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Season Events

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Havana Cuba All-Stars

September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, the Havana Cuba All-Stars band makes its debut tour of the United States with “Cuban Nights,” a program of songs and music celebrating the extraordinary musical legacy of Cuba. Drawing inspiration from traditional Cuban Son—a genre which later gave way to salsa—the program’s infectious melodies and rhythms are a rich product of the cultural diversity of the Cuban people. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

GPAC Food Truck and Music Festival

GPAC Food Truck and Music Festival

September 25, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

You asked for another one so you got it!...Join us in the GPAC Grove for great music, local food trucks and family fun!  GPAC’s Food Truck and Music Festival is Sunday, September 25 from 12 pm to 6 pm.  The free festival includes performances by Memphis Jones, Southern Avenue, Motel Mirrors, School of Rock and DJ Mark Anderson. About 10 food trucks will be on-site to satisfy every appetite. The Education FUNd Zone will include a bounce house, carnival games with prizes, and other activities for kids. Donations from the kid's zone will go to towards GPAC's Arts Education Fund. Bring your appetites, some cash, blankets and folding chairs and enjoy the GPAC Grove all afternoon, but please no coolers.

ArtSavvy: What is your Jazz?

ArtSavvy: What is your Jazz?

September 29, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Let’s talk jazz with some of Memphis’s very best jazz musicians. We will explore various styles of jazz, highlight the performances coming to GPAC this season and discuss what it takes to be a jazz musician today. This session will feature a special guest appearance of New York-based trumpeter and vocalist, Jumaane Smith along with local favorites Victor Sawyer and Brian "Breeze" Cayolle.

This is a FREE event with reservations required. Please contact the Box Office at 751-7500 for reservations.

Jazz in the Box presents Jumaane Smith, trumpet & vocals

September 30, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

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An award-winning trumpeter and vocalist, Jumaane (pronounced JEW-MAH-KNEE) Smith experienced unprecedented success at a very young age. At 16, he performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with his high school jazz band, and only a few years later, Smith was invited to join the inaugural Jazz Studies department at Julliard. The program was created by jazz legend Winton Marsalis and allowed Smith to supplement the unstructured jazz education he received attending and playing gigs around New York City. At Julliard, he immersed himself in trumpet technique, classical repertoire, jazz technique and jazz repertoire. In addition to honing his performance skills, Smith also studied orchestration and arranging classical and jazz pieces, music production and music software notation.

Ramsey Lewis

October 01, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Pianist, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as “the great performer,” a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections that display his early gospel roots and classical training coupled with his love of jazz and other musical forms. Known for his unforgettable sound and outgoing personality, Lewis has been an icon in the world of contemporary jazz for more than 50 years. Subscribe and save up to 30%! 

Del & Dawg Songs and Stories

October 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Del & Dawg Songs and Stories celebrates the bluegrass friendship that the two legendary musicians have shared for more than 50 years.  Bluegrass royalty Del McCoury and David Grisman met fortuitously in 1963 and three years later the pair would play their first show together. They have collaborated countless times since then at legendary venues and a range of festivals across the country. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Artsavvy: Mark Twain at Large

Artsavvy: Mark Twain at Large

October 20, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Mark Twain At Large is a stunning one-man theatrical tour de force that introduces us to the 70-plus-year-old Twain on a stormy night in his Connecticut home. Racing in from thunderous rains, he invites the audience into his study for an intimate conversation filled with stories and anecdotes taken directly from Twain’s writings. Ron Jewell’s performance has been hailed across the country as “personable and touching,” as critics and audience members alike have delighted in his retelling of Twain’s tall tales.

Lisa Fischer

October 29, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Grammy Award winner Lisa Fischer is finally in the spotlight. She’s toured and recorded with an impressive list of music legends, including the Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin and many, many more, and she was also recently featured in the Oscar winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. Now, it’s her name that’s at the top of the marquee. She’s bringing her incredible voice and stellar backing band to GPAC for one intimate and sure-to-be-spectacular performance. Subscribe and save up to 30%! 

Jazz in the Box presents Bill Cunliffe, piano

November 11, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

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Jazz pianist and composer, Bill Cunliffe, is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. The Grammy Award-winning artist and two-time Emmy nominee began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. Cunliffe, a musical Jack of all trades, plays with his trio, his big band, his Latin band (Imaginación), and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif. 

John Hiatt

November 12, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

John Hiatt is a multiple Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist whose 40-year career has showcased his range and versatility in musical styles. Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop and Rosanne Cash. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Jazz in the Box presents Katie Thiroux, bass & vocals

January 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

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Katie Thiroux began playing acoustic bass at the age of 8 and soon after started exploring jazz and classical vocal styles. Since then, she has built a reputation on her swinging bass and clear vocals. Thiroux's instrumental arrangements are both inspired by and reflective of her musical idols: Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker and Anita O’Day. Her passion for jazz music extends beyond performance and technique. Thiroux believes that exposure to jazz history, culture and styles through education is vital in keeping the music alive and thriving.

