Kennedy Center 2022/2023 Jazz Season
Iconic music + jazz legends
“Within our 2022/2023 season, leading jazz players will roll into the Ken Cen, creating
lasting memories. From duos and string quartets to big bands, we have it all. Certified guitar
innovator George Benson will showcase why guitar continues to be an important
instrument in the jazz canon. Vocalists Somi and Cécile McLorin Salvant will
share their unique perspective of black womanhood. And exciting young musicians will break new
ground on our stages. These are the artists of our time. “
Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz
Chucho Valdés presents La Creación Concert Hall
October 12 at 8 p.m.
The great Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés
presents La Creación, a bold new work for big band, Afro-Cuban percussion, and vocals with
elements of Santería ritual music, African music, blues, and what Valdés describes as “an
atmosphere in the style of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew.”
Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ogresse Eisenhower Theater
November 12 at 7:30 p.m.
“She falls in love. She eats the guy. She dies.” Jazz meets
theater in Ogresse, a new musical journey of myth and song created by award-winning vocalist
and master storyteller Cécile McLorin Salvant. With its dark, romantic
“fairytale-like” story, Ogresse is a delightfully poignant and playful addition to
Salvant’s, award-winning, eclectic body of work.
Jason Moran & Christian McBride Terrace Theater
Pianist Jason Moran and bassist Christian McBride
are two of the most sought-after artists alive, but they are far more than that. Both
musicians hold a deep appreciation for the entire tradition of Jazz, and that love infuses
every note they play. Don’t miss Moran and seven-time Grammy winner McBride combine their
talents for an unforgettable one-night-only performance.
An Evening with Fred Hersch and esperanza spalding Studio K
Pianist and composer Fred Hersch, called “a living
legend” by The New Yorker, and vocalist esperanza spalding, whom NPR cites as “the
21st Century’s first jazz genius,” present an exhilarating evening of songs from the Great
American Songbook, music from Brazil, and brand-new compositions.
Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya Concert Hall
April 30 at 8 p.m.
Abdullah Ibrahim is true pioneer of South African
jazz—Jason Moran calls the Cape Town-born icon and 2019 NEA Jazz Master “South Africa’s Duke
Ellington.” His groundbreaking ensemble Ekaya (the Zulu word for Home or Homeland) are sure
to deliver an unforgettable experience.
George Benson Concert Hall May 14 at 8 p.m.
The living legend returns to the Kennedy Center! A timeless
guitar master, George Benson has the rare distinction of being in the pop
consciousness while remaining in the pantheon of jazz greats. Don’t miss this world-class
act—the coolest Mother’s Day tickets in town.