The Performing Arts at Lawrence 2014-2015

2014–15 Jazz Series

Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project

Featuring vocalist Lizz Wright, saxophonist Tia Fuller, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, pianist Rachel Z, guitarist Matt Stevens & bassist Josh Hari.

Jazz Celebration Weekend
Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Grammy® Award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader, Terri Lyne Carrington, released The Mosaic Project in July 2011, her fifth recording overall and first on Concord Jazz. The record won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, gathered a myriad of voices and crystallized them into a multi-faceted whole that far outweighed the sum of its parts. She produced the 14-song set which featured some of the most prominent female jazz artists of the last few decades: Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen and several others.

Carrington plays drums like she’s forcing all the world’s chaos into cool syncopation.
The Oregonian


Peter Erskine

With the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Celebration Weekend

Grammy Award–winning drummer Peter Erskine has been at the forefront of world-class jazz ensembles for 40 years. His first major professional work was in the 1970s with the bands of Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson and Weather Report. He went on to perform and record with the Brecker Brothers, the Yellowjackets, Steely Dan, Chick Corea and a host of others. In addition to multiple solo albums, he has been the co-leader with trumpeter Tim Hagans on two recent CDs with the Norbotten Big Band (Sweden) entitled Worth the Wait and The Avatar Sessions.

Erskine plays resonant and sultry marimba … a stunning showcase for a prodigious technique.


Robert Glasper Trio

New Date: Friday, May 1, 2015, 8 p.m.
Date Change due to a scheduling conflict

Tickets previously purchased for the Robert Glasper Experiment performance will be honored for the concert on Friday, May 1, 2015. If ticket holders have any questions or concerns, or would like to exchange their tickets for another event or receive a refund, please contact the Lawrence University Box Office at 920-832-6749.

Pianist and composer Robert Glasper is on a mission to reconcile modern jazz with hip-hop and R&B. His last Blue Note recording, Black Radio, was a wildly successful step in that direction, winning Glasper and his Experiment band a Grammy® Award for Best R&B Album. The record is an incisive commentary on urban music, weaving together the disparate strands of a career that took off shortly after he migrated from Houston to New York City in the mid-90s. Glasper became a go-to keyboardist for some of the era’s defining hip-hop and R&B stars, touring as music director for Mos Def and appearing with Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jay-Z and Maxwell. At the same time, Glasper made a name for himself as an insightful post-bop pianist through stints with jazz masters such as Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove and Terence Blanchard. He’s released a series of accomplished sessions, including 2009’s Double Booked, which contrasted his acoustic straight-ahead trio tracks with the slinky, plugged-in funk of the Experiment—a telepathic ensemble featuring saxophonist and vocalist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge and young drumming phenomenon Mark Colenburg.

Like many of today’s young jazz pianists, Robert Glasper speaks hip-hop, bebop, classical and pop … accessible melodies, tumultuous beats and bright lyricism tend to recall modern jazz icons like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.
People magazine


Jon Cowherd and Mercy Project

Friday, April 17, 2015, 8 p.m.

Pianist/keyboard player Jon Cowherd is best known for his association with drummer Brian Blade's Fellowship—a group he co-founded in 1998—but as a producer and arranger too, there are clearly other strings to his bow.

Cowherd's keyboard collaborations with jazz, country and rock artists including singers Cassandra Wilson, Rosanne Cash and Iggy Pop point to his versatility, so it's maybe something of a surprise that his debut as leader, firmly rooted in the jazz idiom, is so stylistically homogenous.

Cowherd's fine debut is clearly built on the foundations of many years honing his craft. Hopefully it's just the first of many more to come.
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