Dallas Center for the Performing Arts to Present Jazz Roots

Posted: 2009-07-22

Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Brings JAZZ ROOTS to North Texas

Series Created by Renowned Jazz Producer Larry Rosen to Feature Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, Eddie Palmieri and Other Jazz Greats

DALLAS - The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, together with acclaimed record/television producer Larry Rosen, announced today that it will present JAZZ ROOTS, a series that traces the evolution of jazz, the uniquely American musical genre. Each of the three programs in the inaugural 2009-2010 season will focus on a different style of jazz, including Jazz and Soul, Vocalese and Piano Latino, featuring Grammy Award-winning musicians.

JAZZ ROOTS is a series of concerts based on the premise that the drums that came from Africa at the time of slavery are the roots - the musical DNA - for all of the music of the Americas. In conjunction with each concert, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will work with area schools and universities to provide students with rare opportunities to work with and learn from the jazz greats performing in the JAZZ ROOTS series.

"With JAZZ ROOTS, Larry Rosen has put together not only a great series of entertaining jazz performances, he has created an important program that traces the history of jazz, exploring its many different styles and expressions," said Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. "Each one of the shows in the 2009-2010 JAZZ ROOTS series will be accessible to audiences, whether or not they are jazz aficionados. This series will be an important part of what is presented at the Center, and an example of the diversity of programs that we will offer to North Texas."

"Larry Rosen's JAZZ ROOTS is the most important new concert and educational jazz series in America. It's so important that Americans learn about their culture. This series is simply imperative!" -- Quincy Jones

A musician, producer, executive producer and music industry entrepreneur, Larry Rosen's influence can be felt in all corners of the jazz scene. He co-founded GRP Records, a contemporary-jazz label, created and produced a PBS television series called Legends of Jazz, and is currently producing a seven-part television series titled Recording: The History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone. Working with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, Mr. Rosen launched JAZZ ROOTS in 2008. Defying all expectations, the six concerts in the first season sold out.

"We are thrilled to bring JAZZ ROOTS to North Texas audiences," said Mr. Rosen. "Jazz is a truly American art form, and we are pleased that it will play an important role in the programming and educational efforts of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. This series will be a favorite among jazz enthusiasts and novices alike."

Subscriptions to the three-performance series are on sale now. All performances will take place in the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Tickets go on sale August 6 and can be purchased through the Center's Box Office at 214.880.0202 or online at www.dallasperformingarts.org. For more information and video clips visit www.jazzroots.net.

2009-2010 JAZZ ROOTS Series

JAZZ AND SOUL - November 4, 2009: Al Jarreau & Ramsey Lewis JAZZ ROOTS presents an evening of music born out of the African-American experience. We celebrate the blend of jazz, blues, gospel and R&B that, along with cultural, political and stylistic elements from our American history, create the music we call Soul. JAZZ and SOUL spotlights two celebrated stars who took jazz, merged it with soul and made the result their own signature sounds.

Al Jarreau pairs a voice that is recognized as one of the world's most precious treasures with his unique and innovative musical expressions. This combination has made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time. Jarreau's achievements include six Grammys, scores of international musical awards and numerous hit records.

Ramsey Lewis, NEA Jazz Master, multiple Grammy awardee, host of LEGENDS OF JAZZ, the acclaimed PBS TV series, is a true legend of jazz. A pianist and composer, he is often referred to as "the great performer," a title reflecting his performance style rooted in his early gospel roots and classical training. His recording of "The In Crowd" is a jazz and soul classic.

VOCALESE December 9, 2009: Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices with special guest Jon Hendricks Take some of the best-known, most complex and sophisticated instrumental solos in jazz; treat them as melodies and add swinging, poetic lyrics: the result is Vocalese, one of the most technically difficult and musically rewarding singing styles in jazz. As the 88-year-old jazz great Jon Hendricks, perhaps the greatest Vocalese master of all once put it: "We do what librettists do for opera...we lyricize all the musical action that's going on." This show brings together for the first time living legend Hendricks with two of the finest Vocalese singing groups on the planet.

Manhattan Transfer, the eight-time Grammy-winning jazz/pop harmony vocal group, has been releasing stellar albums and drawing rave concert reviews for over three decades with their sparkling song stylizations and prodigious vocal talents. Their #1 platinum hit record "Birdland" is the quintessential Vocalese recording that has taken this unique style to the world.

New York Voices, a Grammy-winning vocal ensemble is acclaimed for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing. They have performed at every major jazz festival in the world, and their GRP recordings are among the most important group vocal recordings in jazz.

