Tributes to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson and Jazz at 100 are among the programs scheduled for the 2016-17 Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series, announced April 12. Now entering its 23rd season, the SCP Jazz Series consists of 10 programs featuring the genre’s most acclaimed artists in concert at Orchestra Hall.
Among the SCP Jazz favorites returning next season are Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton; pianists Ramsey Lewis, Jason Moran and Danilo Pérez; vocalists Kurt Elling, Omara Portuondo and Lizz Wright, and violinist Regina Carter. Five- and 10-concert subscriptions are available now online at cso.org, by phone at (312) 294-3000 or at the box office, 220 S. Michigan. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 12.
Here’s the season lineup. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays (unless otherwise noted):
Oct. 21, From the Buena Vista Social Club: Omara Portuondo 85 Tour: A founding member of the popular Cuban vocal group Cuarteto d’Aida, Omara Portuondo was introduced to a new generation of fans thanks to her work with the Buena Vista Social Club. At 85, she’s one of few remaining members of the legendary BVSC collective. Joining her will be three special guests: pianist Roberto Fonseca, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen and violinist Regina Carter.
Nov. 18, Dr. John in The Spirit of Satch featuring special guest Nicholas Payton: Two musical ambassadors from NOLA tip their hats to the godfather of New Orleans jazz, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Inspired by Dr. John’s 2014 album “Ske-Dat-De-Dat … The Spirit of Satch,” this program has New Orleans native Payton replacing Terence Blanchard (who played on the disc).
Jan. 27, Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling: The Branford Marsalis Quartet and Chicago native Kurt Elling swing the Great American Songbook in a spirited musical conversation anchored by saxophonist Marsalis and his bandmates (pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner).
March 1-3, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Returning for their annual residency, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will offer three programs: March 1, an SCP Jazz series concert (on a Wednesday), March 2, a day of community outreach activities, and March 3, a non-subscription concert with Marsalis, JALCO and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in popular classical works, followed by jazz arrangements of the same. Featured will be a selection from Marsalis’ own Swing Symphony, once described as “a journey through jazz history and the sounds of America itself.”
March 17, Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo and Monk: Music director and pianist Danilo Pérez leads a high-octane salute to jazz greats born in 1917: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk. Joining Pérez for this centennial tribute will be a lineup of rising talents — saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, bassist Ben Street, drummer Adam Cruz and vocalist Lizz Wright.
April 7, Oscar, With Love: This all-star tribute to legendary pianist Oscar Peterson (1925-2007), on the 10th anniversary of his death, showcases five keyboard titans: Kenny Barron, Bill Charlap, Benny Green, Ramsey Lewis and Renee Rosnes. Inspired by the disc Oscar, With Love (2015), organized and produced by Peterson’s widow Kelly, the program features these pianists’ interpretations of original works by Peterson, as well as jazz standards associated with him.
April 21, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: NEA Jazz Master and flutist-saxophonist Charles Lloyd is joined by his new band, the Marvels, featuring guitarist Bill Frisell and pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz, along with longtime bandmates, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. With its newly released album “I Long to See You” (2016), the group established a sound that is both melody-forward and refined. Opening the concert, in an SCP Jazz Series debut, is cellist Tomeka Reid and her quartet.
May 5, SFJAZZ Collective in the Music of Miles Davis: The San Francisco-based ensemble salutes the jazz icon with fresh arrangements of Davis standards, paired newly commissioned works that commemorate the trumpeter’s legacy. The Music of Miles program features Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone), David Sánchez (tenor saxophone), Sean Jones (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Warren Wolf (vibraphone), Edward Simon (piano), Matt Penman (bass) and Obed Calvaire (drums). The concert opens with violinist Regina Carter in a centennial tribute to one of her greatest musical inspirations, iconic vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald, titled Simply Ella.
May 19, Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective: The superstar trumpeter returns with his new quintet, The E-Collective, consisting of guitarist Charles Altura, Cuban pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Donald Ramsey and drummer Oscar Seaton. The E-Collective made its debut on the disc Breathless (2015), which ranged from funk and R&B to Miles Davis-inspired fusion and ambient tunes. Opening the program is the rising duo Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash, with a set ranging from Duke Ellington to Thelonious Monk to Ornette Coleman-style free jazz.
June 2, New Fables: Muldrow, Moran and Mingus: Symphony Center favorite Jason Moran and his trio the Bandwagon (bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) return to Symphony Center with a new project called New Fables: Muldrow, Moran and Mingus, which explores the compositions and blues influences of jazz great Charles Mingus, including his tunes “Blues & Roots” and “Fables of Faubus.” Joining the trio is guest vocalist Georgia Anne Muldrow in her SCP Jazz debut.
TOP: Pianist Oscar Peterson is the subject of an all-star tribute by five keyboard titans next season in the SCP Jazz Series.