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2017 - 2018 Jazz Club Series

Rehearsal Hall • Presented by Jefferson Center
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 10:00am - Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 11:59pm

Guests of the Jazz Club performances enjoy desserts and coffee, provided by Kroger.


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Nate Smith and Kinfolk  10.7.17 @ 7pm & 9pm

Nate Smith has built the quintessential resume of jazz, playing alongside its greats and rising stars alike. Now with his first solo album, Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere , Nate steps into the same limelight he’s so patiently helped cultivated for others--and so richly deserves himself. “Listen now to a future legend,” writes José James. “Nate Smith has it all: power, finesse, style and beats for days. He is truly one of the finest drummers in the world whether playing jazz,  hip-hop, rock or R&B.”

Ranky Tanky 11.4.17 @ 7pm & 9pm

This Charleston, SC based quintet transforms the hymns, party anthems and children’s songs of the Gullah tradition of the Georgia/Carolina sea islands into infectiously rocking numbers. Quiana Parler is a big-voiced, joyful singer; Charlton Singleton is a marvelous trumpeter; and Clay Ross stitches everything together with his introductions and unusual rhythm-guitar solos. These renowned musicians share a 20-year history and have reunited again for music that will send shockwaves through your soul--in the best of ways.

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet 12.2.17 @ 7pm & 9pm

Following his starring role on David Bowie’s Blackstar, he is fast-becoming the most influential drummer of the new jazz movement. Mark Guiliana creates an entirely new vernacular on the instrument – blending acoustic drums alongside electronic elements, gaining “a cult of admiration” in the process, according to the New York Times. Mark has toured the world with artists including Brad Mehldau, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen,
Matisyahu, and more.

Melissa Aldana 2.17.18 @ 7pm & 9pm

Chilean native Melissa Aldana is the 2013 Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, one of the most compelling and prodigious tenor saxophonists of her time. She follows up her 2014 Concord release Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio with the explorative and deeply swinging Back Home, with Pablo Menares on bass and the in-demand Jochen Rueckerton drums, bringing a supple and unpredictable rhythmic élan to the session. The three project an uncommonly full orchestral sound, rich in spiritual intensity, all in the absence of a harmony instrument.

Chad Eby - Brandon Lee Quintet 3.10.18 @ 7pm & 9pm

Two virtuosos. One stage. Chad Eby and Brandon Lee’s Quartet internalizes the power of the first 100+ years of jazz, then channels it into their own compositions and surprising interpretations. Saxophonist/composer Chad Eby has earned widespread acclaim with a “tone [that] is  boundless, blues-inflected, and wholly satisfying” (AllAboutJazz.com). Trumpeter Brandon Lee, the youngest jazz faculty member at The Juilliard School for a reason, plays “from the deepest grotto of your heart’s core.”

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul 4.7.18 @ 7pm & 9pm

Hailed by The New York Times as an auteur and by JazzTimes as “a daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles filters calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean musics into a modern jazz conception. Etienne is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet and Teacher Scholar at Michigan State University, and has been written into U.S. Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World.

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