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Jazz 100 Jazz 100 Jazz 100

Kimmel Center Presents

Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk

Sep 30, 2016
8:00 PM

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2017 marks the centennial celebration for four visionary icons of music all born in the same glorious year: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk. Jazz 100  showcases both the dynamic individual artistry of each icon and the powerful unifying threads between them which helped shape and inform not only the evolution of jazz but modern music as we now recognize it. Musical Director and former Gillespie pianist Danilo Pérez has carefully assembled a world class ensemble of virtuosos, bandleaders and composers in their own right including Chris Potter (saxophone, woodwinds), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone, vocals), Lizz Wright (vocals), Roman Diaz (percussion, vocals), Ben Street (bass) and Adam Cruz (drums) to reflect and pay homage to some of our history’s most important and timeless musical voices.

Band Members:

Danilo Pérez, Chris Potter, Avishai Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, Lizz Wright, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, Ramon Díaz


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Danilo Perez is a man with some serious jazz cred. The Panamanian pianist got his start playing with Dizzy Gillespie, and continued with Wayne Shorter. As a composer and bandleader himself, he’s practically peerless.NPR (on Danilo Perez)

A tenorist who can remind you of Joe Henderson at his craftiest, he employs his considerable technique in the service of music rather than spectacle.The New Yorker (on Chris Potter)

Trombonist, vocalist and raconteur, Wycliffe Gordon is a one-man show unto himself… A virtuosic brassman with a huge capacity for musical historyThe Wall Street Journal (on Wycliffe Gordon)

Many say Cohen has assumed the spirit of the great Miles Davis, reincarnated into a powerful combination of lyricism and intellect. He among the best in world…LA Weekly (on Avishai Cohen)

The luxurious dimensions of Lizz Wright’s voice — a smooth, dark alto possessed of qualities you might associate with barrel-aged bourbon or butter-soft leather — have typically come with a counterweight of righteous uplift.The New York Times (on Lizz Wright)


Lizz Wright & Raul Midon Estival Jazz 2012
Lizz Wright’s amazing performance with Raul Midon at Estival Jazz.
Lizz Wright - Lead The Way
Lizz Wright sings “Lead The Way” at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Lizz Wright - River Man
“River Man” is one of the breath taking songs on Lizz Wright’s newest album.



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