“Recaptures the magic and history of Memphis blues, R&B and soul classics”
Three-time Grammy Award winner DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER is a jazz visionary at the utmost tier of vocalists. In the 70s, this Memphis native was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band and also performed with jazz notables Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. A Tony Award Winner, producer, and record label head, she recently won the NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award in April 2017. Bridgewater’s highly-anticipated album “Memphis…Yes, I’m Ready,” released fall 2017, imbibes her love of vintage soul and blues with fierce passion. Dee Dee Bridgewater and her 9-piece band’s performance at TD JazzFest 2018 guarantees to recapture the magic and history of Memphis Blues, R&B and Soul classics.
“They make you get up and dance… salsa at its timeless best.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES
The SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA (SHO) is a two-time Grammy winning 13-piece salsa and Latin jazz band setting the standard for New York style, authentic hard core salsa—live or recorded, it doesn’t get any better. Lead by pianist OSCAR HERNANDEZ, the band’s stage presence, rich sound and musical precision leaves audiences mesmerized until the last note. With four Grammy nominations over a 15 year career, this Latin Jazz powerhouse recently released their self-titled fifth album, which features two of America’s great jazz icons, Chick Corea and Joe Lovano. With 13 world-class artists coming together to create an unparalleled musical experience, SHO are sure to make their mark on this year’s TD JazzFest.
Sean Drabitt has earned a reputation as a world class jazz bass player who spent most of the ’90’s in the vibrant jazz scenes of New York and New Orleans. He has performed in over 40 countries and currently resides in Seoul, Korea. The Sean Drabitt Quartet is performing a tribute to Jaco Pastorious, one of the founding fathers of bass guitar, and showcasing his most popular and challenging body of work. Brent Jarvis rhodes/synthesizer, Hans Verhoeven drums, Andrew Greenwood saxophone