EXCLUSIVE PRE-SALE for Friends of Discover Jazz starts Friday, February 2 at 10am. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 9.
In the coming weeks, we’ll announce the complete lineup and all tickets will go on sale. Friends can purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public for every show.
LESLIE ODOM, JR.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8 FLYNN MAINSTAGE 8PM “[Odom, Jr.’s music] is bursting with pinpoint detail, almost porcelain in its balance of structure and fragility.”—New York Times Grammy and Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom, Jr. recently completed his run on Broadway as Aaron Burr in the original cast of the blockbuster hit musical, Hamilton. Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent and is now earning accolades for his roles in shows such as Gotham and Grey’s Anatomy and in movies such as Murder on the Orient Express. A hypnotic performer on-stage and on-screen, the multifaceted Odom, Jr. is also a golden-voiced interpreter of jazz and musical standards, which he inflects with a soulful R&B croon. His debut album, Leslie Odom, Jr., topped Billboard and iTunes jazz charts upon its 2016 release. Tickets
“The fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues.”—New York Times Rhiannon Giddens is reclaiming American roots music. The founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops is instantly recognizable for her impassioned delivery, soaring through a composite of blues and folk via jazz, country, and upbeat funk. Her classically-trained voice carries African American musical traditions to us with renewed spirit and conviction. In 2015, she joined Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris in performing for Barack and Michelle Obama at a White House tribute to gospel. Giddens’ latest record, Freedom Highway, honors bygone and ongoing African American struggles in a musical portrait of power through forbearance. Tickets
BILL FRISELL TRIO
“Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet: in the hands of such radical thinkers, their instruments simply become different animals. And, like Davis, Frisell loves to have a lot of legroom when he improvises–the space that terrifies others quickens his blood.”—New Yorker Bill Frisell is one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The enigmatic nature of his music has drawn collaborators from Elvis Costello and Suzanne Vega to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Brian Eno. His breadth is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility. In recent years, Frisell’s role as composer and band leader has garnered him increasing notoriety. On his recent release, When You Wish Upon a Star, Frisell draws upon classic film and television music, exploring how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see. Tickets
ALLISON MILLER’S BOOM TIC BOOM
“Allison is a refreshingly honest player. She plays as she is, which is great because she is such an open-hearted, humble, graceful person.”—Ani DiFranco Allison Miller is the extraordinary drummer, composer, and leader of Boom Tic Boom, a band featuring recent Discover Jazz fest alums Myra Melford (piano) and Jenny Scheinman (violin) as well as Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), and Todd Sickafoose (bass). Miller’s project is a slight meandering from her previous work backing up singer-songwriters Brandi Carlile, Natalie Merchant, and Ani DiFranco, but here she’s given the space to craft exploratory, smart pieces that range from wild improvisation to masterclasses in dynamics. The band’s records have topped best-of charts by Downbeat, the LA Times, and the Jazz Journalists Association. Recently, Miller sat in with the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Tickets