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BLUE NOTE 80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: THE STATE OF JAZZ 2019
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.” 

 - THE TRIO -

James Francies – Piano 

James Francies: The Houston-born, NYC-based pianist and composer released his acclaimed debut album Flight on Blue Note in 2018, and The New York Times has called him “a pianist with liquid dynamism in his touch.” Francies has played with jazz headliners like Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Stefon Harris, Eric Harland, and Terrace Martin, and racked up equally impressive credits in hip-hop and R&B: from gigs with Ms. Lauryn Hill, José James, Common, and Nas, to studio time with Chance the Rapper and appearances with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring 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 

Kandace Springs: The Nashville singer and pianist will release her 3rd Blue Note album The Women Who Raised Me in early 2020. After her head-turning 2014 self-titled EP (which caught the attention of Prince who raved “Kandace has a voice that could melt snow”), Springs released her Larry Klein produced debut album Soul Eyes in 2016, followed by her “breathtakingly eclectic” (MOJO) 2018 album Indigo produced by Karriem Riggins. The Wall Street Journal declared “the soulful pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary,” while Rolling Stone said that Springs “recalls an era when the boundaries between jazz, soul and pop were more fluid.”

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


James Carter Organ Trio, James Carter – Saxophone

James Carter: The Detroit saxophonist’s Blue Note debut James Carter Organ Trio: Live From Newport Jazz comes out Aug. 30, a thrilling live performance of Carter’s imaginative soul jazz reinvention of Django Reinhardt. “One of the most charismatic and powerful soloists in jazz,” per the New York Times, Carter harbors a command of his instruments that is astonishingly complete, though he only employs that technique in the service of canny ideas, evoking early jazz, jump blues, the avant-garde and other lessons residing inside his vast, scholarly knowledge of the music of the African-American experience.

"(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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