Kenny GThu, Apr 28 - Sun, May 1, 2016
ALL SHOWS SOLD OUT!
Contemporary sax master Kenny G joins us for four nights and eight shows saluting the bossa nova in support of his new release Brazilian Nights.
Joey DeFrancesco TrioTue, May 3 - Wed, May 4, 2016
Grammy-nominated master of the Hammond B3 organ touring in support of his new release Trip Mode.
Abdullah Ibrahim and EkayaThu, May 5 - Sun, May 8, 2016
Iconic South African jazz pianist/composer/bandleader with his dreamy septet
SWOJO, Gail Pettis and the
Mon, May 9, 2016
Ten O’Clock Quartet celebrate women in jazz to Save KPLU!
Cyrus Chestnut TrioTue, May 10 - Wed, May 11, 2016
Brilliant swinging pianist! What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space.” – Time Magazine
Bettye LaVette with opener Walter “Wolfman” WashingtonThu, May 12 - Sun, May 15, 2016
Bettye is one of the most incredible R&B singers singing today. Ache has never sounded so funky. Weary, wise, defiant and vulnerable, Betty’s a force of nature.” – Bonnie Raitt Wolfman searing guitar work and soulful vocals are an icon of the Crescent City.
Selwyn Birchwood BandTue, May 17 - Wed, May 18, 2016
Guitar and lap-steel playing bundle of pure energy who delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma.
Donald HarrisonSPECIAL: $10 COVER
Tue, May 24 - Wed, May 25, 2016
Grammy-nominated soprano saxophonist and King of noveau swing
Arturo SandovalThu, May 26 - Sun, May 29, 2016
10x Grammy-winning dynamic Cuban trumpet master and 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award Recipient!
Tuck and PattiTue, May 31 - Wed, Jun 1, 2016
For over three decades, this unique vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs, and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists.
Lisa Fischer and Grand BatonThu, Jun 2 - Sun, Jun 5, 2016
Ms. Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight at last. After four decades of singing background for icons like the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is finally offering her own humble, heartfelt song, accompanied by her inventive new band Grand Baton. The unexpected success of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey.
The Bad PlusTue, Jun 7 - Wed, Jun 8, 2016
“Audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio crunches and at times pulverizes swing to let improvisational freedom shine...Dynamics play a huge roll in the act's music, as does humor, an element sorely lacking in most of contemporary jazz. But beauty is also key... jazz purists tremble while the vanguard flocks.” - Billboard
Al Di Meola Elegant Gypsy Meets Romantic Warrior Electric TourThu, Jun 9 - Sun, Jun 12, 2016
A bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order.
Anthony Strong TrioMon, Jun 13, 2016
“A new, genuine, male jazz singer!” - Jazz House, BBC Radio
Fred Hersch and Anat Cohen DuoTue, Jun 14 - Wed, Jun 15, 2016
"…the most arrestingly innovative pianist over the last decade or so." — Tad Hendrickson, Vanity Fair
What’s not to love about a young clarinetist and saxophonist who plays everything we love—modern jazz, world music, “hot” New Orleans style jazz—and does it all brilliantly? – The Wall Street Journal
Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory HutchinsonThu, Jun 16 - Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Grammy-nominated roaringly beautiful jazz sax player and composer
STANTON MOORE ft. David Torkanowsky & James Singleton w/ Cyril NevilleTue, Jun 21 - Wed, Jun 22, 2016
Funky jazz drummer with southern soul singer
Acoustic AlchemyThu, Jun 23 - Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Pushing the limits of the acoustic guitar’s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond since 1987.
Ana PopovicMon, Jun 27 - Tue, Jun 28, 2016
The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. On tour in support of her new release TRIOLOGY.
Steve Tyrell -
Wed, Jun 29 - Sun, Jul 3, 2016
Songs of Sinatra
“The warm and fuzzy baritone of Steve Tyrell can always be counted on to add the right romantic touch to an evening of songs.” International Review of Music
Greg Adams and East Bay SoulTue, Jul 5 - Thu, Jul 7, 2016
Greg Adams is the driving force behind East Bay Soul. The expansive ensemble is a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul, playing for over forty years.
Boney JamesFri, Jul 8 - Sun, Jul 10, 2016
"The relaxed charisma of Mr. James’ tone is one reason his approach works.... another reason is his sturdy sense of phrase. Like Grover Washington, Jr., a pioneer in this field, he sounds at ease but alert, and he’s capable of striking an imploring tone without an overdose of saccharine.” - New York Times
Pearl Django with Special Guest Don StiernbergTue, Jul 12 - Wed, Jul 13, 2016
Seattle gypsy jazz favorites joined by one of the best mandolinists in the country
Sergio Mendes: 50 Years – Celebration of Brazil ‘66Thu, Jul 14 - Sun, Jul 17, 2016
One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum, and he’s a three-time Grammy Award winner.
Buckwheat ZydecoTue, Jul 19 - Wed, Jul 20, 2016
“Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics…propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.” - The New York Times
The Rippingtons featuring Russ FreemanThu, Jul 21 - Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Started by guitarist Russ Freeman in 1985, The Rippingtons are a Grammy-nominated American contemporary jazz band celebrating its Twenty-fifth anniversary.
Albert Lee with Special Guest Kate TaylorTue, Jul 26 - Wed, Jul 27, 2016
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.
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 the family band!
"One of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music." – The New York Times
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
Tower of PowerTue, Sep 6 - Wed, Sep 7, 2016
Legendary funk, groove and urban soul specialists!
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
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
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.
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
Leo KottkeTue, Nov 8 - Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Acoustic guitar master known for his fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz and folk music.