2009 Winter Arts Preview - Jazz

Blue Note Records: 70th Anniversary

To commemorate the Blue Note label’s thus-far seven decades in action, an all-star group is hitting the road to support the new album Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records. Leading the band is the tasteful and nimble pianist Bill Charlap, and the rest of the lineup includes the great trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxists Ravi Coltrane and Steve Wilson, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash. Wed., Jan. 21, 8pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit

Coryell, Auger, and Sample Trio

If the family names ring a bell in this trio, it has to do with next generation players on the jazz and rock circuits: guitarist Julian Coryell is Larry’s son, drummer Karma Auger is Brian’s son, and bassist Nicklas Sample is Joe’s son. Together, the trio-CAST for short-creates a funky and free mode of jazz, geared around Coryell’s guitar work. Sun., Jan. 25, 7:30pm. SOhO, 1221 State St. Call 962-7776 or visit

Kurt Elling in Dedicated to You

Consummate jazz vocalist Kurt Elling pays a respectful visit to a historic 1963 meeting in jazz, when John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman collaborated on one of the greatest ballad-making sessions in history. With tenor saxist Ernie Watts playing the role of Coltrane, and backed by Elling’s longtime allies, pianist Laurence Hobgood’s trio. Thu., Feb. 12, 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit

Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars

This guitarist-led 17-piece Afro-Cuban orchestra will have the audience dancing in Campbell Hall’s aisles until the last note. Sat., Feb. 28, 8pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit

The Keys to New Orleans

An incredible night of battling pianos, as three of the greatest living exponents of N’awlins-flavored keyboard stylings take the stage back to back. Wed., Mar. 4, 8pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit

Five Peace Band

Just in the last year and change, we’ve caught both iconic guitarist John McLaughlin and keyboardist Chick Corea in town-McLaughlin with his electrified band at the Lobero and Corea in an improvisational outing with Jack DeJohnette and vocalist Bobby McFerrin at the Granada last spring. This season, the bandleaders collaborate in the Five Peace Band, and are joined by bassist Christian McBride, alto saxist Kenny Garrett, and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. Fri., Mar. 20, 8pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit

Bassist Ron Carter brings his trio to the Lobero in March.
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Bassist Ron Carter brings his trio to the Lobero in March.

Ron Carter Trio

One of the most important and influential jazz bassists alive, Ron Carter may still be best known as the low-range one-fifth of the great Miles Davis Quintet of the mid ‘60s, but the bassist’s subsequent career-as sideman and leader-has covered a lot of ground and veered in many different artistic directions. For this drummer-less trio setting, Carter is joined by pianist Mulgrew Miller and guitarist Russell Malone, who share with Carter a mastery of their respective instruments. Thu., Mar. 26, 8pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit

Critic’s Pick: Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins is the once and current champion improviser on the planet. Any season Sonny comes to town, the jazz muse is with us. Rollins, who last played Campbell Hall in 2006, returns on the heels of the release of Road Shows, Vol. 1, a compilation of live recordings. Critics and other jazz lovers are fairly gaga over the album, partly because it captures the special magic Rollins brings to the stage. Expect more of the same at UCSB. Mon., Apr. 27, 8pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit

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