Emerging Jazz Icons Concert Series

ATL PBS Concerts

Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Atlanta Jazz Festival

Present the Emerging Jazz Icons Series in Partnership with The Woodruff Arts Center


A New Series featuring four concerts in 2017 – 2018 with Charenée Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Christian Sands and R+R=NOW.



Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. | Variety Playhouse

$250 contribution: Pair of PIT CENTER section tickets plus MEET AND GREET 

$150 contribution: Pair of PIT CENTER section tickets

R+R=NOW is Grammy award-winning pianist and producer Robert Glasper brings his new band. Glasper says it stands for 'Reflect+Respond' – inspired by a quote from Nina Simone who once said: "An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times... So I don't think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist."

Glasper is joined by an array of exciting US contemporary stars, whose passion for jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, and R&B will be utilized in a new release later in the year. Multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Justin Tyson will all be featured alongside New Orleans trumpeter and innovator Christian Scott, plus Taylor McFerrin, son of Bobby.

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Christian Sands

Thanks for a great show! | Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. | Woodruff Arts Center – Rich Auditorium

$100 contribution: Pair of VIP Premium Tickets plus post-show Reception and Meet & Greet.

$150 contribution: Pair of VIP Premium Tickets plus post-show Reception and Meet & Greet and Atlanta Jazz Festival 40th Anniversary Coffee Table Book.

CHRISTIAN SANDS debuted his Mack Avenue Records CD earlier this year. This young Steinway Artist and five-time Grammy nominee takes his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force. He brings a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. A deeply rich and soulful feeling can be heard in Christian’s music, characterized by his infectious energy and spirit. That same spirit is what caught the attention of Grammy award winning bassist, Christian McBride, with whom he has toured throughout the world’s finest venues for more than six years.

DownBeat describes him as “an imaginative composer, a clever arranger and a skillful technician with a fluid style.” Seeing this exciting and creative talent touring with the new music he has composed for his Mack Avenue Record CD will truly be an event to see and hear! 

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Jazzmeia Horn

Thanks for a great show! | Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. | Woodruff Arts Center – Rich Auditorium

JAZZMEIA HORN is the winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Hailing from the great Dallas, Texas, Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.”  With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. It wasn’t much later when she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Lincoln Center Alumni Vincent Gardner, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess and Ellis Marsalis. 

Currently, Jazzmeia is a teaching artist in The NJPAC Wells Fargo­ Jazz for Teens Program and Jazz In The Schools Program in Newark, New Jersey. She appears in various clubs on the jazz scene nationally and internationally leading her dynamic group “The Artistry of Jazz Horn,” which includes­ pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, poet, dancer and herself as ­vocalist. 

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Charenée Wade

Thanks for a great show! | Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. | Woodruff Arts Center – Rich Auditorium

CHARENÉE WADE is not one to hold back or let fear stand in her way.  She is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who received her degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

The first artist ever to enter two Thelonious Monk vocal competitions, she walked away from the second one in 2010 with instant buzz and second place to her new friend Cecile McLorin Salvant.  Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones.

Charenée performs internationally and graces the stages of the Jazz Gallery, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the legendary Smalls and the Zinc Bar in NYC. Her debut CD, Love Walked In, was released in July 2010. Charenée is currently a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College and with the Jazzmobile Workshop program. She teaches various workshops and clinics and was an esteemed judge for the 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, alongside Dr. Billy Taylor and Grady Tate.

About the Emerging Jazz Icons Series:

Public Broadcasting Atlanta, in partnership with The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and The Woodruff Arts Center, will present the inaugural Emerging Jazz Icon series to promote up-and-coming jazz artists and continue to promote the art form that originated in the south. The Emerging Jazz Icons series will feature Charenée Wade on Nov. 4, 2017, Jazzmeia Horn on Jan. 27, 2018 and Christian Sands on April 7, 2018.

The concerts will take place at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium, and lead up to the 41st Atlanta Jazz Festival, scheduled for May 25 – 27, 2018. 

“Following the successful conclusion of the 40th anniversary of the Atlanta Jazz Festival, we felt the need to continue hosting incredible jazz artists in the City.  Searching out and presenting new voices is exactly the vision I have for the Festival. I want to discover new talent and share these discoveries.  The Mayor’s Office is thrilled to be partnering with Public Broadcasting Atlanta and The Woodruff Arts Center to bring these new and talented jazz artists to Atlanta,” said Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. 

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