An Evening with Molly Ringwald (Tix Here)
with Peter Smith (piano) Trevor Ware (bass) Tony Jefferson (drums) Allen Mesquida (alto sax) Mitchell Long (guitar)
March 1-2 @ 8pm; March 3-5 @ 8:30 & 11pm
Molly Ringwald acts, writes books, and sings jazz. Since the release of her Concord Records debut jazz album, “Except Sometimes,” in April 2013, Ringwald and her band have performed over 200 concerts around the world. The crowd-pleasing concert program, “An Evening with Molly Ringwald,” with her quartet, prompted The New York Times to note, “the spin she brings to the American Songbook is thoroughly contemporary… the same brashness and zaniness that Madonna breathed into pop.” An actress of stage and screen, Ringwald earned a Golden Globe nomination at age thirteen, and went on to star in numerous films, including the iconic John Hughes hits, “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Pretty in Pink.” On stage, Ringwald starred in Broadway productions of the Pulitzer Prize winning “How I Learned to Drive,” the revival of “Cabaret,” the Tony-nominated “Enchanted April,” and the West End production of “When Harry Met Sally.”
Marcus Roberts Trio (Tix Here)
March 8-12 @ 8:30 & 11pm
“His combination of talent, ambition, discipline, stylistic openness and resourcefulness suggest that he is a remarkable musician—perhaps even a Phenomenon…” (Jazz Times)
In 2014, a CBS 60 Minutes profile, “The Virtuoso,” traced blind Jacksonville native pianist Marcus Roberts from his early roots at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician. At age 21, Roberts toured with Wynton Marsalis for six years before striking out on his own. His recordings include solo piano, duets, and trio arrangements of jazz standards as well as symphony orchestra recordings. Roberts is an accomplished composer — with commissions from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP — and an accomplished educator on the faculty of Florida State University, who also serves as Associate Artistic Director for the Savannah Music Festival.
Known for its virtuosic style, the members of The Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music by changing its tempo, mood, texture, or form at any time. With lightning quick musical reflexes and creative imaginations, the trio are known for having almost telepathic communication on stage, and more than a few concert goers have said they sound like more than three players.