Northridge, CA – The Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) hosts the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration, January 23rd at 8:00 p.m. This special performance marks the Monterey Jazz Festival’s third North American tour, with 45 shows in 40 cities throughout the United States and Canada. Led by Grammy Award-winning bassist and musical director Christian McBride, along with Tony and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater the ensemble also features drummer Lewis Nash, pianist Benny Green, saxophonist Chris Potter and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Each of the shows will feature an assortment of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions by band members.
The longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, the Monterey Jazz Festival has presented nearly every major jazz star—from Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong to Esperanza Spalding and Trombone Shorty—since it was founded in 1958. Its longstanding mission is to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national and international venues.
“The band’s two sets at the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival this past September were the highlights of the event,” said Danny Melnick, president of Absolutely Live Entertainment and producer of the 2013 tour. “They performed stunning versions of classic tunes by Horace Silver, Bobby Hutcherson, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and even the Isley Brothers, in addition to original compositions. The audience loved the performances and I am sure the tour concerts will be stellar.”
Members of the 55th Anniversary on Tour Band have deep relationships with Monterey Jazz Festival and have a commitment to the cultivation of jazz audiences worldwide. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater made her first appearance at the Monterey Jazz in Festival in 1973 with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra; bassist Christian McBride has appeared at the Festival eight times since 1994, including acting as the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence in 2008; pianist Benny Green made the first of his eight performances at the Festival (as a 15-year-old in 1978) as the pianist in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra; drummer Lewis Nash has appeared at the Festival twice since 2001; saxophonist Chris Potter made the first of his eight Festival appearances in 1997 and was a featured member of Dave Holland’s “Monterey Quartet,” which performed and recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 50th Anniversary in 2007; and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, a two-time member of the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, has made four appearances at the Festival since the 1990s, including acting as Monterey’s Artist-In-Residence in 2012.
The performance takes place on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $35, $50 and $65. The Valley Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of California State University, Northridge at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge. For more info visit: www.valleyperformingartscenter.org.
UPDATE: The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour will also be performing a special 55th Anniversary Concert in Orange County, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 13 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For more information on this O.C. engagement visit: scfta.org.