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Jazz icons and rebels coming to Arsht Center, Broward College

Not to get too far ahead of ourselves as the clock has just struck July, but two of South Florida’s leading jazz series — Jazz Roots at the Arsht Center and South Florida Jazz at Bailey Hall — have announced red-hot and cool sounds on their way for the fall and winter of 2018-2019.

The season will include many longtime favorites among South Florida jazz aficionados, including John Scofield, Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker and Sergio Mendes, and acts of growing acclaim, such as Miami-raised vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, Robert Glasper and Stefon Harris and Blackout.

Subscriptions for both series are on sale now: For Jazz Roots call 305-949-6722 or visit ArshtCenter.org/jazz; for concerts at Broward College’s Bailey Hall, call 954-201-6884 or visit BaileyHall.org. Individual tickets for concerts at Bailey Hall go on sale July 15, with single tickets for Jazz Roots shows available later in the summer.

Jazz Roots

Now in its second decade, the series founded by the late Larry Rosen in 2008 continues to expand the reputation of what is “widely recognized as one of the premier jazz programs in the nation,” says Liz Wallace, vice president, programming of the Arsht Center. The Jazz Roots series includes:

Leonard Bernstein 100 and Beyond, Nov. 9: The season opens with a centennial celebration of the American genius, featuring performances by vocalists Jon Secada and Ann Hampton Callaway, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and others.

Artemis: Great Women in Jazz, Dec. 7: Artemis is an international supergroup including pianist Renée Rosnes, vocalist Cécile McClorin Salvant, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Allison Miler.

Joshua Redman Quartet, Jan. 18: No stranger to South Florida audiences, the versatile saxophonist and composer in May released the Ornette Coleman tribute “Still Dreaming” (Nonesuch).

Jazz in the Key of Ellison, Feb. 8: A concert inspired by the musical life of celebrated writer Ralph Ellison (“The Invisible Man”), also an accomplished trumpeter, with performances by vocalists Will Downing, Nona Hendryx and Quiana Lynell, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, the Andy Farber Orchestra and others.

Robert Glasper: Reflect + Respond = NOW, March 8: A genre-bending supergroup led by renowned keyboardist Glasper and synth innovator Terrance Martin, R+R=NOW includes trumpeter Christian Scott Atunde, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Justin Tyson and multi-instrumentalist Taylor McFerrin in music that draws from jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop.

From Brazil With Love, Sergio Mendes, April 12: An evening with the three-time Grammy-winning producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, and one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time.

South Florida Jazz at Bailey Hall

The 2018-2019 season, created by South Florida Jazz president and artistic director Ronald B. Weber, offers a survey of “the thrilling diversity of jazz,” says Dr. Dan Barnard, Broward College associate dean of cultural affairs and director of Bailey Hall, in a statement.

“Superstars such as Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling and John Scofield share a season with musicians who both pay tribute to jazz’s history while also stretching its boundaries,” says Barnard, while touting Bailey Hall’s “intimate jazz club format.”

Randy Brecker Quintet, Jan. 18: The trumpeter and composer helped popularize the fusion of jazz, R&B and rock with the Brecker Brothers and in work with Jaco Pastorius, Lou Reed, Frank Zappa and Frank Sinatra.

Donny McCaslin Quartet, Feb. 16: With 12 albums and three Grammy nominations, McCaslin’s career will always be defined, in part, for his band being chosen by David Bowie to back him on Bowie’s remarkable final album, “Blackstar.”

John Scofield, March 16: The iconic guitar improviser remains as vital as ever, with the album “Hudson” — by the supergroup of the same name consisting of drummer Jack DeJohnette, keyboardist John Medeski and bassist Larry Grenadier and Scofield — one of the most rewarding releases of 2017.

Stefon Harris and Blackout, April 20: The young vibraphonist has been called “one of the most important artists in jazz” (Los Angeles Times) for an eclectic approach to music on such albums as “Black Action Figure,” “Ninety Miles” and “Urbanus.” Coming this fall is “Sonic Creed” (Motema Music).

Kurt Elling Quintet, May 18: On his critically praised new album, “The Questions” (OKeh Records/Sony Music Masterworks), Elling uses his warm, supple voice to investigate the news of the day, including a new version of Paul Simon’s Nixon-era ballad “American Tune” and Bob Dylan’s protest “A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall,” which also appears on the album by John Scofield and Hudson.

An Evening with Raul Midón and the Lionel Loueke Trio, June 15: An inspired pairing of guitarists, with Grammy-nominated American Midon, who titled his 2017 album “Bad Ass and Blind,” and dynamic West African bandleader Loueke.

For more information on the series, visit SouthFloridaJazz.org.

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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