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The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2019-20 jazz series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, led by Herbie Hancock, the LA Phil’s creative chair for jazz, will feature some of the hottest names in jazz paying tribute to the legacies of those who came before them.
At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, avant-garde pop musician Laurie Anderson and Grammy Award-winning jazz polymath Christian McBride will form a unique combination with cellist Rubin Kodheli to showcase the pliability of jazz.
The LA Phil’s Power to the People! Festival kicks off at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, with Hancock and his band collaborating with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil to highlight music of inspiration and resilience including Hancock’s tributes to Angela Davis, “Ostinato (Suite for Angela)” and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream.”
Members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet and special guests will pay homage to the unique musical vision of Shorter’s living legend at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 5. Band members include Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on bass and Danilo Pérez on piano. Special guests for this performance include Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett and Joe Lovano. Oakland trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire presents selections from his rhythmically dexterous 2018 album “Origami Harvest,” pushing jazz into deeper communication with hip-hop and modernist classical music and using it to address social issues.
Maria Schneider is a multiple Grammy Award winner and the 2019 recipient of the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship. Multiple Grammy Award nominee Anat Cohen’s vision for jazz encompasses Brazilian bossa nova and samba, swinging New Orleans music and balladry, all with a post-bop twist. Schneider and Cohen will join together on Sunday, April 19, for a demonstration of decades-old jazz tradition.
The LA Phil is located at 151 S. Grand Ave. For information and tickets, call (213)972-3440, or visit laphil.com/events/series/115.
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