25th Annual Jazz Series

(Multiple Venues) : Wed 10/10/18 7:30PM - Sun 4/14/19 4:00PM

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25th Annual Jazz Series

Four concerts in Hill Auditorium & Michigan Theater

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An Evening with Pat Metheny Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
An Evening with Pat Metheny

His trademark style reinvented the way a new generation of musicians plays the guitar. Metheny continually embraces new technology to evolve his sounds, even helping to develop new kinds of guitars along the way. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Milton Nascimento, and David Bowie. With brilliant compositions embracing everything from modern jazz to rock to classical, it’s no surprise that he was recently named a 2018 NEA Jazz Master — or that he was the youngest member and only the fourth guitarist to be inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame. He is joined by his longtime drummer Antonio Sánchez, Malaysian-Australian bassist Linda Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock.

Big Band Holidays
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Big Band Holidays</em><br>
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra<br>
with Wynton Marsalis

With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, this concert features swinging JLCO instrumentals as well as imaginative new versions of classics like “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Baby” performed by two special guest vocalists: Veronica Swift and Vuyo Sotashe, both distinctive young talents who have been major hits when performing in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s smaller venues in New York. This concert is sure to bring some yuletide cheer to your holiday season.

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
with special guest Lucinda Williams Saturday, December 8, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels<br>
with special guest Lucinda Williams

Lloyd has recently put together a new band, The Marvels, featuring Bill Frisell on guitar and pedal steel guitar master Greg Leisz alongside his longtime collaborators Eric Harland (drums) and Reuben Rogers (bass). He returns to UMS with modern folk icon Lucinda Williams, who fronts the band with selections from their most recent Blue Note release, I Long to See You, a collection of songs that range from traditional hymns to anti-war folk protests to re-envisioned originals that appeared on Lloyd’s earlier recordings.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour
Cécile McLorin Salvant Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour<br>
Cécile McLorin Salvant

A young jazz star with an old soul and the hottest voice in American jazz right now, Cécile McLorin Salvant grew up in Miami, the daughter of a French mother and Haitian father. In 2010, she took time off from her studies as a French law major with a promising career in Baroque opera to audition for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition as a complete unknown. With her gorgeous, plummy sound and her innate ability to embody the lyrics she is performing, she won the contest hands down. Wynton Marsalis became a champion, hiring her to front the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra shortly thereafter, and her latest album, Dreams and Daggers, won the 2018 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.