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Musical Tribute to Three Boston Jazz Giants
April 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm–9:00 pm
Jazz vocalist Mae Arnette, composer and pianist Ran Blake, and drummer Roy Haynes are three of Boston’s living jazz legends. Join the Museum of African American History and JazzBoston on the eve of International Jazz Day as we honor these jazz giants and launch the campaign to create a Boston Jazz Heritage Trail. A reception with the honorees and musicians will be followed by an all-star lineup paying tribute to the trio. Featured will be drummer Yoron Israel and High Standards with special guests including vocalist Dominique Eade and cornetist Graham Haynes, who will represent his father at the event.
Storytelling by radio host and jazz historian Eric Jackson and leaders of the hosting organizations will connect Boston’s social and cultural history with its unique jazz heritage and current jazz scene. Tributes will illuminate Arnette’s illustrious career, which earned her the title “Boston’s First Lady of Song”; Blake’s improvisational style, who composer Gunther Schuller called “…an incredible, innovative, unique genius”; and Haynes’ musical identity, dubbed by NPR “the greatest living jazz drummer.” This concert, one of the premiere events of Jazz Week 2016, will be held in the Museum’s historic African Meeting House, where concerts were performed in the 19th century.
General Admission is $10. MAAH & JazzBoston members tickets are $5 (show proof of membership at the door). *$5 UNDERGROUND PARKING NEAR MUSEUM. Discounted parking available in Charles River Garage. Underground level only (207 Cambridge Street, Beacon Hill). Bring green parking ticket in to Museum store or event for validation.
Be sure to join JazzBoston for other Jazz Week events celebrating jazz of all styles all over Greater Boston from April 22 to May 1. To see the full Jazz Week Events Calendar, please visit: www.jazzboston.org.