Ladies have played a leading role in the development of jazz from the days of vocalists Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith to Ella, Billie and Sarah.. the bebop era produced great female instrumentalists Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston, Hazel Scott, and Marian McPartland, … today a new generation of ladies are taking jazz to new heights.

Esperanza Spalding…. blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, a multi-lingual voice that is part angel and part siren has exploded on the scene. Esperanza has taken the media by storm,,, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, CBS Saturday Early Show, the 84th Academy Awards, Austin City Limits, JazzWeek Award for Record of the Year, albums on top of the Billboard charts, an invitation from President Obama to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and winner of the coveted GRAMMY FOR “BEST NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR”. … At 27, Esperanza is the new face of jazz worldwide!

Terri Lyne Carrington…. Grammy Winner…as drummer and composer has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk and much more… she has been featured with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Partice Rushin, and Esperanza Spalding,, she is the leader of the groundbreaking all-female band Matrix.

On this JAZZ ROOTS concert we bring together two of the leading female artists that are taking jazz to new heights… Make way for the LADIES of JAZZ!

Season 2012-13