The JAZZ AT NAZ festival returns to Soraya at CSUN

he Jazz at Naz festival in Soraya returns for a second year with five nights of top jazz performances kicking off Feb. 2 with Christian McBride’s “The Movement Revisited,” celebrating the heroes of the civil rights movement during History Month. blacks. Four more performances in February follow, two in Soraya’s great hall, with its pristine acoustics, and two nights of performances in the intimate Jazz Club on stage.

Jazz at Naz tickets will go on sale to the general public when The Soraya’s 2022-23 season kicks off on Thursday, September 22 with another quartet of jazz legends – Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade for ” At MoodSwing Reunion”.

Building on the success of last year’s Discover Jazz Virtual Pass – 3,0003 hours of streaming! – The Soraya will once again expand the Jazz at Naz experience with live streams of every concert and behind-the-scenes content via our virtual pass.

Accomplished jazz musician and educator Reggie Quinerly returns as host of The Soraya’s Jazz at Naz virtual experience, a 13-camera operation, conducting candid interviews with the musicians, engaging in banter with the executive director and artist of The Soraya, Thor Steingraber, and shedding light on performances during each live stream.

“CSUN has been an important training ground for jazz musicians for decades,” Steingraber said. “When The Soraya opened in 2011, the commitment to jazz in Northridge was further heightened. Now, with the addition of the Jazz Festival, we can safely say that Northridge is the epicenter of jazz in the south of California.”

“The 2022 festival premiere was an auspicious occasion with many highlights including memorable performances from Wynton Marsalis and Gregory Porter. Because it just happened

as the Omicron variant was booming, we offered the streaming version of the festival if audiences preferred to stay at home. What we found instead was that in-person numbers and streaming numbers were both at an all-time high since the pandemic. That says a lot about the thirst for great jazz in Los Angeles.”

Individual Jazz at Naz ticket prices start at $36 for concerts on the Grand Hall stage and $49 for the Jazz Club. Jazz Pass and membership tickets are available for all five concerts.

The Discover Jazz Virtual Pass is offered in addition to any purchase for $10, or for $49 to attend the festival entirely virtually.

For more information, visit www.thesoraya.org or call the box office at (818) 677-3000. For ticket reservations and interview requests, please contact Soraya’s communications associate Marie Estrada or public relations consultant Gary Murphy.

Jazz at the Naz Festival Shows

Thu Feb 2 | 8 p.m. | The big room

The movement revisited by Christian McBride

A musical portrait of four icons

Fueled by relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, eight-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride leads a Big Band and Gospel Choir in an exuberant and powerful musical tribute to Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. ., Muhammad Ali and Barack. Obama-hero of the civil rights movement celebrated at Soraya during Black History Month.

Sat 4 Feb | 8 p.m. | The big room

Vince Giordano and the nightjars

I’d rather be leading a band

with Loudon Wainwright III

Travel back in time with Loudon Wainwright, Vince Giordano and his band The Nighthawks with rousing arrangements highlighted by “muted horns, creamy winds and lots of hi-hats” (Associated Press). Everything moves in this collaboration with songs from the 1920s about love, forgiveness and “the consequences of a kiss”.

Wed 8 Feb | 8 p.m. | Jazz Club Stage Sessions

Melissa Aldana Quartet

Melodic and haunting, Melissa Aldana evokes stories of longing, connection and rebirth through music rooted in jazz traditions and open experimentation. Find out for yourself why critics regularly claim Aldana could be “the world’s next great tenor” with a tone oddly capable of breaking free from tradition (Jazzwise). The first of our Jazz Club performances at the Jaz at Naz festival!

Fri 10 Feb | 8 p.m. | Jazz Club Stage Sessions

Octet “Parables” by Joel Ross

The poet’s parable

Acclaimed vibraphonist and composer Joel Ross’s playing erupts through lush arrangements like “constant currents of electricity” (Downbeat) in our second Jazz Club performance. Join his octet on stage for an intimate experience through the seven movements of Ross’ album, The Parable of The Poet, described by many as an “absolute triumph”.

Sat 11 Feb | 8 p.m. | Jazz Club Stage Sessions

The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

With Samara Joy

Hailing from the Bronx, new talent Samara Joy joins forces with Los Angeles favourite, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – who’ve been swinging for over 36 years! Joy, a deeply emotional singer, exploded onto the scene in 2019 at the age of 21, often surprising audiences with the power she has and her “lighter-than-air rhythm” and “understated and swing” (Kevin Whitehead, NPR).

About the Jazz Pass

Passes to all five concerts are available and include a Bronze Membership ($120 value) at The Soraya. Jazz Pass gives you access to the full festival of 5 concerts plus:

• 15% discount on tickets

• Guaranteed seats in our Jazz Club

• 25% discount on food in our jazz club

• access to the Jazz lounge after each concert on the main stage

• Meeting with the artists of the Jazz Lounge

• Additional discounts for purchasing our opening concert on September 22 and Charles Lloyd’s 85th birthday celebration on March 18.

For all ticket information, visit www.thesoraya.org or call the box office at (818) 677-3000.

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