Presented by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, the River City Jazz Masters announces its 2019-2020 musical season. You can expect performances from jazz powerhouses Eddie Palmieri Quintet, Eric Alexander Quartet, Nicholas Payton Quartet and Jazzmeia Horn.
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Eddie Palmieri Quintet – October 16, 2019
Ten time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri brings his quintet to Baton Rouge on October 16, 2019. Commonly thought of as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Palmieri is also a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. The NEA Fellowship is the highest honor that the US bestows on jazz artists, according to Arts.gov. Palmieri’s musical style combines the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.
Eric Alexander Quartet – November 19, 2019
On November 19, 2019, bop-based jazz saxophonist Eric Alexander will showcase the power of his quartet. After placing second behind Joshua Redman in the 1991 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, Alexander entered into the professional jazz musician life. His musical journey took him to south Chicago where he played with organ trios. He made his recording debut in 1991 with Charles Earland on Muse Records and cut his first album as leader in 1992 (Straight Up for Delmark).
Nicholas Payton Quartet – January 29, 2020
Jazz trumpeter and pianist Nicholas Payton is a New Orleans native and Grammy Award winner. He comes to the Capitol City with his groove-oriented approach to jazz on January 29, 2020. Payton toured the world with Ray Brown and Elvin Jones. Also, he claims a long list of collaborations including Trey Anastasio, Ray Charles, Daniel Lanois, Dr. John, Stanley Jordan, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Zigaboo Modeliste, Marcus Roberts, Jill Scott, Clark Terry, Allen Toussaint, Chucho Valdes, Dr. Michael White, Nancy Wilson, and many more. He is credited on over 140 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest or sideman.
Jazzmeia Horn – March 19, 2020
Grammy Award nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself. Since she won the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2015, Jazzmeia’s reputation continues to bloom. Her debut album, A Social Call, released on Concord’s Prestige label, which earned Jazzmeia’s first Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. This concert date will also feature the 3rd annual Hall of Distinction Award Ceremony to honor Louisiana musicians and jazz music ambassadors.
Tickets for the 2019-2020 series go on sale to the public July 19. You can purchase at the Manship Theatre box office or online. For season ticket information, call the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge at 225-344-8558.