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Ty's Take: 2012-2013 Jammin' At The Gem Talent And Dates

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Chick Corea The Jammin’ at the Gem Concert Series is back again with five stellar performances lined up.

This season kicks off on September 29th with Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Chick Corea
b.1941
piano
and Gary Burton
Gary Burton
Gary Burton
b.1943
vibraphone
and the Harlem String Quartet. Corea is one of the most well renown and respected composers in all of music and has received over fifty Grammy nominations during his illustrious career. Burton is a self taught vibraphone virtuoso and six time Grammy winner. The Harlem Quartet was founded in 2006 and is focused on advancing diversity in classical music in urban communities.

Grammy Award winning vocalist Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling
Kurt Elling
b.1967
vocalist
headlines the second show of the season on February 16th, 2013. Elling is a ten time Grammy nominee and has also won the Down Beat Magazine Critics Poll 12 times as Male Vocalist of the Year.

The third show celebrates the Monterey Jazz Festival right here in Kansas City with the 55th Anniversary Tour on March 23rd, 2013. This exclusive presentation will feature Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
b.1950
vocalist
, Christian McBride
Christian McBride
Christian McBride
b.1972
bass
, Benny Green
Benny Green
Benny Green
b.1963
piano
, Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash
b.1958
drums
, Chris Potter, and Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire
b.1982
trumpet
.

Saturday April 20th, 2013 will feature Eric Harland
Eric Harland
Eric Harland
b.1976
drums
and his quintet, Voyager, as the fourth show of the season. Voyager members include Taylor Eigsti on piano, Walter Smith III
Walter Smith III
Walter Smith III
b.1980
sax, tenor
on saxophone, Julian Lage
Julian Lage
Julian Lage

guitar
on guitar, and Harish Raghavan on Bass.

The finale performance on May 18th will showcase Alex Bugnon
Alex Bugnon
Alex Bugnon
b.1958
keyboard
featuring Cindy Bradley
Cindy Bradley
Cindy Bradley

trumpet
to headline the American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration.


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