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08.29.2017

From a Multiple Grammy-Winning Vocalist to a Diverse Tentet, 2017 Soka Jazz Festival Brings the Top Jazz Talent to South Orange County

From a Multiple Grammy-Winning Vocalist to a Diverse Tentet, 2017 Soka Jazz Festival Brings the Top Jazz Talent to South Orange County

 

Aliso Viejo, CA – The 2017 Jazz Festival at Soka Performing Arts Center features vocalist Diane Schuur, trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, the all-star septet The Cookers, and The Phil Norman Tentet during the weekend of Friday-Sunday, September 22-24, 2017. Single-concert tickets are $30 for adults; $26 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $25 each for groups of 10 or more. Series packages include all four concerts for $92 ($80 for students, seniors, and active military families). Purchase tickets online at PerformingArts.Soka.edu or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

On Friday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m., long regarded as one of contemporary jazz’s leading vocalists, multiple Grammy winner Diane Schuur’s music explores almost every corner of the twentieth-century musical landscape. Blind since birth, she is gifted with perfect pitch, is a proficient pianist, and is as eclectic as she is brilliant.

Saturday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m., recognized as an American Master by DownBeat magazine and skilled with impressive dexterity, control, and clarity of expression, trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos takes the stage with his Latin Jazz Ensemble composed of Justo Almario on alto sax and flute, Adam Schroeder on baritone sax, Tommy Arcs on congas, Mike Holguin on drums and timbales, and Irving Flores on piano. At 8:00 p.m., The Cookers perform hard-bop jazz that resonates with the depth and beauty that only 250 years of combined experience can bring.

Lastly, on Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m., The Phil Norman Tentet plays cool modern West Coast jazz with a combination of standards and original tunes. Consider a tentet to be the chamber ensemble of jazz with rich potential for creative diversity and new, illuminating ways to arrange music for ten players in authentic jazz fashion.

Soka Jazz Festival is a gathering of new and familiar jazz musicians performing standards and original compositions in a world-class venue in one weekend. Presented in cooperation with Bluport Jazz, purchasing a Jazz Festival series package offers a 23% savings off single-event tickets.

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