Experience world-renowned jazz in the all-new Starrlight Jazz Club!

All shows in the newly-renovated Starr Theater

Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30pm | Tickets start at $30

The critically acclaimed saxophonist Tim Warfield, known for his distinctive and soulful tone, has assembled an all-star cast to perform arrangements of holiday gems like you’ve never heard them before. Including familiar and impressive musicians, such as Terell Stafford, Cyrus Chestnut, Stefon Harris and jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale, this bona fide ensemble performs a selection of Christmas songs with a heavy contemporary flavor, punctuating familiar tunes like “Let It Snow,” “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night” with sophisticated improvisation that elevates the iconic melodies under a veil of terrific harmonies. The result is a lively, joyful, hard-driving showcase of the sounds of the holidays.

    

MVP Jazz Quartet

Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30pm | Tickets start at $30

Four legendary musicians who have crossed paths on multiple occasions unite to perform as an ensemble for the first time. In presenting this celebratory concert, particular attention is bestowed upon the late James Williams and Mulgrew Miller - two jazz artist whose careers evolved out of the extraordinary piano tradition of Memphis and who appeared on the Walton Arts Center Jazz Series on multiple occasions. Kansas City native and former musical director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, saxophonist Bobby Watson frontlines the band of leaders along with “The Tonight Show” alumnus, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith; veteran bassist Ray “Bulldog” Drummond; and revered pianist Donald Brown in a remembrance and celebration of the music being produced 25 years ago by these two talented artists.

 
    

Etienne Charles Creole Soul

Friday, March 10 at 7:30pm | Tickets start at $30

A daring improviser who delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism, Etienne Charles brings his ebullient trumpet sound, saturated with the flavors of the Caribbean to the Starrlight Jazz Club. Charles has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. Though originally from the island of Trinidad and Tobago, he fully understands the New Orleans trumpet tradition - which is evident in his trademark instrumental swagger. With his Creole Soul Band, he fuses roots grooves from the Afro-Caribbean with the collaborative sound of American jazz – introducing audiences to new colors, textures and motifs found around the world. 

    

Justin Kauflin Trio

Saturday, April 15 at 7:30pm | Tickets start at $30

When he was just 11 years old, award-winning jazz pianist Justin Kauflin lost his eyesight. Determined to not let this define him, he went on to receive top honors in jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing professionally by age 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio. While in college, Kauflin was taken under the wing of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Clark Terry and was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Keep On Keepin’ On. Kauflin’s fame has continued to rise ever since, first winning multiple awards, including Jazz Artist of the Year and then being signed by legendary producer and music icon, Quincy Jones. Don’t miss this inspiring artist live on stage!

    

Oran Etkin: What’s New?
Reimagining Benny Goodman

Friday, April 28 at 7:30pm | Tickets start at $30

Known for superb mastery and unique sound on the sax, clarinet and bass-clarinet, Oran Etkin and his all-star ensemble pay modern homage to the legendary “king of swing” and his 1930s quartet. Presenting a program that’s both respectful to its subject and adventurous in nature, Etkin covers classics from Goodman’s repertoire with an exuberant swinging rhythm, delivers originals remade in his image, creates Goodman-sourced derivatives with eminent individuality and plays alongside a quartet of clarinet, vibraphone, piano and drums—the same instrumentation Goodman used. Though 80 years have passed since Goodman’s swing era-launch concert, Etkin is here to prove that his legacy lives on.

    

Jane Monheit: The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration

Friday, June 23 at 7:30pm | Tickets start at $30

Blessed with a voice of phenomenal beauty, Jane Monheit has established herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. But the Long Island native surprised even herself on her newest album – a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s beloved songbook. The result is a classic example of a singer leading her influences, rather than being led by them, with earthy wordless phrases and a sound that plays up her incomparable swinging, scatting, girlish side. Monheit is all woman here, pouring herself into the lyrics with sultry savoir faire.