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Segerstrom Center, Orange County, Announces 2012-13 Jazz & Cabaret Series

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COSTA MESA, CA: Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli, two of today’s most exciting vocalists, will join forces for an unforgettable evening of the Great American Songbook on Oct. 5 as part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts 2012-2013 Jazz and Cabaret. Both artists bring finesse to their interpretations of classic standards, making each fresh and deeply personal.

As Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 As well, the intimate Samueli Theater, with tables and service, is the setting for smaller event.

Opening this year's series, Sept. 28, famed jazz guitarist Pat Matheny and his Unity Band fronted by world renowned guitarist and composer.

On Nov. 3, Charlie Haden and Quartet West will play in the Concert Hall. Iconic bassist, composer and bandleader Haden and his superb group celebrate 25 years playing the essence of cool jazz. His signature approach transformed music not typically thought of as jazz into atmospheric interpretations of new jazz standards.

Following, on Nov. 24, the Ahmad Jamal Quartet makes its center debut also in the large concert Hall. He has been inspiring fellow musicians for decades with his stylistic interpretations of the keyboard, including hi hit version of “Poinciana.”

Ninety Miles, the Cuban group, plays Dec. 14 and 15 in the smaller Samueli Theater. Three of America's rising talents are joined by special guest artists for a sizzling exploration of the Cuban influence on jazz. Featuring all stars Stefon Harris, vibes; Nicholas Payton, trumpet; David Sanchez, saxophones; Edward Simon, piano; Luques Curtis, bass; Henry Cole, drums, Maracio Herrera, congas.

The all-star band from the Monterey Jazz Festival: 55th Anniversary Concert is scheduled, Jan. 13, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocal; Christian McBride, bass; Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpeter; Chris Potter, sax; Benny Green, piano; Lewis Nash, drums.

The group will play in the concert Hall. Monterey is synonymous with jazz and the 55th Anniversary tour celebrates the Festival's legacy of expanding the boundaries of live jazz presentation with an incredible all star line-up.

Heralding in spring, March 13, will be Muddy & The Wolf: Blues at the Crossroads II,featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds, With James Cotton, Jody Williams, Bob Margolin and JJ Grey. The event takes place in the Concert Hall. Today's most successful blues band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, headlines this rocking' tribute to two blues legends, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

The final jazz event will by April 7, will feature in the concert hall, playing the twin pianos of Louis Mazetier (Paris) and Jeff Barnhart (USA), world famous for their stride techniques.

They have played the Orange County Classic Jazz Festival for 12 years.

The slate for the Cabaret Series include Michael Feinstein’s Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Oct. 27, at Segerstrom Hall. Feinstein makes his first visit to the Center in more than 15 years. Lea Salonga, Jan. 19, at Concert Hall. With her sumptuous soprano. She has earned a legion of fans since bursting onto the international theater scene as the title character in Miss Saigon.

Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley play Feb. 14-16, at Samueli Theater. For this special Valentine's engagement, “Broadway's Golden Couple" shares the story of their courtship and romance, all by using their favorite songs and show tunes.

Barbara Cook 85th Birthday Concert is scheduled, April 13, at the Concert Hall.

The one-and-only Barbara Cook returns to the Center with a few talented friends for a milestone event celebrating the 85th birthday of this American treasure.

Andrea Martin and Betty Buckley play May 16–18, at Samuel Teeter. The Tony winner and TV star have spent her life bringing joy to others on one stage or another.

Ticket sales and information are available over the phone from our Ticket Services Office, open daily 714) 556-2787. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746.

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