Jelly Roll Morton was a ragtime and stride legend, while George Gershwin worked on the borders of jazz, classical and popular song. Now a new generation of musicians, led by pianist Aaron Diehl and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, turns the spotlight on timeless classics and little-known gems by these jazz masters. Diehl is a pianist who plays with “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Salvant was a highlight of last season’s Jackson Hall Jazz series, a singer who has “the fresh perspective of a savvy post-modern thinker who has digested the entire repertoire and uses it to tell her own stories” (The Times-Picayune).
Jackson Hall | 7PM
Speakers: Aaron Diehl in conversation with Rob Tocalino, Marketing Director, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
The finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade.
—The New York Times on Cécile McLorin Salvant