Archive for May 3, 2011

Esperanza Spalding, the first jazz musician to ever win the Best New Artist GRAMMY® Award, will be opening tour dates for Prince on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2011. The acclaimed bassist/singer/composer’s performances are part of Prince’s residency-style “Welcome 2 America” tour, which includes a 21-date stand in Los Angeles that began on April 14 at the Forum.

Spalding’s band for both dates features keyboardist Raymond Angry, saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist Jef Lee Johnson and drummer Terri Lynne Carrington.

Since December, Prince has played residency-style concert series in the New York area, North and South Carolina, and Oakland, California. Many of the shows have featured guest appearances and a series of stellar opening acts, including Spalding, Cee-Lo Green, Janelle Monae, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and others.

Spalding combines the imaginative flights of a serious improviser with the musical accessibility of a pop star and within two years of her solo debut has beguiled success at nearly unimaginable heights. Esperanza, her 2008 release, spent over 70 weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and was the most successful internationally selling debut that year.

Chamber Music Society, Spalding’s most recent release, is a brilliant marriage of string and jazz trio, and a showcase for her eclectic sensibilities along with her vocal and compositional talents. Chamber Music Society spent ten weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums charts, and currently sits at No. 2.

Source:  Concord Music Group

Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.

In-between musical sets, enjoy fine art and crafts at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food court, plus artist workshops and meet & greets. And after the show, check out the late night after-parties.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

7:30pm – 10:30pm

(Gates open 6:30pm)

Special Event!


An Evening of Jazz & Funk featuring…

Herbie Hancock

David Sanborn

Marcus Miller

George Duke

10:30pm-1:30am at The Marriott BWI Hotel

Mix & Mingle Reception featuring The Urban Guerilla Orchestra

Free event!



12 noon – 10pm

(Gates open 10am)


Natalie Cole

Boney James

Phil Perry


Jonathan Butler

Alex Bugnon

“Catch A Rising Star” Showcase

featuring Lynne Fiddmont and Antone “Chooky” Caldwell


Larry Graham & Graham Central Station


Soul II Soul featuring Jazzie B & Caron Wheeler

Will Downing


10:30pm-3:00am at The Marriott BWI Hotel

Late Night Dance Party & Jam

Come eat, drink, dance, and mingle with Capital Jazz fans from across the country!

Two ballrooms of entertainment with live DJ, hot and cold buffet, plus late night jam with Spur of the Moment!

This is a ticketed event


SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011

12 noon – 10pm

(Gates open 10am)


Take 6

R&R featuring Rick Braun & Richard Elliot

Michael Franks


Patti Austin

“Catch A Rising Star” Showcase

featuring Kevin Whalum and Oli Silk



Chrisette Michele

Chuck Brown


Oleta Adams

Ruben Studdard

To see the complete festival talent lineup, please visit

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland