Eau Claire Jazz Festival
April 26th, 2019 | Starts at: 7:30 pm | RCU Theatre
The festival breaks out of its campus walls in the evenings for featured performances by guest artists, Grace Kelly & New York Voices, backed by the nationally renowned UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I. Some of the top bands from the day's school competition will get the opportunity to play in front of a packed house.
“Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room,” says, band leader Jon Batiste. Singer, saxophonist, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly’s 10thCD Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
2018 marks the eve of New York Voices 31th Anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down. This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art. They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. The art of survival as a group in the music business is as much testimony of their success as their vocal finesse’. That, and say still coming to mind to the great creative forces out there that want to play with the vocal stacking idiom. They are first call from great arrangers and conductors like Bob Mintzer, Don Sebesky, Michael Abene, Keith Lockhart, and Rob Fisher who all know and admire the complexity of what they do and want something out of the ordinary when developing new projects. Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before — Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer — they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come.
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Tickets starting at $15.