In honor of Black History Month, 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's 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 five Grammys, scores of international music 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.

Season 2009-2010