Winter Jazz Series Presents Jazz at the Athenaeum

Jazz At The Athenaeum
Jan. 17th, 29th, Feb. 12th, 26th

The Winter jazz festival is getting ready to kick off, and this year they present “Jazz at the Athenaeum.” The festival will be held at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, California. The 4-day event, spread out over the January and February has been scheduled, and the set list finalize, so get ready for some jazz!

The series is part of the library’s 20th year of jazz programming and features rare San Diego appearances by four internationally acclaimed jazz pianists: Marilyn Crispell, Jean-Michel Pilc, Michael Wolff, and Amina Figarova.

Marilyn Crispell

Crispell is a contemporary piano genius of many moods and is one of the few women to have headlined at the Village Vanguard. Her 2002 debut at the Athenaeum featured percussive solos, full of dense, ringing chords and lightning glissandos.

While her projects often documented her high-energy improvisational flights, they also captured her exploring pieces by Bill Evans, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane that displayed her gift for honing in on a melody with searing intensity. Her latest ECM release, Vignettes, is a ravishing solo album marked by her deep musical intuition and uncanny sense of narrative flow.

She will open the series on January 17th with her solo concert.

Jean-Michel Pilc

January 29th brings the Hoenig Pilc Project, featuring Ari Hoenig on drums, Jean-Michel Pilc on piano, and Hans Glawischnig on bass. Hoenig made his Athenaeum debut in 2004 with pianist Kenny Werner, and returned in 2006 with Jean-Michel Pilc’s trio.

In addition to his work as a leader, Pilc’s career has included performances with artists such as Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, and John Abercrombie. The New York Times commented, “Mr. Pilc seems to have dropped from the sky fully formed, with technique and his ideas in place. He is a physical and densely harmonic player, a splashy stunner who also has a Rubik’s-cube mind for chord substitutions.”

Michael Wolff

Wolff will make his appearance on February 12th, bringing his trio to mark his Athenaeum debut. A New Orleans native whose father taught him blues on piano before he began classical lessons at age eight, Michael Wolff grew up in Memphis and Berkeley, California, getting his first significant professional gig when he was 19 from Latin jazz vibist Cal Tjader.

Wolff has gone on to issue 11 CDs as a leader, including his latest trio project, entitled jazz, JAZZ, jazz. In addition to Wolff’s extensive musical credits, he and his wife, actress Polly Draper, are active as producer and writer-director of the Nickelodeon cable TV series, The Naked Brothers Band, starring their two sons, Nat and Alex.

Amina Figarova

The series concludes on Feburary 26th with another Athenaeum debut, this one by Holland’s Amina Figarova Sextet, featuring Figarova on piano, Bart Platteau on flutes, Ernie Hammes on trumpet, Marc Mommaas on tenor sax, Jeroen Vierdag on bass, and Chris “Buckshot” Strik on drums.

Figarova began her musical career as a classical concert pianist trained at the Baku Conservatory in her native Azerbaijan. After immigrating to the Netherlands she turned to the study of jazz at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

She now leads one of Europe’s most active straightahead jazz ensembles, featured at festivals and clubs including the North Sea Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Capetown International Jazzfestival, Salvador Bahia Jazz Festival, Yoshi´s in Oakland, and the Blue Note in New York City.

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All Concerts will begin at 7:30 pm.

Ticket Pricing:
Single Tickets: $19 members / $24 non members
Series: $68 members / $88 non members

Ticket Information:
For tickets and information, call 858-454-5872.
Seating is limited, so early reservations are strongly suggested.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St.
La Jolla, CA

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