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Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents the 2022-2023 Jazz Series

Bringing a wide array of musical talents, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Jazz Series returns with Samara Joy and Veronica Swift, two of the top young jazz singers in the country.

Other jazz artists include Vijay Iyer Trio, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Mavis Staples with Kandace Springs as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Songs We Love, George Benson, Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour and The Cookers series debut.

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Samara Joy takes the Samueli Theater stage on October 1

2022-2023 Jazz Line-up:

Samara Joy, Saturday, Oct. 1: With a voice as smooth as velvet, Samara Joy seems to rise with each performance. At only 21 years old, she has already performed in many of the great jazz venues in NYC, including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Blue Note and Mezzrow, in addition to working with jazz greats such as Christian McBride, Pasquale Grasso, Jon Faddis, Kirk Lightsey, Cyrus Chestnut and NEA Jazz Master Dr. Barry Harris. Joy makes her debut at the Center and looks forward to sharing her passionate love for jazz as a uniting force and as a catalyst for change in the years to come.

Vijay Iyer Trio, Saturday, Nov. 5: By overwhelming consensus, the Vijay Iyer Trio has become one of the pivotal jazz forces of the 21st century. Described as “the best piano trio in jazz today” (Der Spiegel), “the great new jazz piano trio” (The New York Times), “truly astonishing” (NPR) and “the best band in jazz” (Pop Matters), the trio makes “cutting-edge music, but always accessible” (The Guardian) – emotionally resonant and deeply interactive, radiating groove and brimming with polyrhythmic detail, rooted in tradition yet truly innovative in style and form.

Mavis Staples with Kandace Springs, Friday, Dec. 9: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Mavis Staples, returns to Orange County with her incomparable singing and an array of her most reputable songs spanning from the Civil Rights era to some present-day classics. Kandace Springs, an artist Prince describes as “a voice that could melt snow” will open for Staples.

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Clarence Penn is among the many artists performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour coming to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on January 25, 2023

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, January 25, 2023: Starring vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, pianist Christian Sands, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn, come together to perform music, both historic and new, that will surely delight audiences far and wide. The folks at the Monterey Jazz Festival, who began mixing high-performance headliners in 1966 will return to Segerstrom Center. The world’s longest running jazz festival will bring today’s most remarkable jazz talents to Orange County.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Songs We Love, February 4, 2023:

Songs We Love is a journey through the first 40 years of jazz song. Under the musical direction of Riley Mulherkar, three guest vocalists will join an all-star band made up of New York’s rising stars. Combining their distinct talents, the group will sing their way through four decades of music, beginning with the early blues and jazz of the 1920s and ending in the early 1950s. Iconic singers to be explored include Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.

The Cookers, March 25, 2023: This exciting all-star group summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today.

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George Benson comes to Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on April 7, 2023

George Benson, April 7, 2023: Ten-time Grammy Award winner, American jazz legend and international star, iconic George Benson is getting back on the road. The 78-year-old pioneering jazz-soul guitarist and singer has scored Number One hits played with musical greats such as Miles Davis, Minnie Riperton and Stevie Wonder, and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Veronica Swift, June 24, 2023: One of today’s brightest young jazz stars, vocalist Veronica Swift recorded her first album at the age of 9, after which she started touring professionally with her parents, jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian. By 19, she placed second at the Thelonius Monk Vocal Competition, launching an adult career that has seen her collaborate with such musical greats as Michael Feinstein, Chris Botti, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Having performed at jazz clubs and festivals around the world, the 27-year-old vocal phenom returns to the Center.

For tickets, subscription renewals and new subscriptions, visit the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, or go online to www.scfta.org.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.