Ladies have played a leading role in the development of JAZZ, from the days of vocalists Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith…. To Ella, Bille and Sarah.

Today, a new generation of Ladies are taking it up a notch.

Dee Dee Bridgewater – who calls Las Vegas her home – is today's most highly acclaimed female Jazz vocalist in the world… She is a three-time GRAMMY winning music and talk show host, "JAZZSET with Dee Dee Bridgewater." Dee Dee will bring her magic to tonight's Smith Center fans.

The Mosaic Project
The mosaic project consists of some of the finest female instrumentalists and vocalists in the world. This powerful new group of award winning stars includes…

Terri Lyne Carrington – GRAMMY winner. As drummer and composer she has crafted an eclectic brand of Jazz that incorporates elements of BeBop, Soul, Funk and world music.

Esperanza Spalding – she has taken the media by storm. Albums on top of the Billboard charts, multi-GRAMMY winner, and winner of the coveted GRAMMY for "Best New Artist of the Year." At 28, Esperanza is the new face of Jazz worldwide!

Gretchen Parlato – Award winning vocalist… First place Thelonious Monk vocal competition, downbeat magazine's first place prize.

Gerri Allen – GRAMMY winning pianist, composer educator. Tia Fuller – Sax star, featured soloist for Mega-Star Beyoncé… Now, Tia has stepped out on her own.

Tonight the ladies rule the Jazz world!!!
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