Jazz

Play Like a Lion:
The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan

Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan

 

Award-winning Play Like a Lion travels India and across centuries to explore the musical legacy of iconic multi-Grammy nominated Indian sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, as seen through the eyes of his son Alam. With commentaries by Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, slide guitarist Derek Trucks, jazz saxophonist John Handy, Khan’s eldest son virtuoso sarodist Aashish Khan, and tabla masters Zakir Hussain and Swapan Chaudhuri to a soundtrack of Khan’s music-“the sound of singing water.” Directed by Joshua Dylan Mellars.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY
From St. Petersburg

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY: From St. Petersburg

 

More than two dozen world-renowned artists come together for an extraordinary International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from Saint Petersburg’s spectacular Mariinsky Theatre. International Jazz Day is the one day each year that jazz is celebrated worldwide, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities in 195 countries on all seven continents.

 

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LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
Leslie Odom Jr. in Concert

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: Leslie Odom, Jr.

 

Winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr., a jazz vocalist with an actor’s ear for a lyric, offers his talent to this intimate performance.

 

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LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
Cynthia Erivo in Concert

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: Cynthia Erivo in Concert

 

Enjoy a soulful evening of song from one of Broadway’s brightest stars. British-born Cynthia Erivo won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Color Purple before starring in several films, including Widows.

 

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NĀ MELE: TRADITIONS IN HAWAIIAN SONG
Melveen Leed

NA MELE: Melveen Leed

 

Singer Melveen Leed is joined by her hula dancer daughter Kaaikaula Naluai at the PBS Hawai‘i studios. Best known for contemporary Hawaiian, jazz and country, Moloka‘i girl Melveen also has deep roots in traditional Hawaiian song.

 

 

 

PBS HAWAI‘I PRESENTS
Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)

PBS HAWAII PRESENTS: Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)

 

This program tells the story of Keola Beamer’s journey through song. The respected composer and slack key guitarist partners with an array of musicians, including Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, American jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Hawaiian vocalist Raiatea Helm. These collaborations demonstrate how one can retain cultural identity while openly sharing with others to create something new – a global art form. This multicultural exchange reaches its zenith when Beamer performs a Hawaiian-language version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” with musicians playing traditional Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Classical European and American Jazz instruments. In another particularly moving segment, Keola accompanies his wife Moanalani Beamer as she performs a hula as a quadriplegic woman who magically regains use of her limbs in a dream.

 

 

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

 

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, a native of New Orleans, grew up playing music in the Treme neighborhood. He was leading his own band by the age of six and released his first album when he was only 16.  Now in his 20s, Andrews is bringing his special blend of funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop to a national audience.

 

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