Jon Hendricks, NEA Jazz Master, Grammy winner, French Legion of Honor awardee, and "Poet Laureate of Jazz," is the founder of the legendary Lambert, Hendricks and Ross vocal group, who are considered one of the originators of the Vocalese technique. Hendricks is recognized as one of the best jazz singers of all time.

PIANO LATINO March 1, 2010: Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, and introducing Alfredo Rodriguez The piano plays a special role in helping to define the sound of Latin Jazz. The powerful block chording, ascending and descending keyboard runs and percussive style of play used by the piano masters of Latin Jazz have made the instrument a rhythmic backbone of the genre, just as much if not more so, than a melodic and harmonic tool. Three of the greatest living Latin Jazz pianists performing today are featured in PIANO LATINO.

Eddie Palmieri has a discography that includes 36 titles and a career honored by nine Grammy Awards. The legendary pianist thrills audiences throughout the world with his unique style, charismatic power and bold innovative drive.

Michel Camilo, the Dominican-born winner of a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz album, is a virtuoso pianist with technique to spare, who flavors his tunes with the spice of Caribbean rhythms and jazz harmonies.

Alfredo Rodriguez, born in Havana, Cuba in 1985 and celebrated around the world by his spectacular performances, defected from Cuba to the United States in January 2009. Upon his arrival in America Quincy Jones, the great music producer and impresario, took Alfredo under his wing and is working with him on his debut world-wide recording. JAZZ ROOTS is proud to introduce Alfredo to audiences across America.

About the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts:

The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, a new multi-venue Center for music, opera, theatre and dance will open in 2009, completing the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District. The $354 million Center will provide multi-state-of-the-art facilities woven together by an urban park covering more than ten acres to create a dynamic cultural destination that will be unparalleled in the world. The Center will feature the following:

* The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed in a modern horseshoe configuration, will seat 2,200 (with capacity up to 2,300), designed by Foster + Partners.

* The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will serve as a gateway to the Dallas Arts District from the downtown Dallas business center and will seat 600, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas.

* The completely new Annette Strauss Artist Square will be the Center's outdoor entertainment venue, which can accommodate audiences of up to 5,000, designed by Foster + Partners.

* The City Performance Hall will provide main stage production space for many of Dallas' smaller performing arts organizations, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

* The Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park will unify the venues and will create a dynamic cultural destination in downtown Dallas.

* Two underground parking structures will accommodate more than 850 vehicles.

More information on the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts is available at www.dallasperformingarts.org.

About Larry Rosen:

Larry Rosen, musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur. Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, co-founder of GRP Records, co-founder of LRSmedia, and co-founder of N2K. Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ, and is the creator and producer of multi-media series RECORDING: the History of Recorded Music.

JAZZ ROOTS A Larry Rosen Jazz Series is a concert and educational program created for performing arts centers across America. The JAZZ ROOTS series is based on the premise that the Drums That Came From Africa at the time of slavery, became the musical DNA for all the music of the Americas. Thus, the music we celebrate originating in South America, the Caribbean, and the USA all came from the same musical root. Theon going JAZZ ROOTS series was first launched in 2008 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, and the series will debut in fall of 2009 at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. Artists presented to date include: Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Paquito D'Rivera, John McLaughlin, Patti Austin, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, The Machito Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, Fourplay, and many more. The JAZZ ROOTS series includes educational and outreach programs that organically connect to local community groups, art centers, and the local board of education.

Mr. Rosen is the producer/executive producer of over 350 albums, of which 80 have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, as well as numerous award winning film/video productions and television specials. Mr. Rosen and multi-GRAMMY and Academy Award winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin co-founded GRP Records, the award winning contemporary jazz label featuring major artists, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, Patti Austin, BB King, Dave Grusin, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Kevin Eubanks, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour, Gary Burton, Dave Valentin, Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Gerry Mulligan, Yellow Jackets, Rippingtons, among others.

Mr. Rosen is the chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, where he is the creator and producer of the PBS television HD series LEGENDS OF JAZZ with Ramsey Lewis, and is currently producing a 7 part television series titled RECORDING: The History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone, scheduled to air in featured in the Forbes magazine cover story "Masters of the Universe" as an Internet Icon in 1998.

Mr. Rosen received the Ernst & Young prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in New Media & Entertainment. Additionally, Mr. Rosen serves on boards of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), Music For Youth Foundation (MFY), Music Education National Council (MENC), the Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific, the Manhattan School of Music Presidents Board, and serves on the Dean's committee at the UM Frost School of Music.

JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series - is a national concert performance series, created and produced by Larry Rosen that includes educational and community outreach programs that are designed to focus on the musical DNA that connects communities and peoples, while examining the African based roots of popular music in the Americas. The program was launched in 2008, with the support of arts patron Carl Randolph at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.