The Center for the Performing Arts 2014 season of jazz kicks off this Saturday, February 22nd with a Royce Hall concert. The concert will feature the Spring Quartet which includes Jack DeJohnette on drums, Joe Lavano on saxophone, Esperanza Spalding on bass and Argentine pianist Leo Genovese. Royce Hall is on the campus of UCLA and the show starts at 8pm. The group is comprised of veteran jazz performers as well as the relative newcomer on the scene in Esperanza Spalding. The latter won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2011. The first jazz artist to ever win that category. Mr. Lovano has also won a Grammy Award.
Jack DeJohnette has a long and distinguished career and he has won an NEA Jazz Master Award and he is one of the most respected drummers in the world. He has been a bandleader, sideman and outstanding musician for over five decades. That is saying a lot. When you put these talented musicians together, you get a great sound that each one adds their own unique flavor to. Ticket prices range from $30 to $60 and the student price is $15. You can go to http://www.ticketmaster.com for tickets and information and also http://www.cap.ucla.edu.com.
The Center for the Performing Arts or CAP has other exciting shows lined up including: Fred Hersch on piano and Julian Lage on guitar on March 9th, the LA Chamber Orchestra: Bach's Birthday, March 23rd, and the great Chick Corea and Bela Fleck on April 24th. This Saturday, February 22nd is my birthday and I'm glad to have the opportunity to celebrate another year of life. Go out and see and hear some live jazz. Be careful, be safe and enjoy yourself.