Words cannot describe the impact NEA jazz master Sheila Jordan has had on generations of musicians who have been influenced by her singing, sense of time, and commitment to keeping the living history of bebop vibrant. A consumate teacher who seems to fall in love with all her students (and vice versa), Jordan is indeed the “keeper of the bebop flame.” She transmits her passion for bebop by introducing the complex melodies of Charlie Parker to anyone who will listen and infusing the music with the intimacy of someone who lived through the era and knew all the musicians involved in its creation. In her concerts Jordan encourages listeners to hear bebop’s essence rather than its analytical derivative.
Broadbent is one of Jordan’s favorite pianists. He is a sensitive accompanist and brilliant arranger. Together they have worked on numerous projects including her highly regarded “Heart Songs,” a jazz trio plus string quartet album with arrangements by Broadbent that “realize a lifelong dream” of Jordan’s to record with a string quartet.
Admission is on a sliding scale of $20 to $40. Purchase tickets online at www.prestocart.com, to help avoid a line on the day of the show. There will be separate lines for “will call” and ticket sales. Read the new ticket pricing policy. Tickets can also be purchased at In the Moment, 143 Main Street.
Call the Jazz Center at (802) 254-9088 to reserve tickets.