Regina Carter

January 14, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Over a span of more than two decades, violinist Regina Carter has established herself as an enduring and creative force in jazz. She demonstrates an unbridled artistry and imagination and has explored a broad diversity of styles from jazz to classical and soul to African. Carter draws from a diverse well of influences that include classical, Motown swing, funk, and world music, among others. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

January 21, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of award-winning choreographer Alonzo King, LINES Ballet is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity, blending traditional ballet choreography with pioneering contemporary dance. Subscribe and save up to 30%! 

Balé Folclórico da Bahia

January 29, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

The only professional folk dance company in Brazil, Balé Folclórico da Bahia is a 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers that performs a spectacular repertory based on “Bahian” folkloric dances of African origin including slave dances, capoeira (a form of martial arts), samba and those celebrating Carnival. The company presents the region’s most important cultural manifestations under a contemporary theatrical vision that reflects its popular origins. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Joey Alexander

February 11, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Since jazz piano wunderkind Joey Alexander first encountered the piano at the age of six, his musical intuition has flourished alongside a love of jazz. His talent has taken the world by storm, stunning audiences across the globe.

Last year, at the age of 12, Joey released his debut album My Favourite Things to great acclaim. The Indonesian jazz prodigy has become one of the youngest musicians ever to be nominated for a Grammy award; and not in one, but two categories–Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.  Subscribe and save up to 30%! 

Jazz in the Box presents Joyce Cobb, vocals

February 24, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

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Southern Soul Assembly

March 03, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Southern Soul Assembly featuring JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson and Anders Osborne debuted last spring to rave reviews. All highly seasoned artists and band leaders, they have demonstrated a natural ability to contribute to each other’s music through harmonies and guitar, each building and adding meaningfully to the songs. Southern Soul Assembly draws from the rich legacy of American Southern culture of each of the players. Subscribe and save up to 30%! 

Al Jarreau

March 04, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures. Since the mid-1970s, this versatile singer has applied his distinctive and instantly recognizable vocal style – a unique combination of lyrical swing and captivating vocalese – to a broad spectrum of musical genres. With this eclectic approach, he has earned much success along the way – enough to position him as the only vocalist in history to claim Grammy Awards in the three distinct genres of jazz, pop and R&B. Subscribe and save up to 30%! 

Jazz in the Box presents Bobby Broom, Master Jazz Guitar Series

March 24, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

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Stacey Kent

March 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Stacey Kent began her musical career as an interpreter of American standards, bringing her own unmistakable, intimate and emotionally intelligent style to a vast repertoire. A natural minimalist, she gained a legion of fans for her "less is more" approach. While her music has become increasingly involved with French and Brazilian influences, the same quiet intensity that characterized her interpretation of the "Great American Songbook" has continued to inform her singing. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

MOMIX

March 31, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

A perennial crowd favorite, MOMIX is a company of dance-illusionists known for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty.  With nothing more than light, shadow, props and the human body, MOMIX has wowed audiences throughout the world for more than 30 years. Momix transports audiences from their everyday lives to a fantasy world through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery. Subscribe and save 30%! 

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical

April 02, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Featuring all the extravaganza, escapism and romance that is "Bollywood," this production is a fusion of east and west, classical dance steps, new impossibly sexy moves, traditional silks and turbans with leather and lycra with modern music played on the finest Indian Classical instruments.

This turbo-charged, joyfully uplifting show is a riot of swirling colour, high-energy music and sensational dance scenes. This is a true Masala musical "a spicy mixture of action, comedy, melodrama, songs and thrilling dance sequences." Subscribe and save up to 30%!

NBE Springloaded: Coppélia Remix

April 07, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

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Memphis’s own New Ballet Ensemble is nationally known for their unique hybrid dance creations, stirring up classical ballet, contemporary dance, tap, hip-hop, flamenco and Memphis Jookin’ into captivating theatrical productions that appeal to all ages. The Ensemble returns to GPAC with Springloaded, featuring Coppélia Remix, a condensed reinvention of the ballet classic set at A. Schwab’s on Beale Street. When lonely toymaker Dr. Coppélius creates a beautiful life-sized doll, high-spirited complications and mistaken identities lead to a happy ending for all. Subscribe and save up to 30%! 

Russian National Ballet: Don Quixote

April 20, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Resplendent with glittering costumes, lavish sets and Leon Minkus’ sweeping score, this colorful production is Russian ballet at its most powerful and thrilling, transporting audiences to a make-believe Spain where dancing dryads, gypsies, and knights will delight audiences. Subscribe and save up to 30%! 

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