Greek Theatre Presents Three Exceptional Jazz Pianists: Ellis Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, & Brad Mehldau
Los Angeles, CA
The Greek Theatre is bringing their 2008 season to a close, and they are wrapping it up with three great performances. Performing together for the first time, they are pleased to announce performances by The Ellis Marsalis Quintet, The McCoy Tyner Trio, and Brad Mehldau. The concert is scheduled for November 16th and is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm.
The Ellis Marsalis Quintet will feature Ellis’ sons Delfeayo (trombone) and Jason (drums). Ellis is regarded by many as the premier modern jazz pianist in New Orleans while his sons are on track to follow in their father’s musical footsteps. Ellis’ latest CD An Open Letter to Thelonius is a thoughtful and moving tribute. This performance will be a unique opportunity to see and hear New Orleans’ venerable first family of jazz performing in Los Angeles.
McCoy Tyner is considered by many to be the greatest living jazz piano player today. The McCoy Tyner Trio features Gerald Cannon (bass) and Eric Kamau Gravatt (drums). Special guest guitarist Marc Ribot will add a playful and experimental element to the trio’s sound.
Leader McCoy Tyner has shaped the sound of modern jazz with his blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. Tyner has released nearly 80 albums, earned four Grammys and was awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002.
In a rare solo performance, American pianist Brad Mehldau will captivate the audience and offer the opportunity to fully appreciate his virtuosity at maintaining the formal architecture of a piece, all the while exploring its improvisational openings. Deeply reflective but utterly free of constraint, he is always in command of his technical and melodic facilities. Mehldau was the recipient of the Miles Davis Award in 2006, cementing him as one of the defining musicians of his generation.
Ticket Pricing: $30-$75
Get your tickets at
The Greek Theatre
2700 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027