The Appel Room
Salute to Betty Carter
Betty Carter blazed her own trail as one of the most original jazz vocalists of our time. Her flawless phrasing, uncanny unpredictability, and signature glissando placed her in a league of her own as a true “musician’s singer.” Drummer and music director Alvester Garnett and vocalist Charenee Wade celebrate the legacy of Carter, who would have turned 85 this year. Garnett, joined by other past members of Betty Carter’s band including saxophonist Craig Handy, pianists Jacky Terrasson and Stephen Scott, bassists Michael Bowie and Curtis Lundy, and drummer Winard Harper will share memories of his first touring experience with Carter, performing some of her trademark tunes including “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Rising star jazz vocalist Charenee Wade interprets the music of one of jazz’s foremost mentors, and one of her idols. Wade was first runner-up in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition in 2010 and was one of a choice few selected to participate in Carter’s Jazz Ahead program. Rounding out the performance will be tap dancers Michela Marino Lerman, Frances Monique Bradley, and Alexandria Brinae Bradley, who recently paid tribute to Betty Carter in a performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
Free pre-concert discussion nightly, 6pm & 8:30pm, with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Michael Mwenso and Betty Carter's son Myles Redding.