Winter Jazzfest and City Parks Foundation presents
SummerStage/Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Showcase Featuring
The Revive Big Band, featuring special guests Bilal, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Celebrating Blue Note Records 75th Year Anniversary
(Published: January 06, 2014)
City Parks Foundation in partnership with the Winter Jazzfest is pleased to announce the SummerStage/Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Showcase, a special event taking place at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The Winter Jazzfest turns 10 years old in 2014 and in celebration of this milestone, Winter Jazzfest is expanding to five nights from January 7th through January 11th. As a part of this expansion, Le Poisson Rouge will host a preview of artists that will perform as part of the 2014 SummerStage/Charlie Parker Jazz Festival lineup. This evening will feature The Revive Big Band, featuring special guests Bilal, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
The Revive Big Band
The musical styles, experience, and tastes of Revive’s members vary widely, but their collective mission is the same. “We’re carrying on, within the tradition of big bands, what would be relevant today,” bandleader Igmar Thomas says. “[We're] modifying the message and making it translatable, accessible to the people, so that they have something relevant to grasp on to. It represents that little bridge.”
Revive’s repertoire is an authentic gumbo, featuring original compositions by Thomas, as well as epic orchestrations of selected productions from different producers and notable Hip-Hop songs combined with the original sampled jazz record, all re-imagined and arranged into original works for a big band. “Our voice is one that has a foot deeply placed in the jazz roots and the tradition of that, à la Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie – but also, another foot deeply invested in 2013, and so on. That’s the direction: Dizzy, Dilla, and us,” declares Thomas.
A classically trained vocal veteran, Bilal released his debut album 1st Born Second in 2001, which boasted the popular single “Soul Sista.” The follow-up, Love for Sale (2006), was shelved but leaked entirely online yet was well received to fans and music critics and has become an underground classic. In the following years, Bilal has collaborated and performed with some of the industry’s most prominent artists including, Beyonce (Fighting Temptations), Common (Like Water for Chocolate, Electric Circus, Be, Finding Forever), Jay-Z (American Gangster), Erykah Badu (New Amerykah Part One, New Amerykah Part Two), Robert Glasper (All Matter), Boney James (Better With Time), Musiq (Soulstar) and The Roots among others. He also covered Radiohead’s “High & Dry” for the 2006 Radiohead tribute, Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads. Bilal also appears in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest Jazz, Blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative Jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
**Note: Artists participation in SummerStage/Charlie Parker Jazz Festival subject to change**
Ticket and Show Information
Tickets are required. Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 day of show
Doors open at 7:00PM
Concert begins at 8:00PM
For more event information, including group ticket sales, please visit Le Poisson Rouge’s website at:
2014 Winter Jazzfest Ticketing Option:
The $95 Full Festival Pass includes:
•Admission to the Jan 7th WJF Kickoff show at LPR w/ Bobby Previte's TERMINALS feat. John Medeski, Nels Cline and guests
•Orchestra seat/ticket for Jan 8th Blue Note 75th Anniv show at Town Hall w/ Jason Moran, Robert Glasper and guests
•Admission to the Jan 9th SummerStage/Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Showcase
•A 2-Day WJF Marathon Pass featuring over 80 groups at 8 different venues
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Delegate Discounted Admission:
(RSVP Required for verification and discount codes)
If you are a 2014 registered APAP delegate you have the opportunity to attend the 2014 NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon at a reduced price, please firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, is New York's largest free performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents over 100 performances in eighteen parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City's summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception twenty-eight years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.
About Winter Jazzfest
Winter Jazzfest was established in 2005 with the goal of introducing underexposed artists – those that impacted the jazz scene of that period -- to professional presenters attending the Arts Presenters Conference (APAP). At that time, jazz groups were underrepresented, although they were (and remain) culturally essential to the continued development and future of the music and audiences. Winter Jazzfest is pleased to continue our mission of offering a forum for presenters and music enthusiasts to experience and support the future of jazz.
About City Parks Foundation
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs that empower citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF’s programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
More Information: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/calendar/revive-big-band-celebrates-blue-note-records-75th-anniversary-f-special-guests/