Charles Lloyd looks backward and forward over his life in music when he celebrates his 85th birthday with his New Quartet, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis considers the works and legacy of musician and activist Max Roach on his centennial.
Personal reflections about recovery and rising from the ashes take center stage when Lakecia Benjamin and Phoenix perform selections from their self-titled album. Cécile McLorin Salvant brings her theatricality, intellect, and incomparable vocal talent to her multilingual song cycle Melusine. Miho Hazama and her m_unit big band make an exciting debut at Berklee Performance Center, with Hazama conducting her own compositions.
This season, game-changing Cuban musicians team up for thrilling collaborations and double bills. Percussionist Dafnis Prieto makes his first outing as a lyricist for Cantar, a tour and album featuring brilliant, soulful Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza. Legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and folkloric percussion star Pedrito Martinez share a double bill. And Chucho Valdés returns alongside renowned vocalist Dianne Reeves and saxophone titan Joe Lovano in the long-awaited DUETS, at the very end of the season.
Save the Date
Jazz Along the Charles takes over the DCR Charles River Esplanade on October 7, for a fun free concert. Twenty-five ensembles perform the same playlist, curated by Ken Field and Zahili Zamora, featuring songs with a connection to Boston, Massachusetts, or New England that were written by or about, or made famous by women.