Thursday, February 11th at 7:30 PM
The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Theatre department in association with The Ritz Theatre presents..."Radio Golf"! The last play in August Wilson's famous Pittsburgh Cycle, this piece explores the life of up and coming mayoral candidate Harmond Wilkes, a charming and powerful African-American politician running for the highest office of his career. On the brink of an almost guaranteed win, Wilkes finds himself at a crossroads between his ambition and the place where he was born. Will he follow the plan for success or do what is morally correct? He learns what the price of his success will cost, and had to decide if he is willing to pay it..
“Radio Golf” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Directed by Wayne Bennett in association with the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.
Friday, February 12th at 7:30 PM
The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Theatre department in association with The Ritz Theatre presents..."Radio Golf"! The last play in August Wilson's famous Pittsburgh Cycle, this piece explores the life of up and coming mayoral candidate Harmond Wilkes, a charming and powerful African-American politician running for the highest office of his career. On the brink of an almost guaranteed win, Wilkes finds himself at a crossroads between his ambition and the place where he was born. Will he follow the plan for success or do what is morally correct? He learns what the price of his success will cost, and had to decide if he is willing to pay it.
Saturday, February 13th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 20th at 8 PM
Famed jazz musician, composer, poet and bandleader Sun Ra was born on May 22, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama. He began performing professionally as a teen and, after moving to Chicago in 1945, immersed himself in jazz and the blues. Along the way, Sun Ra was influenced by space, religion and radical social movements—all of which found their way into his music. A prolific composer and record label owner, he took to wearing colorful, outlandish costumes with his band members.
After Sun Ra left the planet, the Arkestra was led by tenor saxophonist John Gilmore. The spirit of Sun Ra is alive and well in the present day manifestation of the Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall featuring a mix of classic Sun Ra compositions and arrangements alongside Marshall's own compositions and arrangements that are deeply rooted in the spirit of Sun Ra. Along with leading the Arkestra, Marshall plays the alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, kora, and EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument). He is internationally recognized as the premier avant-garde saxophonist on the planet.
Friday, February 26th @ 8 PM
The winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition is Jazzmeia Horn. Originally from Dallas, Ms. Horn, 23, is a singer with a smart, steadfast connection to the jazz-vocal tradition, as defined by predecessors like Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan. Since moving to New York in 2009 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, she has been a regular presence on the club scene, often with her band, the Artistry of Jazz Horn.Two years ago Ms. Horn won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, in Newark. As the winner of the Monk Competition she will receive a $25,000 music scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.
Thursday, March 3rd at 7 PM
It’s hard to think of another African-American violin player to make their mark in popular music, so classically trained South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who go by the name Black Violin are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture, “Brandenburg” and “Breakdown,” into a single genre-busting act.
The band’s most recent album, Classically Trained, is the follow-up to their 2007 self-titled debut on their own Di-Versatile Music Group label, which is as good an introduction to their groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music.
The N.Y. Times describes them as, “Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars.” In 2013, they were voted Top 5 New Band at SXSW.Buy TicketsWebsiteVideo
Friday, March 11th @ 8 PM
Wayne Tucker is a 27 year old Trumpet/Composer/Arranger/Teacher from Syracuse, NY. He is a full-time professional musician based in New York City and a 2009 graduate of the Jazz Studies program at SUNY Purchase under the direction of Todd Coolman. He has played with many of today’s current jazz stars like Bob Mintzer, Cyrille Aimee and Delfayo Marsalis, pop legend Elvis Costello and even the popular Haitian band Djet-X. He has performed at some of the world’s greatest venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. He has studied under many great trumpeters including George Coble, Jon Faddis, Scott Wendholt and Jim Rotondi.
Thursday, March 31st at 7:30 PM
Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher at the University of Miami.
Cécile performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard and composes music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language as well as in Spanish. She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals accompanied by renowned musicians like Jean-Francois Bonnel, Rodney Whitaker, Aaron Diehl, Dan Nimmer, Sadao Watanabe, Jacky Terrasson (she was the guest singer on his latest album, Gouache), Archie Shepp, and Jonathan Batiste. She is the voice of Chanel's "Chance" ad campaign for the third consecutive year. In August 2012, Cécile recorded WomanChild for the Mack Avenue Label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley and James Chirillo. Cécile's WomanChild was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Saturday, April 9th at 8 PM
One of the best-selling instrumentalists of the late '80s to mid-'90s, Najee has been a consistent favorite in the quiet storm and so-called "smooth jazz" markets. Often compared to Kenny G, George Howard, and Dave Koz, the New Yorker has been greatly influenced by Grover Washington Jr. -- although he hasn't been nearly as adventurous. Heavily produced and quite formulaic, Najee's albums have tended to avoid improvisation and strive for commercial radio airplay above all else. Debuting in 1987 with Najee's Theme, Najee was an immediate hit in the new adult contemporary (NAC) market.
Similar pop/urban jazz dates like 1988's Day By Day and 1990's Tokyo Blue did nothing to jeopardize his niche on smooth jazz radio. Onstage, Najee takes some risks and stretches out more. Morning Tenderness was released in 1998, followed by Love Songs (2000), Embrace (2003), My Point of View (2005), True Spirit (with John Grant, Victor Williams, and Dennis Chambers in 2006), Rising Sun (2007), and Mind Over Matter (2009). In 2012,Najee released his 14th studio album, The Smooth Side of Soul, featuring the track "First Kiss," a collaboration with R&B vocalist Phil Perry. Najee returned in 2013 with The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey which included the song "Shinjuku," a tribute to the late jazz keyboard legend George Duke.
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