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Image: Gerry Mulligan Exhibition at the Library of Congress


     Drum on your drums,
     batter on your banjos,
     sob on the long cool
     winding saxophones.

     Go to it, O jazzmen.

     -- Carl Sandburg, Jazz Fantasia (1920)

Image: Christian McBrideImage: Members of the Brubeck SextetBRUBECK INSTITUTE WORKSHOP
Tuesday, September 30, at 7 pm
Coolidge Auditorium

No tickets required, see Special Programs

Dave Brubeck QuartetDAVE BRUBECK and his Quartet
and the Brubeck Institute Sextet

Wednesday, October 1 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

Dave Brubeck "was and is unique and that's
what jazz is all about."

Legendary jazz pianist-composer whose work embodies "the optimism and spirit of this uniquely American music" leads his famed quartet and six gifted young musicians of the Brubeck Institute joined by the Institute's artistic director, bassist Christian McBride.

Image: Ganzalo RubalcabaGONZALO RUBALCABA TRIO
Friday, October 17 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

" ...exquisite texture...thrilling and poignant..."

Winner of the 2002 Best Latin Jazz Grammy, Afro-Cuban jazz pianist-composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba--with Ignacio Berroa on drums and Armando Gola on bass--interweaves musical idioms from the rhythms of rumba and the batá to strongly classical components.

Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"...a rapid-fire ninja...transferring the energy of flamenco guitar to the keyboard."

"Cádiz in the soul and Monk in the fingers," pianist Domínguez and his trio joined by three accompanying musicians (a player of the Afro-Peruvian cajon, a singer, and a dancer--all three clapping) create hybrid music that merges an ancient tradition with the leading edge of jazz.

JIMMY SCOTT and the Jazz Expressions
Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

Image: Jimmy Scott"...perhaps the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century."

One of the most original and exceptional voices in the history of popular song, for more than fifty years admired by fellow singers from jazz to pop including Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles, and Madonna, the elder statesman of jazz vocalists is joined by his trio--bassist "Hill" Greene, pianist Mike Kanan, and drummer "Cook" Broadnax--for a glimpse of what an evening in a mid-fifties show club must have been like.

Image: Meredith D'AmbrosioMEREDITH D'AMBROSIO
Wednesday, March 31 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"To listen to d'Ambrosio is to abandon oneself to her charm."

Jazz singer-pianist, calligrapher, wateroclorist, creator of eggshell mosaics, composer, lyricist, recording artist, and teacher--with a distinctive "dusky, sensuous voice" and understated style: performances of "quiet passion"and "meditative intimacy."

Image: Shirley HornSHIRLEY HORN
Saturday, May 8 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"Songs are lucky when Shirley Horn chooses them."

A "romantic chanteuse without peer"and "straight-ahead swinger" sings "heart-stopping" ballads with "exquisitely unhurried pace--inviting listeners into an elegant and sincere musical embrace."

Friday, May 14 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"a vibrant...and swinging amalgam of individual voices playing as one."

Unconventional contemporary jazz ensemble of saxophone, vibes, trombone, bass, and drums led by the #1 Bass Players in the DownBeat Critics Poll for three consecutive years.

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