KJAZZ (88.1 FM), a broadcast service of California State University, Long Beach, CA will present its second annual KJZZ Summer Benefit Concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, June 28th at 8:00 pm. Performing at the concert will be Steve Tyrell and his Special Guests David Benoit and vocalist Jane Monheit. Multiple award-winning pianist, cultural visionary, and the Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Jason Moran, will open the concert. The evening will be hosted by David Benoit.
About the artists
Steve Tyrell is truly a Renaissance man. The GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist has over four decades in the music business and has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. His award-winning work in the studio as a record producer has included collaborations with such diverse and legendary artists as Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Blood Sweat and Tears, Mary J Blige, Chris Botti, Dave Koz, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and the list goes on and on. He even produced an album with the late Andy Griffith, which won the Grammy in 1995 for Gospel Album of the Year. Steve’s quintet for the KJAZZ Summer Benefit Concert will include Quinn Johnson, pianist & Musical Director, Lyman Medeiros on bass, Kevin Winard on drums, Steve Cotter on guitar, and Jon Allen on keyboards.
Five-time GRAMMY Award-nominee, David Benoit, has an expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer. His repertoire includes over 25 solo recordings. His 1980s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other GRAMMY nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for “Dad’s Room,” from 1999′s Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band). His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences.
Vocalist Jane Monheit will be joining Steve Tyrell as a special guest. The GRAMMY Award-nominee has been a leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute's 1998 Vocal Competition. In addition to her recordings as a leader, she has accompanied such artists as Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins among others.
Pianist Jason Moran is the Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz and a Triple-crown winner in the 59th Annual Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll for Jazz Artist, Jazz Album & Pianist of the Year. Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 1990s, Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. In almost every category that matters – improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation – Moran, and his group The Bandwagon – with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits – have challenged the status quo, and earned the reputation as “the future of jazz.”
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for the KJAZZ Summer Benefit Concert at http://www.jazzandblues.org or by calling 310-478-5061. General Admission tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office.