December 7: (Noel Night)

the Carr Center Presents … The MSU Jazz Orchestra,  featuring Kenny Washington @EMEAC / Cass Commons / First Unitarian Universalist Church 

Time: 7PM

Entering its 18th year, the “MSU Jazz in Detroit” series opens with The MSU Jazz Orchestra in concert with Kenny Washington, one of the premiere drummers of our time. For the better part of the last twenty years, Kenny has perhaps been best known as the ultimate New York City trio drummer. He has appeared in the trios of Kenny Barron, Bill Charlap, Benny Green, and Richard Wyands. Over the years he has also been associated with Betty Carter, Sonny Stitt, Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Phil Woods and many others. Wash, is also a renowned Jazz Historian who currently teaches jazz drums at the Julliard School of Music.

FREE CONCERT

 

December 14:

the Carr Center Presents …  “Music Is the Message : Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science”  @ Detroit School of Arts

Social Science is the latest project from Grammy award winning producer/drummer and  Carr Center Co-Artistic Director Terri Lyne Carrington.  Carrington comes together with Aaron Parks, Matthew Stevens and Morgan Guerin to explore critical themes impacting society today through a contemporary exploration that blends jazz improvisation together with spoken word, vocal songs and the musical aesthetic of indie rock, classical and R&B/hip-hop. The band takes on topics such as social justice, racial equality, gender and sexuality, mass incarceration, and ongoing sociopolitical concerns. At its core, this project seeks to reflect conscious thought and interest in the human condition. More specifically, Social Science looks to inspire and elevate a deep regard for humanity and freedom.

Tickets: $30

February 8:

the Carr Center Presents… The MSU Octet, featuring Bruce Barth @ Detroit School of Arts

MSU Jazz in Detroit series continues with the MSU Jazz Octet and Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth who has been sharing his music with listeners around the world for more than twenty-five years. He has performed with revered jazz masters and collaborated with leading musicians of his own generation. Bruce has had extended collaborations with Terrell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Tony Bennett and others. He has also performed with Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Branford Marsalis, Art Farmer, and the Mingus Big Band. Bruce is a dedicated teacher, currently on the faculty of Temple University and Columbia University.

Tickets: $10

March 7:

the Carr Center Presents …The Gathering Orchestra in concert , under the direction of Carr Center Resident Artist, Rodney Whitaker. Also featuring Ed Quick and the Ferndale Community Concert Band @ Detroit School of Arts

The Gathering Orchestra returns to Detroit for a week of in-school artist residencies and ends the week with a special concert directed by Rodney Whitaker.. Also featured this night will be the Ferndale Community Concert Band, directed by Ed Quick, who will present a jazz inspired program that will include a symphonic version of Duke Ellington’s, Sophisticated Ladies, and a special performance of, Of Our New Day Begun, by Omar Thomas, a work deeply rooted  in the African American church traditions and arguably one of the finest  new works for concert band out there right now. 

Tickets: $20

March 14:

the Carr Center Presents “To Stevie, With love …” under the musical direction of Terri Lyne Carrington @ Detroit School of Arts

Stevie Wonder is an undeniable musical genius, a force of nature. His consummate body of work is genre bending and without boundaries. It embodies foundational elements that allows the work to adapt well into many styles. To Stevie, With love… will tribute this master musician and songwriter with vocal and instrumental jazz renditions of  his iconic songs, merging some of  today’s trailblazing jazz artists with local Detroit artists. Stevie’s work is prolific beyond compare, universal and timeless … and this concert, under the visionary direction of Terri Lyn Carrington, Co-Artistic Director of the Carr Center, will take us on a journey to capture, a sound that imagines how Stevie would have sounded if he had immersed himself in the New York jazz scene. 

Tickets: $30

March 21:

the Carr Center Presents … A Harlem Renaissance Centennial Celebration: Music & Words, directed by Maestro Damien Sneed  @ Detroit School of Arts

The Carr Center is producing a four-part series of events commemorating the 100 year anniversary of The Harlem Renaissance. This is the first concert of the series and will take audiences on a journey from the spirituals, opera arias of Scott Joplin, harmonic masterpieces of Hall Johnson, art songs and poems of Harry T. Burleigh, to the melodic chords of Samuel Barber, and the well-known hit songs of George & Ira Gershwin. Damien Sneed returns to Detroit to lead a gifted ensemble of classical chamber musicians and singers in this debut exploration of the music of 1860 to the 1930s, for strings, piano and voice, that led to the explosion of Black artistic creativity in the 1920s.

Tickets: $30

March 28

the Carr Center Presents … MSU Jazz with Terrell Stafford @ Detroit School of Arts

The third installment of our MSU Jazz in Detroit series features Terrell Stafford, a brilliant trumpeter, bandleader and successful recording artist on dozens of albums (including five under his leadership). Terrell has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. He is known for being a gifted and versatile player with a voice all his own. Terrell is also a renowned music educator. He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies Temple University and a featured soloist with the Grammy Award winning Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets : $10

April 25

the Carr Center Presents … The Art of the Harlem Renaissance Salon, directed by Maestro Damien Sneed

Performance: During the Harlem Renaissance — the black social, cultural and intellectual awakening of the 1920s and 1930s — Harlem Salons were the quintessential gatherings of the nation’s most gifted and creative black writers, artists, musicians and thinkers. Using the intimacy of a uniquely transformed performance location, this third installment of our Harlem Renaissance Centennial series will recreate that truly magical time for one special weekend with an unforgettable presentation in music and words under the direction of Damien Sneed.

Tickets: $100

May 2:

the Carr Center Presents … “The Great Jazz Women of Detroit : Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby and Betty Carter”, musical director Terri Lyne Carrington, @ Detroit School of Arts

Detroit has always played an essential role in the development of Jazz. None is more important than the contributions of these three African American women whose jazz prowess and prodigious talents left indelible marks on the idiom.

  • After the death of her husband, the transcendent John Coltrane, Detroit native Alice Coltrane, a classically trained pianist in her own right, used her cosmic sense of vision and classically trained piano skills to leave behind her own formidable jazz legacy.
  • Born and raised in Detroit, Dorothy Ashby was a jazz harpist who has been described as the most accomplished modern jazz harpist ever! She single handedly established the harp as an improvising jazz instrument, proving the harp could play bebop as adeptly as any of the other instruments commonly associated with jazz.
  • Arguably the most adventurous female jazz singer of all time, Betty Carter was an idiosyncratic stylist and vocal improviser who pushed the limits of melody and harmony beyond all previous boundaries. Her ability to free flow scat became legendary. She was born in Flint, but grew up in Detroit, where her father worked as a church music director.

The Great Jazz Women of Detroit pays tribute to these amazing women and others that have held close to their heart the jazz tradition, from Sippie Wallace to Anita Baker. We are living in a time where justice and equality for everyone in the gender spectrum is being called for. This concert honors some seminal and groundbreaking female artists, and also acknowledges the importance of creating space for a more balanced artistic future.

The Carr Center’s Co-Artistic Director Terri Lyne Carrington leads an all-star ensemble of jazz vocalists and musicians celebrating these Detroit Jazz legends.

Tickets: $30

May 16

the Carr Center Presents …The Gathering Orchestra in concert, under the direction of Carr Center Resident Artist, Rodney Whitaker 

The Gathering Orchestra ends our 2019 – 2020 concert season with the 4th installment of our celebrated Harlem Renaissance series. In addition to highlighting the classic jazz sound that defined the Harlem Renaissance, this final concert will feature Duke Ellington’s, Black, Beige and Brown Suite, with musical direction by Rodney Whitaker

Tickets: $20