DSO Paradise Jazz Series double bill: Anat Cohen Quartet and Kendrick Scott & Oracle will perform at Orchestra Hall, March 22

- Planet D Nonet will present post-concert Swing Dance Party in The Cube

Detroit, (March 14, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Paradise Jazz Seriescontinues with a one-night only double bill concert: Israeli clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohenand her quartet and drummer Kendrick Scott and his collective Oracle

Cohen’s virtuosity and creativity have made her one of the most vital clarinetists in jazz, with a special affinity for the sounds and culture of Brazil. Scott is a longtime member of Terence Blanchard’s band and the leader of Oracle, who release their new album A Wall Becomes a Bridgenext month.

The concert takes place Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

The Civic Jazz Orchestra (CJO), comprising members of the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles, will perform a pre-concert set beginning at 6 p.m. The CJO performance is free for all Paradise Jazz Series ticketholders.

The same evening, award-winning swing band Planet D Nonet will perform at a Swing Dance Party in The Cube, directly across the William Davidson Atrium from Orchestra Hall. A swing dance lesson with dance instructor Paul Carryer will begin at 9:00 p.m., with live music starting at 10 p.m. The Swing Dance Party is presented in partnership with NextGen, the DSO’s young professionals membership program.

The Paradise Jazz Series is made possible by General Motors with support from MGM Grand Detroit. The Swing Dance Party is sponsored by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, with additional support by Quicken Loans and The Boston Consulting Group.

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

About Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen is a celebrated and best-selling jazz clarinetist who is recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the instrument. She has been named Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007 and has won Rising Star and Jazz Artist of the Year citations from DownBeat. Cohen was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and attended music school before joining the Israeli Air Force band as part of her mandatory military service. She attended Berklee College of Music through the World Scholarship Tour and became the first Israeli musician to headline the Village Vanguard in 2009.

Cohen began her international career as a member of the Diva Jazz Orchestra, the Choro Ensemble, and Duduka Da Fonseca’s Samba Jazz Quintet. She has also performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Fred Hersch, Christian McBride, and Omara Portuondo, and served as music director of the Newport Jazz Festival Now 60! all-star band in 2014. She is well known as a member of the 3 Cohens Sextet, performing alongside her brothers Yuval and Avishai.

Cohen has released several albums as a bandleader, lead collaborator, or as part of the 3 Cohens Sextet. Her latest, released on Anzic in October 2017, is Happy Song, which touches on her diverse interests in music from Brazil to southern Africa. The album marks her leadership of the new Anat Cohen Tentet, which originally debuted at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan and later performed at the Newport Jazz Festival. Cohen also appears alongside Fred Hirsch on a recent live album, Live in Healdsburg, released by Anzic in March 2018.

Cohen also keeps busy as an educator, with recent residencies at Stanford University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Michigan State University, UC San Diego, the Centrum Choro Workshop, and California Brazil Camp.

About Kendrick Scott

Kendrick Scott is a jazz drummer, composer, and educator originally from Houston, TX. He is a longtime member of Terence Blanchard’s band; their 2005 album Flow was nominated for the Best Instrumental Jazz Album Grammy Award, and Scott’s composition on the album—“The Source”—received an additional Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Solo (performed by Herbie Hancock). Scott has also shared the stage with Gary Burton, Kenny Garrett, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Stefon Harris, Diane Reeves, David Sanborn, Mark Turner, and many other artists.

Scott attended Berklee College of Music after winning several awards as a high schooler, including the Clifford Brown / Stan Getz Award given by the International Association of Jazz Educators and The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. He has toured nationally and internationally with various artists, appeared on dozens of records as a sideman, and performed on the soundtracks to several feature films.

Scott founded the record label World Culture Music in 2006. With his group Oracle, he released his first album as a bandleader, The Source, that same year. In 2013 World Culture Music released Conviction, and in 2015 Blue Note released We Are the Drum—Scott’s first recording as a bandleader for the storied label. Oracle’s new album, A Wall Becomes a Bridge, will be released on Blue Note on April 5, 2019. “A wall is a provocation,” Scott explains, adding that he “loves to create things for conversations. So I also wanted the idea to speak about a certain president.”

The recording’s lead single, “Mocean,” is available to stream online. “Scott invests seriously in the ancient ideal of music as a healing force, and the notion that through focus and attunement, he might create sounds that resonate with our particular moment,” writes Giovanni Russonello for The New York Times.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Anat Cohen Quartet and Kendrick Scott & Oracle begin at $19 and can be purchased at dso.org, by calling (313) 576-5111, or in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit).

General admission tickets for the 6 p.m. Civic Jazz Orchestra performance are $15 and free for all Paradise Jazz ticketholders.

Tickets for the Swing Dance Party in The Cube are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and $8 for Paradise Jazz ticketholders. NextGen members are invited to purchase $15 tickets for a VIP experience that includes a free drink and light refreshments; this experience is complementary for NextGen Plus members.

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

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication 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. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.