Walton Arts Center announces Starrlight Jazz Club series lineup



The Huntertones / Courtesy

The lineup for this year’s Starrlight Jazz Club series at the Walton Arts Center was released this week.

The intimate performance series inside the Starr Theater at the Walton Arts Center kicks off September 10 this fall with a performance by Ohio-based band The Huntertones.

After that, the series will include performances by Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Samara Joy, Sullivan Fortner Trio, Clark Gibson Quintet, and more.

The full lineup, including specific dates, is shown below.

Tickets for the full series range from $ 155 to $ 240 and are on sale now at waltonartscenter.org. Individual performances will go on sale at a later date.

Artist descriptions provided by Walton Arts Center

The Huntertones
Friday, September 10, 2021
The Huntertones bring people all over the world together with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high-energy, horn-driven sound merges inspired improvisation and adventurous composition blending jazz, funk, rock and soul. This performance will feature songs from their recent album, Time to Play – a musical ride for fans new and old, produced by Louis Cato (Beyonce, A Tribe Called Quest, Marcus Miller).

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
Friday, October 22, 2021
Five-time Juno Award-winning Jane Bunnett’s bands and recordings feature the best musical talent from Canada, the United States and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards®, received the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and most recently the Premier’s Award for Excellence.

With Maqueque, Bunnett created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started five years ago as a recording and mentoring project for brilliant young Cuban musicians, has grown into one of the best groups in the Afro-Cuban jazz scene. They have performed at major jazz festivals like Newport and Monterey, been featured on NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” ​​program, were nominated for a Grammy for their latest release, Oddara, and were voted one of the top ten groups. of jazz by the magazine’s prestigious DownBeat Critics’ Poll.

Samara Joy
Friday, December 10, 2021
With a voice soft as velvet, Samara Joy’s star seems to rise with each performance. Following her victory at the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, she released her debut album in 2021, which features Samara supported by the Pasquale Grasso Trio. At just 21 years old, Samara has already performed in many great New York jazz venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Blue Note and Mezzrow, in addition to working with jazz greats such as Christian McBride, Pasquale. Grasso, Jon Faddis, Kirk Lightsey, Cyrus Chestnut and NEA jazz master Dr. Barry Harris.

Sullivan Fortner Trio
Friday, February 18, 2022
Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and conductor, Sullivan Fortner draws distinct elements from different eras, preserving tradition while evolving sound. He seeks connections between different musical styles that are both deeply moving and wildly inventive. His work and ideas have been featured in culturally iconic publications from the New York Times to The Root. Honors include the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists 2016, and the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship.

Clark Gibson Quintet
Saturday March 5, 2022
An original jazz music project with conductor Clark Gibson on alto saxophone; principal trumpeter, Sean Jones; one of the best trombonists in history, Michael Dease; two-time Grammy® nominated organist and 2016 Rising Star Poll winner DownBeat Magazine, Pat Bianchi; and 2009 Jazz’s Most Valuable Player winner in Modern Drummer Magazine, Lewis Nash.


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