Levitt Shell and Memphis Library Foundation Present

5 FRIDAYS OF FREE JAZZ

All shows will be held at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 6:30pm

3030 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN 38111 

Friday, march 9th

Friday, march 9th

WORLD SOUL PROJECT

The World Soul Project is a group of musicians who celebrate the wealth of music traditions from around the world by blending them into a brilliant collage. The result is - at times exhilarating, at other times soothing - but always soul stirring music that draws heavily from Brazil, Africa and the Southern US.

World Soul Project is a Quintet - Gerard Harris, guitar, Ben Flint, Keyboards, Barry Campbell and Dywane Thomas , bass, James Sexton, drums and Ekpe , percussion flute and Kalimba. The CD contains 16 tracks. 10 are instrumental, 1 with Spoken word (T.O.Crivens) and the remaining 5 feature vocalists (2 by Will Graves, 2 by Valencia Robinson, 1 by Tamara Jones-Monger). The blend includes Brazilian and African beats, hip hop, jazz and funk.

FRiday, March 23rd

FRiday, March 23rd

HOPE CLAYBURN AND SOUL SCRIMMAGE FEAT. JOYCE COBB

Clayburn's funky saxophone, flute chops, and soulful vocals have given her the opportunity to play with prestigious musicians such as James Brown, The Allman Brothers Band, Maceo Parker, and the North Mississippi Allstars. She came back to Memphis after European tour in 2009 with The Dynamites.

Her band Soul Scrimmage mixes soul and funk tunes with afrobeat and reggae, which is intended to create an energetic and uplifting atmosphere. The band features Hope on sax and flute. She also provides vocals and serves as composer. Robert Allen Parker Jr., creator of the The Broken String Collective, plays on the guitar. Public Enemy's lead guitarist Khari Wynn is on bass.

Joyce Cobb is recognized as one of Memphis Tennessee's finest vocalists.  For decades, Joyce Cobb has been delivering her unique elegant style of jazz, pop, contemporary, and soul music to audiences throughout the mid-South region and across the country! And she cultivates one of the deepest song lists you'll ever listen to - everything from jazz to blues, standards to pop, r&b to country, and even some "scattin'" and reggae thrown in for good measure. Joyce is a master at reading the audience, leading it, engaging it, playing to it! Any setting, any scene, any occasion.

FRIDAY, April 6th

FRIDAY, April 6th

THE MAGUIRE TWINS

Carl Seitaro Maguire & Alan Shutaro Maguire, were born in Tokyo on March 19, 1996.  They grew up in Hong Kong going to a British international school.  

At age 15, they moved to Memphis.  There they joined Stax Music Academy, found jazz and met Kirk Whalum, a Grammy winning saxophonist. They also met Donald Brown, who later became their teacher, mentor and producer.  At age 18, they recorded their first album, ‘The Sound of Music’ produced by Brown and Whalum as a guest artist. 

Their passionate playing style has been capturing the attention of many listeners of music including those who have no prior knowledge of jazz.  

Their performances in Japan and Hong Kong in the winter of 2013-2014 were unexpectedly popular and caught the attention of many local media outlets.  Ever since, they frequently perform around various parts of the USA, Japan and Hong Kong. 

In 2017, they recorded their second album, ‘Seeking Higher Ground’ again produced by Brown with world class artists, Aaron Goldberg(p), Bill Mobley(tp), and Gregory Tardy(ts).  With this milestone they are committed to bridge borders and generations with their music.  

Album release date: March 30, 2018

http://www.themaguiretwins.com/

Friday, April 20th

Friday, April 20th

SOUTHERN COMFORT JAZZ ORCHESTRA

The Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra has a long reputation of musical excellence at the University of Memphis. The group is comprised of 17 outstanding full-time university student musicians ranging from undergraduates through doctoral candidates. The ensemble performs a wide range of styles from composers Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington to modern composers such as Jim McNeely and Bob Brookmeyer.

They have recorded two CDs, "Voices" and "Out of the Bluffs" for Select-O-Hits, Memphis.

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Friday, May 4th

Friday, May 4th

EKPE and the AFRICAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE

A rare appearance by Ekpe Abioto and the African Jazz Ensemble, a 10-piece band made up of some of Memphis' finest musicians. The core of the band began in the early 70s as the soul group the Exotic Movement, and later changed their name to Galaxy. They've played together for over 40 years, and members have toured the world with Michael Jackson, Al Green, BB King, Eric Clapton, the Dells, Luther Allison, and Rufus and Carla Thomas. They formed the African Jazz Ensemble as a way to incorporate African influences into more traditional jazz, soul and R&B.