92Y will launch its first Soul Jazz Festival Friday, March 14th, and Saturday, March 15th. Each evening will feature artists who embrace the notion of moving the music forward while remaining loyal students of the masters past and present. This weekend will focus on new sounds and the power of a good groove.
Saxophonist Brian Landrus, who is also serving as artistic advisor for this event, will be opening the show Friday with his collaborative group Kaleidoscope, featuring Rudy Royston on drums, Nir Felder on guitar, Leo Genovese on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on electric and acoustic bass, Sara Caswell and Joyce Hammann on violin, Judith Insell on viola, Jody Redhage on cello, and Ryan Truesdell conducting.
Infamous for being the finest organist on the planet, Joey DeFrancesco will headline with his All-Star Band. Nir Felder will be doing double duty, playing with Landrus and DeFrancesco. Joining them on stage will be Brian Lynch on trumpet, George Garzone on tenor saxophone, and Billy Hart on drums.
DJ Logic will bring a liberal, improvisational take to the mix with his friends. Lamont McCain and James Hurt complete the trio on bass and keyboards, respectively.
Grammy-winning artist Esperanza Spalding presents her new project, Esperanza Spalding: New Songs, Saturday evening. Her last album, Radio Music Society, exposed a whole new audience to her enormous talent and skill on the bass. Joining her is her stellar band, including Nadia Washington on guitar and vocals, Corey King on trombone, Ray Angry on keyboards, and Karreim Riggins on drums.
Soul Jazz Festival at 92 Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY.
Friday, March 14th, 7:30 PM, Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope, DJ Logic & Friends, Joey DeFrancesco All-Star Band
Saturday, March 15th, 8PM- Esperanza Spalding: New Songs
Tickets and additional information are available through 92Y.org.