Monday, October 17, 2016

TWO NIGHTS, TWO JAZZ LEGENDS AT McCARTER: VIJAY IYER AND CATHERINE RUSSELL IN THE BERLIND IN PRINCETON

Jazz enthusiasts will have much to look forward to in late October at McCarter Theatre Center, with weekend concerts from two of Jazz’s most critically-acclaimed artists.

These special appearances by Vijay Iyer and Catherine Russell are a part of McCarter Theatre Center’s Signature Series, which are curated by Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, the driving force behind McCarter Theatre Center’s reputation as one of the premiere arts presenters in the country. The 2016-2017 Signature Series is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Vijay Iyer, photo by Lena Adasehva.


VIJAY IYER TRIO

WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2016 – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:
Berlind Theatre, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: $65.00 and are on sale now at the McCarter Theatre Center Ticket Office, by phone at 609-258-2787, or online at www.mccarter.org.

Vijay Iyer remains a commanding presence in the world of jazz. Pianist, composer, Harvard professor, and 2013 MacArthur Fellow; he has the knack of making prickly experimentalism feel approachable, intuitive, and even stylish.

His superb trio is completed by bassist Stephen Crump and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The Vijay Iyer Trio continues to break new ground in jazz and was Downbeat Magazine’s 2015 Jazz Group of the Year.

For a video preview on the jazz styles of the Vijay Iyer Trio, click here.


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Catherine Russell, photo by Marv Goldschmidt.

CATHERINE RUSSELL: Harlem on My Mind: Songs from the Great African American Songbook

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Berlind Theatre, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: $65.00 and are on sale now at the McCarter Theatre Center Ticket Office, by phone at 609-258-2787, or online at www.mccarter.org.

A one-of-a-kind musician and vocalist, Grammy Award-winner Catherine Russell brings her unique style to the Berlind Stage with Harlem on My Mind: Songs from the Great African American Songbook, as written or performed by Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Alberta Hunter, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Mary Lou Williams, and a host of others. Russell treats the vintage songs she sings as standards and her voice is a soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power, yet remains touchingly vulnerable.

For a sneak preview of Russell’s Harlem on My Mind, click here.