grammy Awards. The award came for her ninth nomination in that category.
A small number of "Gold Circle" seats are available, which come with a champagne reception with the artist following the performance.
Order tickets online here.
The live radio/stream broadcast will start at 8:45pm CDT.
Three days of Mid-City-ing!
For all our Mid-City buddies, and all of our friend who become Mid-Citizens during the weekend of Bayou Boogaloo, get on your dancing shoes! We'll be out at the bayou broadcasting live, so check back as we continue to add performers to the lineup!
|2:45 – 3:45||Bachaco|
|3:45 – 4:45||JAM-ALL featuring Jamal Batiste|
|5:45 – 6:45||Voices Of The Big Easy featuring Chuck Perkins|
|11:45 – 12:45||Feufollet|
|1:45 – 2:45||Gena Delafose & French Rockin Boogie Band|
|3:45 – 4:45||Lynn Drury|
Lynn Drury. Photo by Catherine King
The Jazz Foundation of America presents its annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert to benefit our Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. This evening will raise money to assist countless elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis across the country, artists who have spent their lives making ours richer with their music.
Held at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, the concert brings together legends of the Music to say "thank you" for keeping the Musicians and the Music alive.
The lineup includes special guest Quincy Jones, and performances by Macy Gray, Dr. John, Randy Weston, Bono, Paquito D'Rivera, Rebirth Brass Band, Treme Brass Band, David Johansen, Stanley Jordan, Swet Georgia Brown, Essie Mae, John D. Holeman, Lakecia Benjamin,BIll Saxton, Kansas City Band: Steven Bernstein, Curtis Fowlkes , Don Byron, James Carter, Craig Handy , Victor Lewis , Geri Allen, Mark Whitfield, Art Baron, Jerry Dodgien, Kenny Davis, Ambrose Akinmusire , Frank Greene, Ray Anderson and over 40 legends with last minute surpises...
WWOZ and the New Orleans music community will be forever grateful to the Jazz Foundation of America for all the assistance that they gave to New Orleans musicians in the wake of Katrina.
Stay tuned as we announce the 'OZ broadcast lineup!
Two shows at 8PM & 10PM.
ABOUT TERENCE BLANCHARD
Terence Blanchard is a three-time Grammy award winning trumpet player and composer. With more than 29 albums to his credit, he has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation, a member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today.
As a film composer with more than 50 scores credited to his name, Blanchard has received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2003) and has also completed the score for Lee's Miracle at St. Anna (2008). His future projects include the score for George Lucas' "Red Tails" and Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" which he had already completed the score for and set for release in fall 2009.
Live broadcast will be for the 10pm set.
ABOUT IKE STUBBLEFIELD
Hammond B3 virtuoso Ike Stubblefield is a music industry legend. He cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. He lent his soulful R&B style to Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters and George Benson, and helped create the classic B3 sound that others would imitate for generations to come. In 2010, he collaborated with Grammy-winning Atlanta soul man Cee Lo Green, recording organ and keyboards on 9 tracks.
ABOUT TERENCE HIGGINS
Terence Higgins, internationally known as drummer for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, is as well versed in the churning New Orleans funk style as any man can be. Born and raised in NOLA, Higgins has performed with everyone from Widespread Panic to Dr. John to Norah Jones, and has even gained his own set of peers in other drummers such as Brian Blade, Russell Batiste Jr., and Stanton Moore. Higgins appears on dozens of albums, but with his first CD his own ideas have become a force to be reckoned with.
ABOUT GRANT GREEN JR.
The son of infamous soul-jazz musician Grant Green, Green Jr. started a like-minded band in the 90's to carry on his father's legacy. The Japan-only Jungle Strut was met with critical favor, and he moved his act back to the States where he could finally record an album for the US.
ABOUT WYCLIFFE GORDON
Wycliffe Gordon enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. His trombone playing, hailed as "mixing powerful, intricate runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies," has been universally hailed by jazz critics.
ABOUT PERDITO MARTINEZ GROUP
The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythmsand vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff summed it up aptly for the New York Times (June 15, 2010) calling it, "complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk."
With its formation in the current lineup in 2008, the group has developed into an extraordinarily tight and creative unit. Members include percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela; and keyboard player/vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, from Havana, Cuba.