16th Athenaeum fall jazz series expected to sell-out


Athenaeum’s jazz program returns to The Auditorium at TSRI (formerly The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive) for its annual fall series, featuring three jazz leaders — bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride, audience-favorite Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza, and a rare West Cost appearance by trumpet-master Tom Harrell with his nine-piece ensemble.

Each concert begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices were adjusted to offset new expenses associated with the change in management at the auditorium. The series is $90 for members, $105 for nonmembers.

Single concert tickets cost $32 for members, $37 for nonmembers at (858) 454-5872 or www.ljathenaeum.org/jazz

• The series begins on Monday, Sept. 24, with the Christian McBride Trio, featuring jazz bassist McBride along with two rising stars, Christian Sands on piano and Ulysses Owens Jr., on drums. McBride, has been one of the most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for the past 20 years. As a sideman alone, the three-time Grammy winner has worked with Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny.

• Saturday, Oct. 13 marks a return visit by Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza with guitarist Larry Koonse and bassist David Piltch. Her appearance is in support of two forthcoming CD releases, “Brazilian Duos III,” her third volume of classics, and “The Book of Chet,” a tribute to the music of trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker. Souza’s critically celebrated “Brazilian Duos” and “Brazilian Duos II” earned her Grammy nominations for best jazz vocal recording in 2002 and 2005.

• Thursday, Oct. 25 brings the nine-member Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble, with trumpeter and fluegelhornist Harrell and his jazz quintet (Wayne Escoffery on saxophones, Danny Grissett on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums) plus four chamber players (Charles Pillow on flute, Meg Okura on violin, Rubin Kodheli on cello, and Rale Micic on guitar).

This ensemble will feature Harrell’s richly textured arrangements of music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as his own compelling originals.