Attucks Jazz Club Series
Presented the Virginia Arts Festival and Seven Venues
September 2015 – March 2016
The Virginia Arts Festival is pleased to announce a stellar line-up for this year’s Attucks Jazz Series, which will begin September 26. There will be seven shows in all, each featuring a world-class jazz artist in an intimate club-like setting.
Located on Norfolk’s historic Church Street and first opened in 1919, the Attucks Theatre was originally known as the “Apollo Theatre of the South.” It is named in honor of African-American Crispus Attucks, the first American patriot to lose his life in the 1770 Boston Massacre.
JIMMY GREENE, Saxophone
Widely regarded as one of the most important saxophonists of his generation, Jimmy Greene’s program juxtaposes hardcore instrumental jazz with traditional spirituals, contemporary Christian music, standard ballads, and three original songs framing his own lyrics.
KATIE THIROUX, Bass
Bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux began studying at the age of 12 with the great jazz singer Tierney Sutton. Thiroux went on to receive a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, and since then has won numerous awards for her artistry.
SAM NEWSOME, Saxophone
Saxophonist Sam Newsome first came to prominence in the early 1990s as a member of the great Terence Blanchard Quintet. He has gone on to become one of the premiere soprano players in jazz.
Tom Williams, Trumpet
January 16, 2016
Tom Williams has led a sparkling and varied career. He has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and venues with artist such as Donald Brown, Hank Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Gary Bartz, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Michel Legrand, Ben Riley, Steve Wilson, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Frank Foster, Antonio Hart, Slide Hampton, and Steve Turre.
February 20, 2016
Acclaimed for her inventive artistry and magnetic stage presence, Clairdee's lustrous voice and soulful delivery hearkens back to a time when jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues often blended seamlessly together. She has opened for numerous artists as diverse as David Sanborn, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the late, great Etta James.
Chuck Redd, Vibes
March 5, 2016
Chuck Redd is an accomplished performer on both drums and vibraphone. To his credit are thirteen extensive European tours and five tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008.
John Fedchock, Trombone
April 2, 2016
John Fedchock's illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City for over twenty years, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC's premiere jazz artists.