The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in collaboration with the River City Jazz Coalition has announced the 2015-16 season of the River City Jazz Masters Series. Performances are at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.
The concert series includes a variety of jazz styles from Cuban jazz to performances with roots stemming from gospel and soul, a news release said.
The Sean Jones Quartet kicks off the season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. The concert will be preceded by a membership reception at 6 p.m. in the Gallery at Manship Theatre. Jones, of Warren, Ohio, is a world-renowned jazz trumpeter and composer. He was featured on the Grammy Award-winning “Turned to Blue” from Nancy Wilson, has released five albums and has been featured on more than 14 albums.
The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet performs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
D’Rivera, a Cuban jazz legend, is a winner of multiple Grammy Awards. A native of Havana, he performed at age 10 with the National Theater Orchestra, studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music and at 17 became a featured soloist with the Cuban National Symphony.
Carmen Lundy, a Miami native, performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15.
Lundy has performed the lead role of Billie Holiday in the off-off-Broadway play “They Were All Gardenias” by Lawrence Holder as well as the lead role in the Broadway show “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies,” and made her television debut as the star of the CBS pilot-special “Shangri-La Plaza” in the role of Geneva.
The season wraps up with the Cyrus Chestnut Trio at 7:30 p.m. March 30.
Chestnut, of Baltimore, is a world-renowned classical and jazz performer. He has been featured in works such as the “Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: The Fire of the Fundamentals,” the musical remastering of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Soul Food.”
Arts Council members can purchase tickets in advance by calling Phillip Albert at (225) 344-8558, ext. 228. For more information, visit www.artsbr.org.
Tickets range from $25 to $45 and will be available to the public beginning Aug. 31 from the Manship Theatre box office. Call (225) 344-0334 or visit www.manshiptheatre.org. To take advantage of presale offers, call (225) 344-8558.