Jazz, R&B, & World Music Stage

Location: Corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Sidney St.

Curated by: Jazz Club at the Multicultural Arts Center

Emcee: Shelley Neill, Executive Director, Multicultural Arts Center

12 p.m.

Laszlo Gardony - Solo Piano

2 p.m.

The Kevin Harris Project

4 p.m.

The Musical Legacy of John Coltrane




Laszlo Gardony, a while male musician with glasses, plays a piano and smiles at something above him
12:00 
Laszlo Gardony - Solo Piano 

Real music in real time featuring in-the-moment improvisations, of-our-time originals, and fresh takes on standards performed solo by internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony. lgjazz.com

Kevin Harris, an African American male musician with glasses, looks directly into the camera
2:00 
The Kevin Harris Project

"Roots, Water and Sunlight"
A Contemporary Octet Expedition through the Expressions of James Baldwin
In looking to expand his skills as a composer, Harris set out to put music to the renowned and significant thoughts shared by James Baldwin from his book The Fire Next Time. The project comprises three movements for a wind octet to be accompanied by rhythm section, digital instrumentation, and recorded words of Baldwin. Baldwin’s book courageously addresses racial injustice in America. With his musical composition, Harris aspires to convey Baldwin’s perspective on how blacks and whites must transcend what they think they know, believe, understand, and fear; and that only by expanding their perceptions can they fulfill and honor the way society can and perhaps should be. Composer and Director Kevin Harris. Wind Section: Anggie Obin, Flute • Jonathan Suazo, Alto Sax • Gregory Groover, Tenor Sax • Ran Lu, French Horn • Cosimo Boni, Trumpet • Daniel Dszczepanski, Trumpet • Max Acree, Trombone • Brandon Lin, Trombone. Rhythm Section: Max Ridley, Bass • Brian Richburg, Drums • Nikolai Mishchenko, Piano. Electronic Digital Instrumentation: Calvin Limuel. kevinharrisproject.com


Five male musicians stand on a wooden floor with saxophones, a stand-up base, and a drum set
4:00 
The Musical Legacy Of John Coltrane 

A Tribute to Leonard Brown
Co-Produced by Bill Pierce and Laszlo Gardony
John Coltrane is considered one of the greatest musicians of our time. His music is timeless and transports the listener to a higher level of understanding that is both serene and unforgettable. Bill Pierce and Laszlo Gardony seek to both keep his legend alive, and to honor Leonard Brown, a musician who loved John Coltrane’s music and, until his death in March of this year, was one of the principal organizers of the annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert. Bill Pierce, Tenor and Soprano Sax • Laszlo Gardony, Piano • Bill Lowe, Bass Trombone and Tuba • Bobby Tynes, Alto and Soprano Sax and Flute • Yoron Israel, Drums • Ron Mahdi, bass. Photo credit: Andras Cser.