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Joey Alexander at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center

Saturday, October 21 at 8 PM – 10 PM

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W Capitol Dr
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045

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“I love everything about his playing—his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.” – Wynton Marsalis

After first encountering the piano at the age of six, Joey Alexander was quickly playing jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. Born on the island of Bali, this 13-year-old phenomenon is now wowing audiences all over the world, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo, and the 2016 Grammy Awards, where he received two nominations—one for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the track “Giant Steps” from his debut album My Favorite Things, and the second for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. His second studio album, Countdown, was released in 2016 and features three original compositions, and he received a nomination at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the title track. Achieving a level of critical acclaim entirely unheard of for a jazz artist of his age, media appearances and interviews have included The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, The New York Times, and People Magazine.

Tickets: $49-$71
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Please call 262-781-9520 for more information. Prices may rise based on demand.

Joey Alexander is presented as part of the Wilson Center’s 2017/2018 Performing Arts Series, which is made possible by our Series Sponsors Enterforce, Inc, Godfrey & Kahn SC, and Krause Funeral Homes and Cremation Service.

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CHRIS THILE & BRAD MEHLDAU at The Wilson Center

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Brad Mehldau – piano
Chris Thile – mandolin/vocals

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“ … whatever feels unlikely about their pairing is eclipsed by what feels perfectly natural. Mr. Thile, the mandolinist and singer with Punch Brothers, is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Capture a moment in an ongoing tour-de-force creative conversation as mandolinist/singer and A Prairie Home Companion host Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau celebrate their recently released, live-in-the-studio double album, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, in a Wilson Center concert event. After performing two sold-out duo concerts at downtown Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom in 2015, the Nonesuch Records label-mates decamped to Avatar Studios in Hell’s Kitchen, where they spent three creatively charged days recording together, exploring original compositions and an impressively eclectic stack of covers—from Joni Mitchell’s “Marcie” to Elliot Smith’s “Independence Day” to Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Employing just piano and mandolin, Thile and Mehldau’s complex work translates to “plain-faced beauty: simple, direct and exquisite” (Washington Post).

Kevin Eubanks at The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045

For nearly two decades, the world at large knew precisely where to find multi-faceted guitar hero Kevin Eubanks. For five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he played with seemingly every meaningful musician across genres. In spring of 2010, after 18 years on the job, the Philadelphia native opened a new chapter as a recording and touring artist with the release of his first album for the Mack Avenue label, Zen Food, followed by the 2013 release of his second album, The Messenger. In 2015, he teamed up with fellow modern-day jazz prophet Stanley Jordan to record an album of originals and originally drawn covers, the “wholly fanciful, meditative” Duets.

First-place winners in each competition category for the 2017 Wilson Center Guitar Festival will open for Kevin Eubanks on Saturday!

Tickets: $50-$71

The 2017 Wilson Center Guitar Festival is made possible by the support of Festival Sponsors Jackie and Michael Barber, Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, The Les Paul Foundation, Marcus Corporation Foundation, John Shiely, Vince Shiely, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Alpha Boule; Competition Prize Money Sponsor Mark and Sharon Cameli in memory of John Cameli; and Festival Partners CandyRat Records, Cascio Interstate Music, Discovery World, Girl Guitar Austin, Girls Rock, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
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19805 W. Capitol Dr
Brookfield, WI 53045
Box office: 262-781-9520
Main line: 262-781-9470

Friday, September 30, 2016
8:00pm 10:00pm

A singular collaboration of musical forces kicks off our 15th Anniversary Season when the Branford Marsalis Quartet is joined by guest vocalist Kurt Elling!

The tight-knit working band—featuring Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Justin Faulkner on drums—rarely invites other musicians into the folds of its telepathically cohesive unit, and Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility, and outstanding intonation will enable the band to perform a variety of material in new ways. Energized by the artistic promise of this collaboration, the band members have all contributed new tunes to perform with this special line-up and will be looking beyond the Great American Songbook. Although following the format of a standard jazz quartet with vocals, the collaboration between jazz’s most intense band and one of jazz’s foremost singers should prove to be anything but standard.

MACK AVENUE SUPER BAND FEATURING GARY BURTON, TIA FULLER, SEAN JONES & THE CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
Tickets: HERE
19805 W. Capitol Dr
Brookfield, WI 53045
Box office: 262-781-9520
Main line: 262-781-9470

Saturday, February 13, 2016
8:00pm 10:00pm

The Mack Avenue Super Band has become synonymous with stellar line-ups consisting of established and up-and-coming jazz artists with pronounced identities and original grooves. This year’s group—Gary Burton; Tia Fuller; Sean Jones; Christian McBride; Christian Sands; Ulysses Owens, Jr.—tops them all! Seven-time Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton has toured and recorded with a who’s who of famous jazz masters. As a member of Beyonce’s all-female band, superb saxophonist Tia Fuller brings her fire and punch, rhythmic freedom and drive, and her youthful twisting of genres. Sean Jones (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock’s Tribute To Miles tour) plays the trumpet with intense immediacy, hewing to the jazz tradition, but moving the music forward at the same time. The foundation of the Super Band is musical director and bassist Christian McBride with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

 

Diane Reeves at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
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19805 W. Capitol Dr
Brookfield, WI 53045
Box office: 262-781-9520
Main line: 262-781-9470

Saturday, December 12, 2015
8:00pm 10:00pm

Celebrate the holidays with pre-eminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves in a one-night-only concert featuring favorites of the season and songs from her critically acclaimed holiday album Christmas Time is Here! Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD’s I’ve heard.”

Recently awarded the Grammy for 2015 Best Jazz Vocal Performance forBeautiful Life, Reeves is now a five-time Grammy winner who has recorded and extensively performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Audiences will also recognize Reeves from her appearances throughout George Clooney’s Academy Award-winning Good Night and Good Luck, for which she performed every song on the Grammy-winning soundtrack.