Hear what’s good with the world at spectacular jazz homecoming this weekend


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If you need a reminder of what’s good in the world, a magical dose of music, happiness, community and some of the best young talent in the area at The Jazz Room should do the trick.

Starting Thursday — and treating your earbuds all the way through Saturday night — this weekend features the best kind of homecoming. The young talent from the All-Star Youth Ensemble holds court Thursday night, and a Queen City native who is blowing it out of the water, Sean Mason, performs Friday and Saturday with his trio.

Put some spring in your step, a smile on your face and get to toe tapping at The Jazz Room.

Hear the future of jazz Thursday night

If you haven’t heard of DJ Bellinger, Lovell Bradford, Jr., Veronica Leahy, Taylor Scott or Aron Stornaiuolo — it won’t be long until you do. These five young ambassadors of jazz will blow you away at the JazzArts All-Star Youth Ensemble Showcase: Blues, Bebop and Beyond on Thursday, May 23. After a night listening to these phenoms, you’ll be able to say you knew them when.

These fine musicians are members of the JazzArts All-Star Youth Ensemble, which is composed of some of the Charlotte region’s brightest stars. With young talent on the drums, bass, saxophone, flute, guitar and vocals, this show will feature popular jazz renditions from icons including Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter and John Coltrane. You’ll also be treated to their original compositions.

This show is part of The Jazz Room’s premiere Thursday event programing, which is another way of saying, “get your Friday eve started right.”

See Charlotte native Sean Mason Trio Friday and Saturday night

This protege of Wynton Marsalis has a regular gig at Smalls Jazz Club in New York and is quickly making his mark in the jazz world while blazing his own trail.

Mason is a composer, musician and bandleader obsessed with the preservation of the music and keeping the pure form of jazz alive. He’s also an alum of the All-Star Jazz Youth Ensemble. See what all the fanfare is about when Sean Mason and his trio take to the stage to weave “spiritual, spontaneous bursts of joy, melancholy and fury” into every tune.

Mason will play the tunes of pianist and Kennedy Center Legend Ahmad Jamal, known for helping evolve the cool jazz movement. His style explores a lightness of space in time in works like the chart topper “But Not For Me.” You may also recognize his tunes from the soundtrack of the 1995 movie “Bridges of Madison County.”

Hot jazz, cool spot

Find your joy at one of the best music venues in the area and its affordable ticket prices. How’s that for a fantastic two for one? The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theatre offers an intimate setting with tables and full bar. Experience the jazz speakeasy of yesteryear, where every seat is close to the action and you can sip a cool cocktail with your SO, friends or family.

These sizzling nights of jazz come at a very cool price. Only $14 in advance and $16 at the door. Go high roller and snag a cabaret table for $30 per person, which includes a table up front and drink tickets.

The Premiere Thursday event starts at 7 p.m. The Friday performances with the Sean Mason Trio are at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and catch the Saturday shows at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

It’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming weekend. Plan your trip to The Jazz Room starting Thursday night and keep the good feels happening all weekend long.

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