Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Levine Center for The Arts
550 S Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Join the four cultural institutions at Levine Center for The Arts to kick off the Charlotte Jazz Festival.
Experience a sampling of what Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown have to offer the community
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Musical Activities at the Gantt Center
The Standard Jazz Series | An Interactive Music Demonstration – All Ages, All Levels
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month at the Gantt Center with The Standard featuring saxophonist Harvey Cummings II.
Cummings concludes the afternoon (1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on the Gantt Plaza) with a selection of jazz music featuring phenomenal musicians for a unique blend of straight ahead jazz and cool vibes. Get ready for an unforgettable, multi-sensory experience that unites contemporary elements with the rich history of jazz culture.
12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Activities at the Bechtler
Create your own Firebird Mosaic Collages on the museum plaza, or go inside to hear spin drums.
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Jazzin’ on the Terrace at the Mint
Join Charlotte poets, vocalist Nicci Canada, and area jazz musicians as they improv and play the best in jazz and blues tunes as a tribute to the upcoming Charlotte Jazz Festival, April 9-15. With an early 1900s ‘juke joint’ theme (viewed by some as an indigenous black cultural experience of dancing, live music, and a rural night club setting), guests can hear improv blends that stirs one to move with toes tappin’ and fingers snappin’.
The set will be followed by a sparkling cider birthday salute to Gastonia Artist John Biggers who would be 94 on April 13. Several of his works on canvas are on view in the Mint’s newly-installed contemporary art gallery.
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