Jazz fans won’t want to miss these upcoming shows at SPACE, including legendary bassist Marcus Miller, British phenom Jacob Collier and genre-defying guitarist John Scofield.
Tomorrow night, world-renowned electric bassist and two-time Grammy-winner Marcus Miller returns to the club. As a producer, writer and player, Miller was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, composing the title track and co-producing the album Tutu.
With a unique artistic vision driven by spontaneity and what some would call musical telepathy, Wertico Cain & Gray cultivate a distinct creative energy as they explore new worlds of sound-making. Led by Grammy-winning drummer Paul Wertico, the trio composes and orchestrates everything in real-time, melting acoustic and electronic sounds with new-tech and word-tech. The trio will take the stage at SPACE this Thursday, Aug. 11.
London-based musician Jacob Collier is recognized as an inventive and prodigious young talent. Just 22 years old, Collier gained recognition through his YouTube channel, displaying his uniquely creative one-man, multi-instrumentalist, multi-visual format to the world. His newly-released debut album, In My Room, and his live performances over the past year have earned him The Guardian’s praise as “jazz music’s new messiah.” Collier takes the stage at SPACE on Sept. 21.
Saxophonist Colin Stetson “demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, unexpected energies,” writes Pitchfork. “It’s like being inside an enormous brass tunnel full of windy byways and slamming valves, at once exhilarating and frightening.” Stetson has performed and recorded with a number of impressive acts over the years, including Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Feist. Stetson’s widely acclamied solo albums are fraught with intensity and originality, establishing him as a wonderfully unique composer and performer. Stetson will perform at SPACE on Sept. 28.
Arturo Sandoval is revered as a legendary jazz trumpeter, composer and dynamic and vivacious live performer. The 10-time Grammy Award winner has worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz to Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys. Sandoval will be here for two shows with his stellar band on Sept. 29.
John Scofield‘s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late ’70s through today. Possessing a distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. In the early to mid-1980s, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis, bringing his abilities as a jazz player and performer to the foreground of jazz consciousness. Scofield is coming to SPACE in support of his new album, Country For Old Men, on Oct. 5.
Cuban jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa‘s talent and versatality have shown him success in the worlds of classical, jazz and popular music. He has performed as a soloist at Cuba’s most important theaters, as well as with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, Holguín Symphony Orchestra, Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and Havana Lyceum Mozartiano. López-Nussa will take the stage at SPACE on Oct. 19.
This August, there’s a show at SPACE almost every night of the week. This Friday, don’t miss the New Orleans blues and funk of Walter “Wolfman” Washington. Next week, Grammy-winning jazz bassist-composer Marcus Miller returns to the club for two shows. New Orleans funk keyboardist Jon Cleary is here later this month for an awesome night at the club featuring his stellar band.
SPACE welcomes songwriter Dan Navarro (of Lowen & Navarro) with Gerald Dowd on Sunday, August 14. The following Sunday, Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster, whose hits include “Crazy Over You” (with Foster & Lloyd), “Just Call Me Lonesome” and “Nobody Wins,” returns to to the club. Twin Cities rockers The Honeydogs share a bill in August with folk duo Dusty Heart.
Country guitarist and singer Junior Brown returns to SPACE later this month for a night of honky-tonk and Western swing. Jon Langford’s alt-country band The Waco Brothers are here with Philly rock band The Snails on August 25.
This Week: Tonight, some tickets are available at the door for alt-country songwriter Richard Buckner. On Thursday, New Orleans’ artists Kristin Diable and Luke Winslow-King share a bill. Friday, bluegrass mandolinist Sierra Hull performs songs from her new album, Weighted Mind. Bay Area folk singer Sean Hayes is here on Saturday with Brother. And on Sunday, SoCal country singer Sam Outlaw returns to the club.
SPACE’s listening room is the perfect place to see a jazz concert this spring. We’re bringing world-famous jazz names like Billy Cobham and Marcus Miller as well as some of the biggest stars of jazz today like Terence Blanchard and John Patitucci.
