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Paradise Jazz Series Big Band

with special guest Kurt Elling, feat. Terence Blanchard | Directed by Kris Johnson

Paradise Jazz Series Big Band

with special guest Kurt Elling, feat. Terence Blanchard | Directed by Kris Johnson

Saturday, April 30, 2022 – 8:00pm

Saturday, April 30, 2022 – 8:00pm
Livestream available Saturday, April 30 – 8:00pm
DSO Digital Concerts
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

Commemorating 80 years since Orchestra Hall reopened as the Paradise Theatre in 1941, witness the debut of the Paradise Jazz Series Big Band.

Directed by Kris Johnson (Grammy-nominated trumpeter and composer) with special guest performances by Terence Blanchard (Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer) and Kurt Elling (named “the standout male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times), the newly formed ensemble is compromised of top Detroit musicians and special guests from around the country. The Paradise Jazz Series Big Band will perform original arrangements by Kris Johnson featuring the music of Terence Blanchard, Detroit composers, Wayne Shorter, and more.

UPDATED MASK POLICY: Effective March 28, 2022, masks are optional for all patrons attending events at The Max and other DSO venues. Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test for all guests is still required upon entry. Visit dso.org/safetyplan for the latest updates.

Artists

Terence Blanchard

composer and trumpeter

Kris Johnson

Trumpet

Kurt Elling

vocalist

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time”. Over a 25-year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three Prix du Jazz Vocal (France), two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY award 15 times. He has had a 14-year run atop the DownBeat Critics and Readers polls, and has won 12 Jazz Journalists Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year”.

Kurt Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a virtuoso improvisor and a compelling storyteller. The Guardian (UK) has named Kurt Elling, “a kind of Sinatra with superpowers,” and, “one of jazz’s all-time great vocalists.”

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All in-person tickets include on-demand access for two weeks following the livestream.

Livestream Apr 30
Available on-demand until Sat, May 14

All in-person tickets include on-demand access for two weeks following the livestream.

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Presented at
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3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
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