Jazz Discovery Series: Warren Wolf
Friday, December 11th @ 8 PM
Writing for the New York Daily News on October 15, 2011, Greg Thomas said of his CD "Warren Wolf": "To say that Warren Wolf's Mack Avenue debut is auspicious would be an understatement. No doubt, this is one of the best of the year in jazz." His other notable recordings as a leader are “Incredible Jazz Vibes” (2005) (featuring Mulgrew Miller on piano, Vicente Archer on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums), and "Black Wolf" (2009) (featuring Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rodney Whitaker on bass, and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums).
Sunday, December 20th @ 5PM
TDE Presents: 'Something Miraculous'
Dee is engaged to David (played by Rodney Staten). Marcus is Dee and David's attorney and longtime friend whom David admires. Come to find out Dee and Marcus were once together 17years ago and supposedly conceived a child together.
David is just finding out that his longtime friend and attorney slept with his fiancée Dee.
The truth will come out in this episode because the daughter is fighting for her life and in need of a liver transplant and the father can save her…if we can find him.
A-TrainLIVE: The Experience! w/Rodney Perry
Friday, August 19th at 8p
This unique comedy experience will allow guests an opportunity to enjoy live bands or the city’s hottest DJ’s in a pleasant atmosphere, as A-Train plays host to some of the funniest comedians from around the country. Expect a brief Q&A session with the headliners, at the end of each show, which allows audience members to gain a more intimate understanding of the men and women behind the jokes.
(HBO, BET, Showtime), comedian, actor and writer. Most known as co-host on BET's late night talk show The Mo'Nique Show. He also co-hosted Bill Bellamy's Who's Got Jokes? He also appeared on Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza, Starz Network's Martin Lawrence Presents First Amendment Stand-Up, E! Network's Chelsea Lately and Byron Allen's Comics Unleashed. On the big screen, Perry joined Tyler Perry and a host of stars in Tyler Perry's 2011 film Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family.
Thursday, September 8th at 5 PM
Puttin' On the Ritz
Friday, Sept 9th at 7:30 PM
The show formerly known as Amateur Night has a new name, but it's still the same great show! Introducing 'Puttin' On the Ritz! Each month we’ll have amazing performances; electrifying music by DJ Chill Will; you never know what to expect from show host Octavius Davis; and...YOU! The liveliest audience in the south can still applaud or boo contestants as they compete for prizes. this isn't just a talent show…it’s Puttin' On the Ritz!
Sponsored by Cricket Wireless, Beach Blvd Flea Market and HOT 99.5 FM!
Jazz Discovery Series Presents: Sofija Knezevic
Friday, September 23rd at 8
This season, the Jazz Discovery Series will take residence in the theatre’s prestigious lobby space; which is where the Ritz previously held its popular Jazz Jamm series in early to mid-2000.
Recognized as one of jazz's pre-eminent vocalists, young Sofija Knezevic is one of the most significant singers in jazz today. While her singing is steeped in tradition, her improvisational virtuosity and creativity are breathtaking. Sofija graduated from University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, in the class of Dena De Rose. She has won many awards and scholarships including the Marianne Mendt Jazz Award,Tesla Award for the achievements in Music, Unesco Scholarship for young talents, Golden Siren award, and was recently chosen in 2013 for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program which identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists and composers.
Friday, October 7th at 7:30p
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Lift Ev'ry Voice & Sing: HBCU Choir Concert
Sunday, October 9th at 5p
A one night concert event that highlights three of the most prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the state of Florida. Together for a special occasion, this premier event will also pay tribute to Jacksonville’s favorite sons, James Weldon and John Rosemond Johnson, with a collaborative closeout performance of Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing. Stop by the Museum to learn more about the history of the Johnson brothers.
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m.
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut, The Inevitable. The group has a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Their album, Hot, has sold over 1.3 million copies.
Thursday, November 3rd
Recently seen on the BET awards in June, Bilal has been topping the charts since his first deal with Interscope and his debut album, 1st Born Second. One of its three singles, "Soul Sista," peaked at number 18 on the R&B singles chart, while "Fast Lane" -- co-written with Damu and Faulu Mtume (the sons of James Mtume and two of the singer's earliest supporters) -- narrowly missed the Top 40.
Friday, November 4th at 7:30p
Friday, November 11th
Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja has been fascinating audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble, recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014) and is touring with her soulful music.
Class Act Promotions Presents: Not In This House
This inspirational stage play focuses on a journey of faith, grace, and endurance as a family is facing and overcoming the trials of life determining to maintain and keep order in “the house”.
This debut production is written and directed by Toy Nealey.
Puttin' On the Ritz--Semi Finals
November 18th at 7:30p
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Jazz Discovery Series Presents: Patrick Bartley
Thursday, December 1st at 7p
Patrick Bartley, Jr. is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer/arranger from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, now gaining recognition as an emerging artist in New York City. Patrick has recorded and performed and alongside such renowned musicians as Louis Hayes, Jonathan Batiste, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Coffin, and Wynton Marsalis, and has performed at world-renowned venues such as The STAPLES Center, Madison Square Garden, and The Black Sea Jazz Festival.
Puttin' On the Ritz--Finals
Friday, December 2nd at 7:30p
Saturday, November 3rd
Back to Jacksonville for a third time, it’s hard to think of any other African-American violin players who have made their mark in popular music. 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, such as they did with Brandenburg and Breakdown, into a single genre-busting act.
