Benny Green Trio with David Wong and Kenny Washington

Monday, June 24, 7:00 PM   LIVE RECORDING PROJECT! Benny Green Trio with David Wong and Kenny Washington Sponsored by Gordon and Teresa Pusser, Swift Street ArtWorkSpace $22/Adv  $25/Door per night 1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR WITH VALID I.D. Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “(Benny’s playing)… it’s enough to snap your head around.” – The Chicago Reader.com Twenty years after Benny Green recorded Bass Face at Kuumbwa, marking his debut as a talented young pianist with the legendary Ray Brown Trio, he returns to record again, this time as the leader of his own trio. His long-time drummer, Kenny Washington, a respected “keeper of the hard bop flame,” and ace bassist David Wong, demonstrate a flair for tasteful swinging that burns brightly under Green’s own flawless, two-handed technique and imaginative, one-of-a-kind improvisations. Green’s keyboard genius has accompanied the vocal artistry of Betty Carter, served in the ranks of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and, ultimately, replaced the great Gene Harris in bassist Ray Brown’s trio. Don’t miss this milestone two-day event culminating in a Live at Kuumbwa CD!...
Marcia Ball

Marcia Ball

Monday, May 20, 7:00 PM Marcia Ball $24/Adv  $27/Door No Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Sponsored by Joyce Nordquist “…a formidable musical force.” – Billboard Pianist and singer/songwriter Marcia Ball is a living example of what happens when East Texas blues meets Southwest Louisiana swamp rock. Like any good gumbo recipe, Ball stirs together the best of her southern roots — equal parts zydeco, soulful swampy R&B and rollicking southern blues — to make into her own original and tasty sound. With passionate vocals and rollicking, inspired piano playing, Ball is sure to rock the house with material from her latest album, 2011’s Roadside Attraction. Her band on this date will also feature local blues guitar hero Mighty Mike Schermer!...

Benny Green Trio with David Wong and Kenny Washington

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 PM LIVE RECORDING PROJECT! Benny Green Trio with David Wong and Kenny Washington Sponsored by Gordon and Teresa Pusser, Swift Street ArtWorkSpace $22/Adv  $25/Door per night 1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR WITH VALID I.D.  $10 AT THE DOOR FOR SECOND SET, BEGINNING AT 8:30 PM. Be a part of the live recording experience tonight with the Benny Green Trio and have your applause be immortalized on record! The band sounded amazing last night, so don’t miss tonight’s show! Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “(Benny’s playing)… it’s enough to snap your head around.” – The Chicago Reader.com Twenty years after Benny Green recorded Bass Face at Kuumbwa, marking his debut as a talented young pianist with the legendary Ray Brown Trio, he returns to record again, this time as the leader of his own trio. His long-time drummer, Kenny Washington, a respected “keeper of the hard bop flame,” and ace bassist David Wong, demonstrate a flair for tasteful swinging that burns brightly under Green’s own flawless, two-handed technique and imaginative, one-of-a-kind improvisations. Green’s keyboard genius has accompanied the vocal artistry of Betty Carter, served in the ranks of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and, ultimately, replaced the great Gene Harris in bassist Ray Brown’s trio. Don’t miss this milestone two-day event culminating in a Live at Kuumbwa CD!...
Vijay Iyer Trio

Vijay Iyer Trio

Saturday, March 16, 7:30 PM Vijay Iyer Trio $22/Adv $25/Door Doors and dinner at 6:30 PM ½ Price Night for Students After hours – bar open late! “…one of the most acclaimed pianists in jazz.” – Los Angeles Times As if a 2011 Grammy nomination wasn’t proof enough, Vijay Iyer has been called “the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years” (The Village Voice) and one of “today’s most important pianists” (The New Yorker). Needless to say, 2012 was a banner year for Iyer, who topped five categories in the DownBeat Critics Poll. March of last year saw the release of his album Accelerando, an intense and visceral album of original compositions and re-imagined covers. Iyer will be performing material from this album and beyond, with his current trio....