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Jazz returns to the Music Room of the Athenaeum for the library’s annual summer jazz series. The series features rare local appearances by internationally acclaimed jazz artists, including a special CD release event by San Diego treasure Mike Wofford.
On June 7th, The series opens with a special West Coast debut by leading Brazilian jazz artist André Mehmari on solo piano. Mehmari is considered one of the most talented young musicians of his native Brazil, highly regarded for his activities as pianist, composer, arranger and instrumentalist both in jazz and classical music. Mehmari’s solo performances feature his own soaringly lyrical compositions; Brazilian classics by composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, and Pixinguinha; and treatments of American jazz standards and Beatles’ songs. The concert is presented with the support of the Consulate-General of Brazil in Los Angeles.
June 16th brings an Athenaeum debut by the George Colligan Trio, featuring Colligan on piano with Hamilton Price on bass and Steve Hass on drums. Multi-talented pianist, organist, trumpeter, drummer, composer, and educator Colligan is considered among the leading jazz artists of his generation.
On June 30th, the series continues with the special CD release event by jazz legend and Athenaeum favorite Mike Wofford, who will perform music from his forthcoming solo piano album, It’s Personal. Recognized by DownBeat as “one of the outstanding pianists of our time."
On June 30th, the series concludes with Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, a quartet led by drummer Miller and featuring Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Myra Melford on piano, and Todd Sickafoose on bass. NYC-based Miller crosses many musical boundaries, bringing her individual sound to diverse types of music while preserving their stylistic authenticity. She approaches each of these musical situations with her own stylistic identity.
Seating is limited, so early reservations are strongly suggested! For tickets and information, call 858-454-5872.
Location: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St La jolla, CA 92037 Google Map