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Summer Jazz Café

A rental event by Jazz Arts Project

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Summer Jazz Café is back! Just like in the “before times” this event remains a popular cultural magnet and had been named a “Pick of the Year” by Tri-City News. It is a great night out with family and friends or a fun date night on a summer’s eve. Drop in after dinner or begin your night on the town enjoying live, world-class Jazz artists in a cozy café setting.

CAMILLE THURMAN

July 15 & 16 @ 8:00 PM

NOTICE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Charanée Wade is unable to grace the stage on July 15 and July 16 due to medical reasons. With Charanée’s support, Jazz Arts Project has arranged for the dynamic composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist: Camille Thurman.

As a composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and unique interpreter of the jazz tradition, Camille Thurman is quickly becoming one of the standard bearers for the form, making a considerable and dynamic contribution to the legacy of jazz while paying tribute to its heroes. Fluid and powerful on the tenor saxophone and highly inventive as a vocalist, she also plays bass clarinet, flute, and piccolo. Her rich sax sound has been compared to Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon, while her vocal approach—including an impressive scatting ability—has been classified alongside those of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter.

 

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WARREN VACHÉ

JULY 22 & 23 @ 8:00 PM

On Friday, July 22, Warren Vaché welcomes Houston Person to the stage.
On Saturday, July 23, Warren  Vaché welcomes Grant Stewart to the stage.
Special thanks to quartet: Tardo Hammer, Earl Sauls, and Steve Williams.

Warren Vaché is a supremely accomplished, versatile and rare performer who delights and astounds audiences all over the globe with his superb cornet, trumpet, and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations.

 

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GUEST PERFORMERS

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HOUSTON PERSON

Houston Person built his reputation as a Tenor Sax man and leader with a series of soulful recordings for Prestige in the 60s. However, for a large part of his career he was best known for his legendary partnership with the great vocalist, Etta Jones, which lasted over 30 years until her death in 2001. His appearances as sideman are legion, and also include recordings with, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Dakota Staton, Horace Silver, Charles Earland, Joey DeFrancesco, and many others.

GRANT STEWART

Grant Stewart was born in Toronto, Canada, on June 4, 1971, and moved to New York City at the age of nineteen studying with masters such as Donald Byrd and Barry Harris.In New York, Stewart can be found playing at such clubs as Smalls, Lincoln Center, Birdland, SMOKE, The Kitano, The Jazz Standard and many more. Stewart has performed all over North America and Europe as well as in Japan, Brazil, and Taiwan. He was also one of the first jazz artists to be invited to play at the historical Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, Russia. In addition Grant was a featured artist at the Guggenheim Museums’ Jazz series with his trio including drum legend Jimmy Cobb.

JON FADDIS, LEGENDS AND LIONS IN JAZZ

JULY 29 & 30 @ 8:00 PM

Finally, as we do each year in our final weekend, we present two evenings we like to call Legends and Lions in Jazz. Jazz Trumpet master & legend Jon Faddis and his quartet will join us, while in the true tradition of passing down the mysteries, joys and influences in jazz to future generations, our own students (the Lions) from JAZZ ARTS ACADEMY Summer Session will perform the opening set.

Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician, conductor, composer, and educator. As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the near impossible seem effortless.

 

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HEALTH & SAFETY

The safety of our patrons, staff and artists is our number one priority. As such, all guests, regardless of age or vaccination status, are required to wear masks while inside the theater building. Exceptions are only made for patrons eating and/or drinking in designated areas, one hour prior to the showtime.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for this event. Providing proof of vaccination is be determined on a show-by-show basis.

Two River Theater will follow any forthcoming state mandates related to Covid-19. All requirements are subject to change, allowing us to best prioritize the safety of our audience members, artists, staff and community.

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