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September 2011

Piper Jaffray Jazz at Orchestra Hall

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA JAZZ AT ORCHESTRA HALL SERIES LINEUP FOR 2011-2012 Led by Artistic Director of Jazz Irvin Mayfield, four-concert series features Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrating Wynton Marsalis’ 50th birthday; an evening of solo piano with Herbie Hancock; Lizz Wright and Kurt Elling; and A Love Letter to New Orleans featuring Mayfield and hosted by Soledad O’Brien

The Minnesota Orchestra’s lineup for its 2011-12 Piper Jaffray Jazz at Orchestra Hall series promises an innovative fifth season. The series—led by Artistic Director of Jazz Irvin Mayfield—includes the return of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, followed by an evening of solo piano with the legendary Herbie Hancock; a special Valentine’s show performed by greats Lizz Wright and Kurt Elling; and a tribute to the city of New Orleans featuring Irvin Mayfield, narrator Soledad O’Brien and special guests. “Piper Jaffray is proud to have aligned with the Minnesota Orchestra in bringing worldclass jazz to the stage of Orchestra Hall,” said Jon Salveson, Vice Chairman, Corporate Investment Banking at Piper Jaffray and Minnesota Orchestra board member. “This fifth season looks to be an exciting lineup for audiences and is sure to add to our community’s arts landscape.” Irvin Mayfield was named the Minnesota Orchestra’s first artistic director of jazz in July 2008, a post in which he oversees all jazz series programming, appears as performer and participates in education and outreach programs. A native of New Orleans, Mayfield is known as an outstanding trumpeter, as founder and leader of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra—with which

he won a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album—and as an impassioned Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans. In March 2010 he was named to the National Council on the Arts, a body that advises the National Endowment for the Arts on grant applications and funding categories. The Programs Piper Jaffray Jazz at Orchestra Hall JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES WYNTON MARSALIS’ 50th BIRTHDAY Sunday, October 2, 2011, 7 p.m. / Orchestra Hall Under Wynton Marsalis’ direction, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) performs a repertoire across the full jazz spectrum—from the genre’s New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. Marsalis has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers. On this new tour and to celebrate Marsalis’ 50th birthday, the JLCO will showcase a retrospective of his music written for big band. The orchestra will also perform the unique repertoire for which it is world renowned: modern jazz renditions of traditional favorites including tunes by Thelonious Monk, classic Blue Note Records selections by Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan and Joe Henderson, and modern compositions and arrangements by jazz contemporaries including members of the JLCO. [Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this concert.] _____________________________________________________________________________________

Piper Jaffray Jazz at Orchestra Hall AN EVENING WITH HERBIE HANCOCK Friday, October 28, 2011, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, performing here in a rare and very special solo piano performance, has earned 14 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award during his illustrious 50-year career. An icon of modern music, Hancock has maintained an unmistakably clear voice as a pianist and composer—while creating music that transcends boundaries and genres. [Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this concert.] _____________________________________________________________________________________

Piper Jaffray Jazz at Orchestra Hall LIZZ WRIGHT AND KURT ELLING BE MY VALENTINE Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall Lizz Wright, vocals Kurt Elling, vocals Singer-songwriter Lizz Wright, last welcomed to Orchestra Hall in July 2010, is one of the jazz world’s most celebrated rising stars, moving freely between genres, from blues and gospel to folk, soul and R&B. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling has been named Male Singer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association on a half dozen occasions in the past ten years. In this program, Wright and Elling first perform separately, then come together as a duo to celebrate the romance of the season. [Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this concert.] _____________________________________________________________________________________

Piper Jaffray Jazz at Orchestra Hall

A LOVE LETTER TO NEW ORLEANS HOSTED BY SOLEDAD O’BRIEN featuring Irvin Mayfield and his Quintet with special guests Aaron Neville, Bill Summers and Jason Marsalis A MULTI-MEDIA CONCERT CELEBRATION! Friday, April 6, 2012, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall Irvin Mayfield, trumpet Aaron Neville, vocals Bill Summers, percussion Jason Marsalis, drums Soledad O’Brien, host A Love Letter to New Orleans, Irvin Mayfield’s book and CD of the same name, is an intimate reflection on the many influences that led the talented young kid from New Orleans to become one of his generation’s greatest jazz trumpeters. Hosted by journalist Soledad O’Brien, Mayfield’s friend and contributor of the book’s foreward, the evening includes a cast of guest musicians—true New Orleans royalty—performing music from the CD, an inspired revelation of Mayfield’s journey as an artist. [Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this concert.] _____________________________________________________________________________________ Individual tickets are available for purchase through Minnesota Orchestra Ticket Services at 11th and Marquette in Minneapolis, online at or by calling (612) 371-5656 or (800) 292-4141. For groups of 10 or more, call (612) 371-5662 or (800) 292-4141, ext. 662. Prices listed do not include a $5.75 service charge per transaction for all phone or mail orders. Save $1 by purchasing tickets online or by having the Orchestra e-mail your tickets. There are no service charges for subscribers, group purchasers or in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office. A non-discountable $3.50 facility fee is included in the price of each individual ticket. No refunds. Some fees and restrictions may apply to ticket exchanges. All sales are final.

All programs, artists, dates and times subject to change. 2011-12 series sponsor: Piper Jaffray Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2011-12 season. Jazz 88 and Star Tribune are the media partners for the 2011-12 Piper Jaffray Jazz at Orchestra Hall Series. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.



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