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Jason Moran plays Thelonious Monk in Orchestra Hall as DSO's Paradise Jazz Series continues on February 9

A night of jazz and swing at The Max, also featuring the Civic Jazz Orchestra and a Swing Dance Party in The Cube

Detroit, (January 31, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Paradise Jazz Series continues with a one-night-only concert featuring Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon in a multimedia celebration of Thelonious Monk. Created in 2007, IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall, 1959 is a critically-acclaimed performance experience that investigates Monk’s famous recording Monk at Town Hall. The program examines Monk’s process of creating this seminal concert using audio of conversations with the pianist and his arranger Hal Overton.

The Big Bandwagon is: Jason Moran (piano), Tarus Mateen (bass), Eric McPherson (drums), Detroit native JD Allen (tenor sax), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Immanuel Wilkins (alto sax), Frank Lacy (trombone), Bob Stewart (tuba), David Dempewolf (videographer), and Sascha Von Oertzen (audio engineer).

The concert takes place Friday, February 9 at 8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

A combo of Civic Jazz Orchestra (CJO) members, one of the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles, will kick of the evening with a pre-concert performance free to all Paradise Jazz Series ticketholders. Detroit jazz musician Marcus Elliot will direct the group.

That same evening, the Swing Dance Party returns to The Cube, across the William Davidson Atrium from Orchestra Hall. The Swing Dance Party will kick off with cocktails and a live DJ at 9 p.m., a dance lesson beginning at 9:30 p.m., and an open dance floor featuring live music by clarinet virtuoso Dave Bennett and the full CJO from 10 p.m. to midnight.

See below for more information, including ticketing details, for both events.

The Paradise Jazz Series is made possible with support from MGM Grand Detroit.

Please note: the DSO does not appear on these performances.

About Jason Moran

Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. He and his group The Bandwagon—with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits—have challenged the status quo and earned the reputation as “the future of jazz.”

A MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow, Moran goes looking for inspiration everywhere, and he often finds it. Equally influenced by early bebop greats, 80s hip-hip, expressionist painters, modernist furniture, and the art of the everyday, he is a master of blending mediums, ideas, and talents into fresh jazz expression.

Moran studied at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is now on the piano faculty. He has also taught and/or lectured at Yale, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, the Eastman School of Music, the Kennedy Center, the New School, MoMA, the Banff Center for the Arts, Denmarks’ Vallekilde Jazz Camp, and Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Moran has released several acclaimed albums, beginning with 1999’s Soundtrack to Human Motion, his bandleader debut. The Bandwagon was established for 2000’s Facing Left, dubbed an “instant classic” by JazzTimes magazine. Moran’s most recent Blue Note release is 2014’s All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, and his latest album is Bangs on Yes Records, released in May 2017.

Moran has collaborated with Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the estate of Jean Michel Basquiat, MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and contemporary artists Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Joan Jonas, and Adrian Piper. He has performed and/or recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter, Marian McPartland, Don Byron, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Bunky Green, Sam Rivers, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Chris Potter, Jenny Scheinman, Christian McBride, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many others.

Performance and Ticket Information

Civic Jazz Orchestra combo directed by Marcus Elliot

6:30 p.m. in The Cube

  Admission free to Paradise Jazz Series concertgoers; all others, tickets $15.

Jason Moran Plays Monk!

8 p.m. in Orchestra Hall

  Tickets start at $19.

Swing Dance Party with Dave Bennett and the CJO

Cocktails and DJ – 9 p.m.

Dance lesson – 9:30 p.m.

Live music and open dance floor – 10 p.m.

(in The Cube)

  Tickets $15 in advance, $25 at the door. All tickets are general admission. VIP experience (including reserved premium seating and a free drink) also available, $49.

Tickets for all events can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit). 

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 30% on the price of a single ticket for most DSO concerts. For more information, contact Group Sales Manager Jim Sabatella at (313) 576-5130 or jsabatella@dso.org. 

About the DSO 

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences. 

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