2016-2017 Lineup

Dianne Reeves

Friday, September 09, 2016, Capitol Theatre

Sponsored by: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Daynes Music, ZAP

Student Outreach Sponsorship by: Sands and Penny Brooke


Back by popular demand, Dianne Reeves brings her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings to the JazzSLC series. A winner of multiple Grammy Awards, her latest is the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Reeves has performed extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, who said of Reeves, "She has one of the most powerful, purposeful and accurate voices of this or any time."

Dianne Reeves' Website

Monty Alexander Trio with John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton

Monday, October 17, 2016, Capitol Theatre

Sponsored by: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Daynes Music, ZAP

Student Outreach Sponsorship by: Dennis and Rebecca Merrill


In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander explores the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica. He has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe. Joining his trio is legendary bassist John Clayton and drummer extraordinaire Jeff Hamilton.

Monty Alexander's Website

New York Five

Saturday, November 19, 2016, Capitol Theatre

Sponsored by: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Daynes Music, ZAP

Student Outreach Sponsorship by: Mike and Martha Barton


A JazzSLC exclusive performance featuring five of the most talented musicians alive: pianist and composer Bill Charlap, drummer Lewis Nash, guitarist Russell Malone, saxophonist Houston Person and bassist Rodney Whittaker.

Bill Charlap's Website

Michel Camilo Trio

Saturday, January 07, 2017, Capitol Theatre

Sponsored by: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Daynes Music, ZAP

Student Outreach Sponsorship by: Jonathan and Colleen Horne


The artistry and virtuosity of Michel Camilo bridges the genres of jazz, classical, popular and world music. A brilliant pianist and composer, he flavors his tunes with the spice of Caribbean rhythms and jazz harmonies. To see him perform live is to witness the energy of a tropical storm being unleashed on 88 keys.

Michel Camilo's Website

Sean Jones Quartet

Saturday, February 04, 2017, Rose Wagner Theatre

Sponsored by: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Daynes Music, ZAP

Student Outreach Sponsorship by: Jay Lawrence and Jim Stout


The remarkable composer and trumpeter Sean Jones is a consummate musician with a rich tone and brilliant articulation. Former lead trumpeter for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jones has recently joined the Berklee College of Music’s faculty as the Chair of the Brass Department. Performing with the quartet are pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Obed Calvaire.

Sean Jones' Website

Stacey Kent

Monday, March 20, 2017, Capitol Theatre

Sponsored by: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Daynes Music, ZAP

Student Outreach Sponsorship by: Craig and Wendy Thomas


With her bright, alluring sliver of a voice and darting musical tongue of flame, Stacey Kent has few of the traits commonly associated with jazz singing. Yet her lightly swinging delivery, curt phrasing and attraction to Brazilian bossa nova makes her a jazz singer reminiscent of the much-missed Blossom Dearie. Stacey’s new album Tenderly is a return to the Great American Songbook.

Stacey Kent's Website

Gerald Clayton Quintet

Saturday, April 29, 2017, Capitol Theatre

Sponsored by: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Daynes Music, ZAP

Student Outreach Sponsorship by: Dennis and Rebecca Merrill


Hailed by The New York Times for his “huge, authoritative presence,” pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists. Joining Clayton are Ben Wendel (saxophone), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Jason Brown (drums) and Joe Sanders (bass).

Gerald Clayton's Website

Marsalis New Orleans Jazz Jam featuring the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Monday, May 22, 2017, Capitol Theatre

Sponsored by: George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Daynes Music, ZAP

Student Outreach Sponsorship by: JazzSLC Season Ticket Holders and ZAP Tax


Under the direction of trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, and anchored by Dirty Dozen Brass Band founder Roger Lewis on baritone sax, the UJO performs blues and standards that combine riff-playing, spontaneous arrangements and the New Orleans secondline groove.

Delfeayo Marsalis' Website