Story last updated at 5/20/2009 - 11:06 am
The 23rd annual festival continues through May 24 with free and ticketed events. JJ&C has been recognized by Chamber Music America and is one of two recipients of the 2009 CMAcclaim Award. The award recognizes individuals or organizations whose achievements in the ensemble music field have had a significant and lasting impact on their community or region. The festival offers an array of artistic and educational programs for youth and adults, including multi-day workshops that introduce jazz to elementary students, concerts and workshops for youth in the regional correctional facility, and jazz band clinics and workshops, led by visiting artists, for a high school ensemble in Hoonah. The award will be presented at the evening concert on May 22.
Community Day On Campus at UAS
Community Day will be held on Saturday, May 23 at the UAS Auke Bay campus. Free performances will begin at 10 a.m. with Ursa Major Strings, the Juneau Concert Band and the Possum Lodge Glee Club in the Noyes Pavilion. At 11:30 a.m., Eric Gilliam will perform in the Egan Lecture Hall. From noon-1 p.m., the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Jazz Band and Juneau Douglas High School Jazz Bands will perform in the Mournt Courtyard. A family concert, "A Musical Menagerie," will take place at 2 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall featuring Evan Drachman, Marija Stroke and Paul Rosenthal.
Concessions will be available and other events include the SeaCoast Relay finish, UAS ceramics demonstrations, pony rides, youth sailing and flyfishing demos, art activities by the Canvas, a DIPAC touch tank, a musical instrument petting zoo and more.
In case of rain, events scheduled to take place at the Mourant Courtyard will be moved to the Egan Library.
Manhattan Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m. on May 20 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for student and seniors.
The award winning group, currently in its 17th season, is known for its innovative programming, dynamic performances and commitment to reaching audiences of all ages. Members include Lew Soloff, David Taylor, Wayne du Maine, Danielle Kuhlmann and Michael Seltzer.
Anat Cohen is the festival's 2009 jazz artist in residence. Her quartet will perform at 8 p.m. on May 22 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
Cohen has established herself as one of the most versatile young multi-reedists in Manhattan, blending jazz, Brazilian choro, Afro-Cuban styles, Argentinean tango and classical music. Hailed as "#1 Rising Star Clarinetist" in Down Beat magazine's 2007 Critics Poll, Cohen leads a quartet of engaging young performers including Jason Lindner, Omer Avital and Daniel Freedman.
The "Opus 50" Concert - A Tribute to 50 Years of Statehood will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on May 21 at Chapel by the Lake. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for student and seniors.
Composer Bruce Adolphe will conduct this performance of Opus 50s including Haydn's "String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 50, No. 3," Chopin's "Mazurka in C# Minor, Op. 50, No. 3," Tchaikovsky's "Trio in A Minor, Op. 50"and Adolphe's "Three Secret Stories." Adolphe will give a brief talk on the Tchaikovsky piece at 11 a.m. on May 21 at Centennial Hall as well as a pre-concert talk on the other pieces at 6:30 p.m. at the Chapel. Performers include Evan Drachman, Harumi Rhodes, Linda Rosenthal, Paul Rosenthal and Marija Stroke.
Adolphe's compositions have been performed throughout the world. He is also an author, innovative educator and a versatile performer. He is the resident lecturer and director of family concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City and comic keyboard quiz-master on Public Radio's Piano Puzzlers, featured weekly as part of Performance Today.
Pearl Django will perform at 5 p.m. on May 23 at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for student and seniors. As their name suggests, Pearl Django's music is steeped in the European tradition of legendary "gypsy guitarist" Django Reinhardt and his famed collaborator, French-born violinist Stephane Grappelli. Based in Seattle, Pearl Django has been touring internationally for more than a decade.
Pearl Django will also perform with festival classical artists at Puttin' On the Ritz at 8 p.m. on May 23 at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall. The event will feature a classical and a jazz set with a break in between to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a no host bar. Tickets are $35 for adults and $22 for students and seniors.
the subdudes will be perform at the festival finale and dance at 8 p.m. on May 24 at Centennial Hall. Tickets are $30 for adults and $22 for student and seniors.
For the past 20 years, the subdudes have been bringing their brand of New Orleans-inspired roots music to the masses, blending blues, gospel, funk, Cajun and R&B with their own unique vocal harmonies and soulful melodies. Their sound, wrapped in slide guitar, accordion and tambourine conveys an innate sense of celebration. The straight up New Orleans funk is enough to get listeners out of their chairs to dance.
Following the performance, there will be a raffle drawing with prizes such as seven nights in Maui for two with travel provided by Alaska Airlines and a four-day Glacier Bay cruise with Cruise West. Raffle tickets are available at any festival event, and you need not be present to win.
Brown Bag Concert Series
These noontime concerts feature JJ&C musicians in casual, entertaining and kid-friendly settings.
Concerts will be held at 12 p.m. May 20-21 at the State Office Building and at 12 p.m. on May 22 at the Nugget Mall.
For more information about JJ&C, visit jazzandclassics.org. Tickets may be purchased online, at Hearthside Books, at the JJ&C office in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, or by phone at 463-3378.