A Peter White Christmas
Sunday, December 11th at 7:30p
Peter White teams up again with 2 of the top artists in smooth jazz (Rick Braun and Euge Groove) to bring his annual Christmas show back to the Jacksonville, this time at The Ritz Theatre for a truly intimate set. Peter, Rick and Euge will play some of your Christmas favorites as well as their own personal hits.
Sunday, January 15th
Gospel, soul and R&B infused artist Liz Vice is from Portland, Oregon. With a love of story-telling, she has found herself going from working behind the scenes in the film and video world to behind the mic. Her music features dynamic, soulful vocals, with lyrics that are classically influenced enough to feel timeless and reference her deep-rooted spirituality.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Saturday, January 28th
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Sun Ra). Together they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, African and South America playing with a wide variety of artists including; Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed at Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall.
Jazz Discovery Series Presents: Christie Dashiell
Thursday, February 2nd at 7p
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Greenville, NC, contemporary jazz vocalist Christie N. Dashiell returned to hone her skills at Howard University and, later, The Manhattan School of Music. Dashiell’s history includes performances with Howard’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble, Afro-Blue. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center as a participant of the 2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency program, Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C, and as a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program.
Sweet Honey In the Rock
Friday, February 16
Sweet Honey In The Rock remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today; both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment. Currently consisting of members; Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress (who continues the group’s distinct and long-standing commitment to the deaf community) and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass, the group shares timeless melodies for people of all ages.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Sunday, February 19th at 7:30p
Jon Bon Jovi says that Southside Johnny is “his reason for singing.” The second band to break out of the 1970’s Jersey Shore music scene, Rolling Stone calls their album Hearts of Stone one of the Top 100 albums of the 1970s and 1980s. Founded by Southside Johnny and Steve VanZandt (later of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and HBO’s The Sopranos), the Jukes still delight crowds with their hits “I Don’t Want to Go Home,” “Fever” and “Talk To Me.”
Thursday, February 23rd at 8p
Saxophonist Mindi Abair is one of the most dynamic performers on the music scene today. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, she was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. A Florida native and former University of North Florida student, Mindi has climbed the Jazz charts with 10 #1 singles. In 2013, Abair received a Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for Summer Horns, a #1 recording with her friends Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot, four of the most pre-eminent saxophonists in contemporary music.
A-TrainLIVE: The Experience! w/Ambrose Jones
Friday, February 24th at 8p
(NBC, Gotham Live, Laugh Factory) a touring comedian and semi-finalist of NBC's Last Comic Standing. He was one of Ellen Degeneres' favorites and Keenan Ivory Wayans called him the country Chris Rock. Ambrose has opened for some of the top names in comedy such as: Don (DC) Curry, Damon Williams, George Wilburn, Jay Anthony Brown, Deon Cole, Earthquake, Tyler Craig, and Eddie Griffin. He holds a number of comedy titles such as winner of The Stardome Comedy Competition, semifinalist in Nephew Tommy’s 50 Comic Deep Competition.
Friday, March 10th
Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was born in Panama, emigrated to New Orleans and then New York City, becoming a legendary pianist/bandleader/arranger/composer and Louis Armstrong’s long-time collaborator and musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering bassist/guitarist/vocalist and holder of advanced degrees from Julliard and Manhattan School of Music, who performed with international Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams and Ruth Brown. It is no surprise based on her pedigree, Catherine Russell is a one-of-a-kind musician and vocalist. A graduate of American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Catherine toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Paul Simon and many others.
Saturday, April 1st
This talented singer/songwriter started his career with humble beginnings busking and has since been leaving audiences spellbound with his live shows and unique style of slide guitar. Raised in rural England and with a musician father, Jack was brought up on a diet of music that could later be described as his main influences, including acts such as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix, and Robert Johnson.
Jazz Discovery Series Presents: Andrae Murchison
Saturday, April 8th at 8p
Known for his sweet tone and soulful trombone, Andrae Murchison is one of the most versatile and talented trombonist of his generation. AM holds on to his soulful roots in Savannah, Georgia where he grew up surrounded by traditional gospel music at home and in church. The power of the music touched his soul and was the beginning to his musical journey as a trombonist, composer and arranger.
Saturday, June 3rd at 8p
The Charles Turner Quartet has performed at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Generations in Jazz festival for 2 consecutive years. He also Released his Debut Album " Dreamers" Produced by Grammy Award winning Drummer Ulysses Owens at Jazz at Lincoln Center March 2014. Appearing next at Jazz at Lincoln Center, he will be a part of the 2015-16 Season at is Debut concert in the Appel Room in May 2016. Turner graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma on a full scholarship. During his time there Charles had the wonderful opportunity to study and perform with Grammy Award–winning drummer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Samuels, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Joanne Brackeen.
A-TrainLIVE: The Experience! w/Pete Lee
Friday, June 9th at 8p
(VH1, Comedy Central, NBC, CBS, CMT Next Big Comic, The Late Show, NFL Network, FUSE, MSN) comedian, actor, writer, Pete made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. He was later voted standout performer at Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made his television acting debut on the CBS Soap Opera As The World Turns. Pete has performed at more than 500 colleges across the country. He has a show on MSN.com called New York Minute:30. He is a writer and cast member on FUSE TV’s Video on Trial and the NFL Network’s Top 10’s. He is a cast member on VH1’s Best Week Ever.
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