Carnegie Hall Presents

The Shape of Jazz

From the Cape of South Africa to Colombia, this series showcases pulse-quickening jazz on a global scale. Kesivan and the Lights bring their high-octane Cape jazz to town for their Zankel Hall debut. Ryan Truesdall’s Gil Evans Project presents works by one of jazz’s great visionaries, composer-arranger Gil Evans. Colombian harp master Edmar Castañeda and his trio dazzle with virtuosity and their soulful improvisations. Finally, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band touch the heart with their lyrical groove.

Kesivan and The Lights

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project

Edmar Castañeda Trio

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Kesivan and The Lights

Zankel Hall
Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 8:30 PM

Performers

Kesivan and The Lights
·· Kesivan Naidoo, Drums and Percussion
·· Justin Bellairs, Soprano and Alto Saxophones
·· Kyle Shepherd, Piano
·· Reza Khota, Guitar
·· Shane Cooper, Bass
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Feya Faku, Trumpet and Flagelhorn
Kesivan Naidoo is one of the exciting leaders of the next wave of Cape jazz performers. A composer and drummer, Naidoo leads a fiery quintet that is equally exciting when playing a standard or an original composition, or covering an Ornette Coleman tune. Kesivan and The Lights make their New York debut in this concert.

Listen

"Toyi-Toyi"

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Kesivan and The Lights

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Project

The Colors Gil Found: Works for Large Ensemble

Zankel Hall
Friday, November 14, 2014 | 10 PM

Performers

Gil Evans Project
Ryan Truesdell, Conductor
Composer-producer Ryan Truesdell’s acclaimed Gil Evans Project presents previously unrecorded works of pioneering jazz composer-arranger Gil Evans, along with authentic renderings of his better-known works, giving new life to one of the jazz idiom’s greatest writers.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

Listen

Gil Evans's Waltz / Variation on the Misery / So Long

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Ryan Truesdell | Gil Evans Project
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Edmar Castañeda Trio

Zankel Hall
Friday, March 6, 2015 | 9:30 PM

Performers

Edmar Castañeda, Llanera Harp
Shlomi Cohen, Saxophone
David Silliman, Drums and Percussion
with Special Guest Andrea Tierra, Vocals
When Colombian harp virtuoso Edmar Castañeda plays, it’s hard to believe only one man and not a trio of harpists is performing. Castañeda’s remarkable technique—he plays lead, rhythm, and bass lines all at once—is equaled only by his soulful improvisations. He leads his acclaimed global jazz trio in this concert.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

Listen

"Libertango"

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Edmar Castañeda, Colombian Harp
Arpa Y Voz Productions

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Zankel Hall
Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 9 PM

Performers

Brian Blade, Drums
Jon Cowherd, Piano
Chris Thomas, Bass
Melvin Butler, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Myron Walden, Alto Saxophone and Bass Clarinet
Drummer and composer Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band create a hauntingly lyrical and pastoral jazz style uniquely their own.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

Listen

"The Undertow"

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band
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