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.
Friday | November 6, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
“It’s impossible to not be charmed by French moppet Cyrille Aimée and her infectious joie de vivre.”
Cyrille Aimée is heralded as one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation. She has consistently proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille’s vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has done nothing short of receiving rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she graces with her voice.
Rufus Reid and his Quartet
Saturday | November 7, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
with the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble
A Grammy®-nominated 50-year veteran, a visionary educator and a composer of note, bassist Rufus Reid possesses one of the richest and most generous tones in jazz today. As a bassist, Rufus Reid’s signature sound has graced the music of countless jazz giants including Eddie Harris, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Benny Golson, J.J. Johnson, Jack DeJohnette and Nancy Wilson. As an educator, he is sought after internationally and is the author of the acclaimed instructional book and DVD, The Evolving Bassist—the definitive bible for every jazz bassist and the industry standard since 1974. His latest album, Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project, was inspired by the legendary sculptor and civil rights activist. A four-movement version of the big-band piece with voice won the Sackler Award in 2006 and was finally recorded as an expanded, five-movement piece at the end of 2012 and released as a terrific album in 2013. The brassy celebrations of triumph are a counterpoint to the bass anchored undertow of struggle.