The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour will visit Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 16, for an evening of jazz and American Songbook favorites.
— an announcement from the Quick Center at Fairfield University
The Monterey Jazz Festival is celebrating its 65th year with an ensemble featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling, whose career exploded in 2006 when he signed with Concord Jazz and began winning multiple awards and nominations.
Elling performs alongside Monterey Jazz Festival singer Veronica Swift, and saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin. The band is directed by pianist (and Connecticut native) Christian Sands, whose third album won a Grammy for the best instrumental composition. Sands is anchored by his longtime rhythm section, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn.
“We are honored to host such incredible artists on our stage, including the return of Kurt Elling, a fan-favorite for Quick audiences,” shared Lori Jones, Quick Center director of programming and audience development. “For those that can’t make it to California annually, or perhaps miss heading to NYC to their favorite jazz club, the Quick will offer an intimate and powerhouse evening you won’t soon forget.”
If You’re Going …
Tickets are on sale now at QuickCenter.com for $30 or $20 for Quick Members. For more information, contact the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About the Monterey Jazz Festival
Celebrating America’s creativity and cultural heritage by presenting legendary jazz musicians, composers, and young rising stars since 1958, the Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest continuously running jazz festival in the world.
The group began touring in 2007 with the idea of fashioning a musical program that brings all the artistry and energy of the California festival to jazz fans throughout the country. Featuring some of the best-known names in jazz — from Terence Blanchard to Kenny Barron and Cécile McLorin Salvant — the MJF on Tour programs have played over 185 concerts to more than 150,000 people.
The Monterey Jazz Festival is supported, in part, by Cindy Raney & Team and Silverman Group.