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.


Series Events

Friday, October 28, 2011 | 10 PM
Joe Lovano Us Five
Zankel Hall


  • Joe Lovano, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
  • James Weidman, Piano
  • Esperanza Spalding, Bass
  • Francisco Mela, Drums
  • Otis Brown III, Drums
"Monk's Mood"
Joe Lovano
Blue Note
Saturday, December 3, 2011 | 10 PM
Ambrose Akinmusire Big Band
Zankel Hall
Friday, February 3, 2012 | 10 PM
Ben Allison
Zankel Hall


  • 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
Ben Allison
Friday, March 9, 2012 | 10 PM
Gretchen Parlato
Lionel Loueke
Zankel Hall


  • Gretchen Parlato, Vocals
  • Lionel Loueke, Guitar
  • Special Guest Becca Stevens, Vocals, Ukulele, Guitar, Charango and African Harp
"In a Dream"
Gretchen Parlato
Saturday, April 21, 2012 | 10 PM
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Zankel Hall


  • Rudresh Mahanthappa, Alto Saxophone and Laptop
  • David Gilmore, Electric Guitar
  • Rich Brown, Electric Bass
  • Anantha R. Krishnan, Mridangam
  • Gene Lake, Drums
Playing With Stones
Rudresh Mahanthappa
Act Music & Vision

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