Another great story: When saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin applied for admission to the arts-oriented La Guardia High School at the age of 14, she had mastered her instrument but had no idea of what jazz was all about because she had only played Latin American music up to that point. She was then first provided with influences from Ellington to Mingus to Coltrane. Benjamin learned quickly, made it into the jazz programme at New York's New School University and played with Reggie Workman, Rashied Ali and James "Blood" Ulmer. Word of her talents as an instrumentalist and as an arranger of horn sections spread quickly. Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Santigold and Robert Glasper came knocking. Her first two albums under her own name - "Retox" (2012) and "Rise Up" (2018) - offered a danceable mix of funk, soul and hip hop, enriched with a little jazz and vocalists like Amp Fiddler or China Moses. Their latest album "Pursuance: The Coltranes" was all the more surprising. A big hit! A parity bow to the spiritual jazz of John and Alice Coltrane, ambitiously conceived and realised with a prominent all-star ensemble from Gary Bartz to Regina Carter to Dee Dee Bridgewater. By the way: Charenee Wade, the singer of tonight's concert, has published an excellent bow to the music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson with "Offering". Here, too, things come full circle.
The 3G rule applies, which means that for this concert you need:
- EITHER proof of a personalised, daily negative rapid antigen test conducted by medical professionals (e.g. at a testing centre).
- OR proof of a complete vaccination (at least 14 days after the second vaccination)
- OR a convalescent certificate (not older than 6 months)
- a medical respirator to be worn during the whole event
- On-site registration via Luca app or registration form.
Due to the unpredictability of the occurrence of infections, changes at short notice are also possible. Therefore, we kindly ask you to inform yourself immediately before the event on this website about possible new regulations.