The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman - 30 Year Anniversary and Album ReleaseThu, Jul 21 - Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Started by guitarist Russ Freeman in 1985, The Rippingtons are a Grammy-nominated American contemporary jazz band celebrating 30 years with the release of True Stories!
Albert Lee - Celebrating 70 years of a Guitar Legend with Special Guest Opener Kate TaylorTue, Jul 26 - Wed, Jul 27, 2016
"...in every sense of the word, a genuine guitar wizard." -Earl Scruggs "The greatest guitarist in the world." -Eric Clapton One of the most respected guitarists in the country-rock music scene joined by American pop singer/songwriter
The Manhattan TransferThu, Jul 28 - Sun, Jul 31, 2016
Distinguished American 7-time Grammy winning acappella quartet - blending jazz and pop
Eric Bibb & Corey Harris
Tue, Aug 2 - Wed, Aug 3, 2016
Featuring two of the most vivid voices in modern Delta blues, MacArthur fellow Corey Harris and acclaimed bluesman Eric Bibb team up to chronicle the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation.
Monty Alexander with John Clayton and Jeff HamiltonThu, Aug 4 - Sun, Aug 7, 2016
Straight-ahead jazz bliss!
Fatoumata DiawaraTue, Aug 9 - Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Using elements of jazz, pop and funk Malian singer/songwriter of folk Wassoulou tradition has been labeled beguiling and spell-weaving.
John Pizzarelli Quartet with Jessica MolaskeyThu, Aug 11 - Sun, Aug 14, 2016
They are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium. They are caviar in a world of canned tuna. Once you’ve acquired the taste, there is no substitute.” - The New York Times
Freddie JacksonTue, Aug 16 - Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Classic soul-singer and R&B Icon!
“You Are My Lady” “Rock Me Tonight” “Jam Tonight,” ”Hey Lover”
O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’ConnorThu, Aug 18 - Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Grammy winning bluesgrass fiddler and Americana family band!
"One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music." – The New York Times
Lee Ritenour and Dave GrusinTue, Aug 23 - Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Contemporary Grammy-winning crossover guitarist and pianist unite to share their flawless technique and joyful compositions.
Otis TaylorTue, Aug 30 - Wed, Aug 31, 2016
Trance blues multi-instrumentalist with poetic intelligence
Keiko MatsuiThu, Sep 1 - Sun, Sep 4, 2016
Japanese keyboardist and composer specializing in contemporary, fusion, and new-age jazz with her acoustic band
Tower of PowerTue, Sep 6 - Wed, Sep 7, 2016
Legendary funk, groove and urban soul specialists!
Uncle BonsaiThu, Sep 8, 2016
“A folk-pop trio from Seattle, performs funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop” -- NY Times
Tower of PowerFri, Sep 9 - Sat, Sep 10, 2016
Legendary funk, groove and urban soul specialists!
Joey Alexander TrioTue, Sep 13 - Wed, Sep 14, 2016
BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT!
"If the word 'genius' still means anything, it applies to this prodigy. He played his own solo variations on 'Round Midnight' with a breathtaking precocity and mastery of several decades of piano style." – Allen Morrison, DownBeat Magazine
Karrin AllysonThu, Sep 15 - Sun, Sep 18, 2016
“Allyson knows what jazz singing is all about…sometimes tender, sometimes tough (she) always strikes the right chord” – Charles J. Gans, Associated Press
17th Sister City Jazz Day with Masae Nagashima Kobe’s 2016 Vocal QueenMon, Sep 19, 2016
Richard Bona Mandekan CubanoTue, Sep 20 - Wed, Sep 21, 2016
“An astonishing electric bassist, a mellifluous singer and no slouch as a songsmith, Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona holds forth with Mandekan Cubano, a sextet that explores the grooves shared by West African and Cuban music.” – Time Out, New York
Brian Culbertson Funk! TourThu, Sep 22 - Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Contemporary jazz, R&B and funk trailblazer touring in support of his new release Funk!
Jason Marsalis Quintet featuring Etienne CharlesTue, Sep 27 - Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Jason Marsalis owns the vibes creating fun spirited funk, Mardi Gras and jazz. Touring in support of his new release Heirs of the Crescent City.
Marcus MillerThu, Sep 29 - Sun, Oct 2, 2016
Two-time Grammy-winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums multi-instrumentalist, Marcus is highly proficient as a keyboardist, clarinetist/bass clarinetist and, primarily, as a world-renowned electric bassist, topping critics' and readers' polls for three decades.
Chick Corea Trio featuring Eddie Gomez and Brian BladeTue, Oct 4 - Wed, Oct 5, 2016
The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods – and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammy's.
Catherine RussellThu, Oct 6 - Sun, Oct 9, 2016
“A voice like rich, aged brandy… she kills with her low down verson of “Aged and Mello” …blues at it’s best. – BlogCritics
Benny Golson QuartetTue, Oct 11 - Wed, Oct 12, 2016
American bebop/hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist and composer - one of the last surviving links to the Golden Age of modern jazz who cut his teeth Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton and Art Blakey.
"...superb...Golson offers soul and warmth as well as considerable technique, leaving no doubt that he is indeed tenor sax royalty". – A. Anderson, Jazziz
McCoy TynerThu, Oct 13 - Sun, Oct 16, 2016
Four-time Grammy-winning pianist Tyner has released nearly 80 albums under his name and was awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music.
Carolyn WonderlandTue, Oct 18 - Wed, Oct 19, 2016
“A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too! Produced by Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, Miss Understood focuses on tough yet vulnerable blues, but also captures the melodic soul of classic American song… No wonder Dylan is an avowed fan.” – Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald
Burt BacharachThu, Oct 20 - Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Bachrach is a composer extraordinaire whose elegant songwriting and blend of many forms (jazz, soul, bossa nova) made him a giant of contemporary pop music. Six-time Grammy award winner and three-time Academy award winner.
The CookersTue, Oct 25 - Wed, Oct 26, 2016
“This is the greatest jazz super-band working.” - C. Latimer, Detroit Metro Times
“A dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop.” - N. Chinen, The New York Times
Gerald AlbrightThu, Oct 27 - Sun, Oct 30, 2016
“Then there’s the most personable sax icon Gerald Albright, a true consummate mainstay in the business whose “Slam Dunk” release will continue to dazzle jazz/R&B lovers for years to come. Definitely catch his tour and album!” – TheSmoothJazzCruise.com
2015 Grammy Nomination for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album’ – his 8th Grammy nomination
John MayallThu, Nov 3 - Sun, Nov 6, 2016
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, "Godfather of British Blues" and 2016 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
Leo KottkeTue, Nov 8 - Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Acoustic guitar master known for his fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz and folk music.
Cherry Poppin' DaddiesTue, Nov 15 - Thu, Nov 17, 2016
Zoot suit riotin' swing rock band well-established before, but also swept up in, the 1990s new swing revival. Touring in support of their latest release The Boop-a-Doo!
Taj Mahal TrioFri, Nov 18 - Sun, Nov 27, 2016
(*Closed Mon, Nov 21st & Thanksgiving)
Blues and roots music favorite - an international treasure!