JFK Center Announces 2012-2013 Season

New club, comedy show, New Orleans and Nordic shows, and more on the schedule

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has announced its 2012-2013 jazz season, featuring more than 70 performances including the Heath Brothers, Kurt Elling, Dave Holland, Regina Carter, Charles Lloyd, NEA Jazz Masters Jack DeJohnette and Kenny Barron, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Nnenna Freelon, Gretchen Parlato and Roseanna Vitro. The upcoming programming marks the first season to reflect the new leadership of pianist/composer Jason Moran, who was recently named the Center’s new Artistic Advisor for Jazz.

In addition to the above artists, the season will feature unconventional An Evening of Comedy & Music with David Alan Grier and Jason Moran, plus concerts presented in the Kennedy Center’s new Supersized Jazz Club. This new performance space, housed in the Center’s Atrium, will feature a dance floor, sofas, chairs and open seating. The Supersized Jazz Club will present concerts by Medeski Martin &Wood, Soulive and a free presentation of Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party featuring Meshell Ndegeocello.

The season also presents performances in the Center’s KC Jazz Club featuring the Anat Cohen Quartet, Matt Wilson, Fred Hersch, Mulgrew Miller, Monk Competition winner Kris Bowers, and more. The Center’s more expansive Terrace Theater will feature artists such as Danilo Pérez, Anthony Braxton and Eddie Palmieri.

Other season highlights include an Election Night Jam with Jason Moran and the Bandwagon on November 6, and The Music of New Orleans, featuring The New Orleans Bingo! Show with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jason Marsalis in the KC Jazz Club, as well as other acts to be presented on the Millennium Stage. The Kennedy Center’s Nordic Cool 2013 festival, which will take place during February and March of next year, features several jazz artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Annual events such as NPR’s A Jazz Piano Christmas, The Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, A Jazz New Year’s Eve and Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead complete the season.

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