April is good time! Any month that starts with an entire day dedicated to fools and jokes is a winner in our book. April is also National Kite Month, National Poetry Month and National Pecan Month. But most importantly – all 30 days are dedicated to the toe tapping, head nodding, soulful sounds of jazz.
Wondering how to best celebrate this fantastic genre of music and experience something new at the same time? The Jazz Room has the answer with two top acts in one of the best music venues in the Queen City.
Corey Wilkes plays Miles Davis Thursday, April 25
It can be argued that Thursday is the most important day of the week. It sets the tone for how you are going to spend your days not working and gives you one more badly needed opportunity to hang with your SO, friends or both. Take back your Thursday night with Chicago-based trumpeter Corey Wilkes as he reimagines the music of bigger than life jazz icon Miles Davis.
You may know Miles Davis — but do you know his innovative groove and funk sounds from the 1970s and beyond? Corey Wilkes will make you a believer with his soulful and sophisticated trumpet. He’s rubbed elbows with jazz masters including Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Belgrave and more, so he knows a thing or two about putting on a show.
Tribute to the Music of Cuba, April 26 and 27
Your summer vacation might be a few months off but there’s no reason not to get the celebration started early with a sun soaked tribute to the music of Cuba. Think Buena Vista Social Club live and in person.
You’ll want to get up and move to this medley of Latin jazz and afro-Cuban standards like Dizzy Gillespie’s “Manteca”, Irakere’s “Calzada del Cerro” and the iconic Buena Vista Social Club’s “Trova Santiaguera” in the expert hands of Orquestra K’che. Plus with a 12-piece Latin Jazz orchestra, your favorite instrument is guaranteed to be in the room. Take a listen.
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in style
The Jazz Room is a throwback to the cozy and intimate clubs of the past. Every seat is in the middle of the action, you can order the beverage of your choice from the bar, and with right-priced tickets starting at $14, you’ll have enough dough to do the rest of the weekend up right.
Go big and go jazz all weekend. Thursdays performance times are 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and Sunday 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
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