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Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces 2016-17 Jazz Series Lineup

Kicking off Nov. 6 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Snarky Puppy 2013
Herbie Hancock delivers keynote address at the Jazz Education Network conference, San Diego, 1-15
Cecile McLorin Salvant, London Jazz Festival, Nov. 2015

Kicking off the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s four-concert Jazz Series on Nov. 6 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Calif., will be saxophonist Kamasi Washington, as well as the Ron McCurdy Quartet performing Langston Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” a 12-part poem.

On Feb. 19, the L.A. Phil’s creative chair for jazz, pianist Herbie Hancock, will perform with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, trumpeter Terence Blanchard and the L.A. Phil. Together, they will perform Blanchard’s Herbie Hancock: By Himself, “based on several of Hancock’s improvised, impressionistic piano solos transcribed by Blanchard and arranged for orchestra,” according to a press release. Snarky Puppy is scheduled to open the evening.

On March 10, the Aaron Diehl Trio and Cécile McLorin Salvant will pay tribute to Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin. And Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party will bring “the legacy of singer-pianist Fats Waller into the 21st century with a mix of funk, hip-hop and dance,” according to the release.

Sondheim & Jazz: Side by Side, featuring pianist Bill Charlap, pianist-composer Renee Rosnes and singer Ann Hampton Callaway, will wrap up the 2016-17 Jazz Series on May 7. That same night, pianist-composer Dave Grusin will present his jazz interpretation of West Side Story.

For more information, visit laphil.com.