D.C.’s Kennedy Center Announces 2015-16 Jazz Season

Jason Moran, Charles Lloyd, Jimmy Cobb and much more

Jimmy Cobb
Ambrose Akinmusire
Charles Lloyd at North Sea Jazz 2011

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has announced its 2015-2016 jazz season, under the leadership of Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran. More than 40 performances are scheduled, including two new series: JASON + and A Family Affair, as well as ongoing programs in its three main venues-the Terrace Theater, the KC Jazz Club, and the Crossroads Club. The artist roster features established artists such as Jimmy Cobb, Jimmy Heath, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano, Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, Carmen Lund, and Joshua Redman; as well as fast-rising young talents like Ambrose Akinmusire, Integriti Reeves, Marquis Hill, Matthew Whitaker, and Peter and Will Anderson.

JASON +, according to a press release, ” showcases Moran in a number of cross-discipline collaborations and venues-from his leading role in conceptualizing, curating, and performing in Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media on the Kennedy Center Plaza; to a performance of beloved tunes by Gershwin with the NSO Pops and celebrated mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, Jason’s wife, in the Concert Hall; to a dueling piano crossover concert with classical pianist Jeremy Denk in the Terrace Theater, presented in collaboration with Washington Performing Arts; and other creative partnerships across genres. With each collaboration, Jason showcases a new approach for creating, performing, and programming art.”

The other new series, A Family Affair, “highlights the longstanding history of jazz artists in the same family, either performing together or as legacy artists. Familial connections between artists run deep in the jazz world, and exemplify the importance and value of tradition in the genre,” the release says.

Other shows include:

Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band

Featuring Liberty Ellman, Michael Olatuja, Abdou Mboup, and Otis Brown III

Ambrose Akinmusire

World Premiere Commission

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival

Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9

Duke Ellington School of the Arts, New Washingtonians

with Guest Integriti Reeves

A Jazz New Year’s Eve: Diane Schuur and Strings,

Celebrating Sinatra’s Centenary

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