Fred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend brings professional jazz artists to the Lawrence campus for a 100% non-competitive jazz education festival. Instrumental and vocal jazz educators continue to appreciate the low-pressure clinic environment, the inspirational boost at the start of the school year, the extended ensemble workshop clinics with renowned clinicians, the special focus upon improvisation, the absence of ratings and trophies, and a "Who's Who" list of professional jazz artists.
Luciana Souza Trio with Romero Lubambo and Cyro Baptista
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
“Souza phrases with the wisdom of an old soul. With a refined, fluid voice, she’s a master of rhythm and pitch and knows how to get to the core of a melody.” —DownBeat Magazine
Grammy winner Luciana Souza is one of jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Souza’s work transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles. Entertainment Weekly writes, “Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries.” Souza has been releasing acclaimed recordings since 2002, including her six Grammy-nominated records: Brazilian Duos, North and South, Duos II, Tide, Duos III and The Book of Chet. Her latest offering, Speaking in Tongues, is a brilliant collaboration with Lionel Loueke, Grégoire Maret, Massimo Biolcati and Kendrick Scott.
Souza has performed and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin and many others. She has been a prominent soloist in important works by composers Osvaldo Golijov, Derek Bermel and Patrick Zimmerli, performing with the New York Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra.
Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade
Children of the Light
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
“[Children of the Light] is an intentionally leaderless trio with a non-proprietary sense toward the music itself. Their combination of composition and improvising—which they call ‘compromising’—is a souvenir of their long tenure with Shorter. … Bring your sunglasses to the show, because there’s more than enough light to go around.” —DownBeat Magazine
Celebrating and inspired by Wayne Shorter, multiple Grammy Award winners and musical soul-mates Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade have long performed together as essential members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Embracing the message of their mentor and friend, these three virtuosos celebrate Wayne’s music and new compositions with the Children of the Light trio. Their three-way conversation is an intense collective improv, unfolding and constructing the music like a rhythmic and smoldering chamber recital.
The 11-track CD of the same name includes original compositions by all three members of the trio and a fresh take on Dolores, an old Shorter classic. Perez, who typically plays acoustic piano, plays a Yamaha CP4 Stage electric piano on his West African-rooted piece Lumen. Patitucci, who plays here acoustic, five- and six-string electric bass, contributes three pieces, including Ballad for a Noble Man, which features cellist Sachi Patitucci. Drummer and percussionist Blade contributes the soulful Within Everything, perhaps the closest to a standard song in the program. It’s a remarkable balancing act, but even as they put their considerable talents to the service of the trio, each of the members maintains his distinct personality.