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American Roots: Mark O’Connor & Friends

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Oct 5 • Sat, Oct 6

Fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor leads a rousing exploration of early American music and its relationship to jazz, highlighting connections between the blues, bluegrass, Cajun, gospel, folk, spirituals, western swing, contemporary jazz, and more. He will be leading the Grammy Award-winning Mark O’Connor Family Band, whose debut album won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Blues numbers will be performed alongside veteran blues guitarist and vocalist Alvin Youngblood Hart, and the inimitable Lizz Wright will elevate the spirituals with her soul-stirring voice.


The Carlos Henriquez Project

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Nov 16 • Sat, Nov 17

Bassist and composer Carlos Henriquez is a virtuoso in both jazz and Afro-Latin traditions. Henriquez has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since he was 19 years old, and New York Latin Culture calls him “the most important Latin jazz artist in New York City today, the heir to the legacy of Tito Puente.” Tonight’s show is the debut of his newest project, an insightful and technically marvelous marriage of established traditions and cutting-edge possibilities in Latin jazz.


Nat "King" Cole at 100 with Sachal Vasandani

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Dec 14 • Sat, Dec 15

Vocalist Sachal Vasandani is one of the great crooners of our time. Though a distinctive artist in his own right, his “beautiful, velvety voice” and “remarkable stage presence” (NPR) have drawn multiple comparisons to Nat “King” Cole himself. Vasandani is particularly well known for his Cole tribute project, which has featured classics like “Unforgettable,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” In addition to his vocal abilities and cool, charismatic showmanship, Vasandani also honors Cole’s legacy as a masterful pianist by sharing the spotlight with top instrumentalists—including bass legend John Clayton, who will contribute new arrangements for this centennial event.