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November 16, 2019 | 7:30 pm
$17 - $44

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Blue Note Records, considered the world’s most-respected and longest-running jazz label, brings its
80th Anniversary Celebration Tour: The State of Jazz 2019 tour to TCA. Featuring three of the hottest modern jazz artists today - vocalist Kandace Springs, Pianist James Francies, and Saxophonist James Carter and his Organ Trio - the show is a spectacular celebration of the “Current State of Jazz.”


James Francies – Piano / Trio

22-year-old James Francies is next in the long line of jazz pianists who have characterized the music of Blue Note.  He has recorded and or performed with Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Robert Glasper and Lauryn Hill, among many others. He also performed on Chance The Rapper’s hit single “No Problem” which went on to win 2 Grammy Awards. In addition, he frequently fills-in with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon. 

“James Francies is a force on the ground in New York. He’s a pianist with liquid dynamism in his touch."
— The New York Times

Kandace Springs– Vocalist and keyboards / Trio

Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 27-year old, Nashville based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, mimics none of them.  Springs eventually attracted the attention of Prince, who had heard her makeover of Sam Smiths “Stay With Me”. The music icon then invited her to perform with him at Paisly Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain.  She has since appeared on Ghostface Killah's 36 Seasons, Aqualung's 10 Futures, and Black Violin's Stereotypes. Her second full length Blue Note album “Indigo” will be released Sept 7, 2018.

"Kandace Springs has a voice that could melt snow" — Prince

James Carter Organ Trio, James Carter – Saxophone / Trio

James Carter is a 49 year old Saxophonist from Detroit. He has recorded 18 albums under his own name while appearing on many more with artists including The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Ginger Baker (Cream), Kathleen Battle, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Madeleine Peyroux, and Marcus Miller, among others. The organ combo reigned for several decades as jazz’s meat-and-potatoes mainstay, a populist vehicle for blues-drenched blowing. In the hands of James Carter, one of jazz’s most sophisticated improvisers, the organ trio is no less meaty and satisfying. But his virtuosic saxophone chops elevate the organ combo to a rarefied realm defined by delectable soul, a gourmet repertoire, and consistently inspired group interplay. Featuring the lithe and muscular keyboard work of Detroit’s rising B3 star Gerard Gibbs and the propulsive drum support of Motor City trap master Alex White, the multi-generational James Carter Organ Trio is now in its seventeenth year. 

"(Carter is)... at his earthiest and most accessible with this classic Hammond organ trio lineup. Carter can be sumptuously romantic or exhilaratingly funky."
— The Guardian

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