Award-winning bassist Charnett Moffett brings his Nettwork Trio, featuring guitarist Stanley Jordan, to SPACE on March 1. For this special show, the trio will feature Chicago drummer Dana Hall for a one-of-a-kind performance. Get tickets here
On March 10, emerging jazz guitarist Nir Felder returns to SPACE to play The Studios. Felder has been called the “next big jazz guitarist” by NPR. Don’t miss this limited-seating show in our intimate studio space. Get tickets here
Jazz fans also won’t want to miss legendary bassist-composer Marcus Miller, who collaborated throughout the 1980s with Miles Davis and famously wrote and arranged many of the songs on 1986’s Tutu. Miller has led his own projects and collaborated with a range of artists from Dizzy Gillespie to Luther Vandross. This show featuring the bassist and his band is sure to be spring calendar highlight. Get tickets here
Perennial SPACE favorite Allen Toussaint returns for his full-band debut at the club. Toussaint’s mix of New Orleans rhythm & blues and jazz never disappoints. What a great way to kick off the spring! Get tickets here
On April 9, Chicago organist Chris Foreman will hold down a stellar local jazz bill at SPACE, featuring tenor saxophonist and Delmark recording artist Ari Brown. Get tickets here
Guitar whiz Charlie Hunter returns to SPACE on April 17, this time featuring his trio formation with New York drummer Bobby Previte and super-funky New Orleans trombonist Carly Meyers. Get tickets here
SPACE is very excited to have drummer Billy Cobham back at SPACE on April 19. Cobham, another Miles Davis alum whose legendary playing helped define jazz in the 1970s and beyond, will lead his Spectrum 40 band featuring guitarist Dean Brown, multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband and bassist Ric Fierabracci. Get tickets here
On May 6, famed New Orleans trumpeter and film composer Terence Blanchard will feature his E-Collective (pianist Fabian Almazan, guitarist Charles Altura, bassist Donald Ramsey and drummer Oscar Seaton) in a special show at SPACE. Get tickets here
Bassist John Patitucci brings his Electric Guitar Quartet to Evanston on May 19. Patitucci, an active member of Wayne Shorter’s award-winning quartet, will feature guitarists Steve Cardenas and Adam Rogers along with drummer-multi-instrumentalist Brian Blade (also a member of Shorter’s quartet). Get tickets here
And, this summer, one of the brightest new stars of the jazz world today, Cecile McLorin Salvant returns to SPACE on June 21. Stay tuned for more info on that show.
All of these shows go on-sale Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Go to evanstonspace.com or ticketweb.com or visit our box office in person.
Jan. 4: Ezra Furman & His Band // Jan. 18: Robert Irving III Generations // Jan. 25: Alfonso Ponticelli & The Gypsy Jazz/Flamenco Showcase // Jan. 28: Gabe Dixon w/ Hadley Kennary // Feb. 6: Split Single w/ Gerald Dowd and Paul Kalil // Feb. 12: Tim Reynolds TR3 // Feb. 20: NO BS! Brass Band // Feb. 21: Livingston Taylor // Feb. 22: WXRT welcomes Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift // March 7: Bob Schneider // March 10: Antje Duvekot // March 12: Marcus Miller // March 13: Susan Werner // March 14: Callaghan // March 22: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers // March 28: Cheryl Wheeler // March 29: Darlingside, Heather Maloney, & Tall Heights // April 25: Ellis Paul
Also, we’re partnering with Temperance Beer Company for the 1st Annual Evanston Townie Party on Saturday, Dec. 27, taking place from 5-8 p.m. at Temperance Tap Room and moving to SPACE at 8 p.m. for a Temperance tap takeover, door prizes, merch giveaways and music from Black Bear Combo and Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub. Best of all: It’s FREE with RSVP.
This WEEK at SPACE: Tonight, we’ve got jazz organist Wil Blades‘ CD release show. Friday, local outfit Dolly Varden comes to SPACE, along with Funeral Bonsai Wedding, featuring DV co-leader Steve Dawson with Chicago free-jazz musicians Frank Rosaly on drums, Jason Roebke on bass and Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone. Also Friday, we’ve got Mark Erelli in the studios. And, Saturday and Sunday, we’re excited to host two sold-out nights of A Johnnyswim Christmas.