Carnegie Hall Presents

The Shape of Jazz

 On this series, hear the most exciting jazz musicians around today: Joe Lovano with a new band that includes recent Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding; bassist Ben Allison; and sax player Rudresh Mahanthappa, to name a few.

 

Joe Lovano Us Five

Ambrose Akinmusire Big Band

Ben Allison

Gretchen Parlato
Lionel Loueke

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Joe Lovano Us Five

Zankel Hall
Friday, October 28, 2011 | 10 PM

Performers

Joe Lovano, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
James Weidman, Piano
Esperanza Spalding, Bass
Francisco Mela, Drums
Otis Brown III, Drums
The modern saxophone titan fronts his current progressive ensemble in a program that celebrates Charlie "Bird" Parker along with original works.

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"Monk's Mood"


Joe Lovano
Blue Note

Ambrose Akinmusire Big Band

Zankel Hall
Saturday, December 3, 2011 | 10 PM
Blue Note recording artist Ambrose Akinmusire brings his Big Band—including Marcus Strickland, Justin Brown, and Sean Jones—to Zankel Hall for its world-premiere performance.

Ben Allison

Zankel Hall
Friday, February 3, 2012 | 10 PM

Performers

Ben Allison, Bass
Michael Blake, Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet
Steve Cardenas, Guitar
Rudy Royston, Drums
Brandon Seabrook, Guitar and Banjo
Rogerio Boccato, Percussion
Joey Arias, Vocals
Bassist-composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his lyrical melodies, inventive grooves, and inspired arrangements, he seamlessly blends jazz, rock, folk, and world music into a cinematic, cohesive whole.

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"Platypus"


Ben Allison
Palmetto

Gretchen Parlato
Lionel Loueke

Zankel Hall
Friday, March 9, 2012 | 10 PM

Performers

Gretchen Parlato, Vocals
Lionel Loueke, Guitar
Special Guest Becca Stevens, Vocals, Ukulele, Guitar, Charango and African Harp
Two of today's most innovative voices in jazz showcase a special project as they continue their journey of sharing the stage.

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"In a Dream"


Gretchen Parlato
ObliqSound

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Zankel Hall
Saturday, April 21, 2012 | 10 PM

Performers

Rudresh Mahanthappa, Alto Saxophone and Laptop
David Gilmore, Electric Guitar
Rich Brown, Electric Bass
Anantha R. Krishnan, Mridangam
Gene Lake, Drums
Alto saxophonist of the year (DownBeat Critics Poll and Jazz Journalist Association), Rudresh Mahanthappa presents the New York premiere of the Samdhi Suite in its complete form. This striking electro-acoustic work combines the complex melodic and rhythmic elements of Carnatic (South Indian) music with jazz in ways previously unheard. "Fusion has never sounded like this before" (All Music Guide).

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Playing With StonesRudresh Mahanthappa
Act Music & Vision