Natalie’s is proud to present a very special show featuring jazz greats James Carter, D.D. Jackson, and Edward “Kidd Jordan”. They will collaborate with The JazzPoetry Ensemble. These dynamic players are among the world’s best on their instruments. Carter’s baritone is powerful and moving. Kidd’s tenor is reminiscent of ‘Trane, but with his own distinctive imprint. D.D. plays a particularly muscular piano ranging from tender to powerful in a moment. When they get together, sparks will fly. The JazzPoetry Ensemble will provide a thrilling setting for them.
This event will benefit The Kate Schulte Foundation, named after the late civil rights attorney and activist, who spent many years working for equal justice, opportunity and equality. The Foundation’s motto is “Art for Justice” and its mission is to support artists who are making a positive impact on our society, especially in the realm of equal rights. This year’s program will focus even more sharply on social issues.
Edward “Kidd’ Jordan is a modern jazz legend. He has performed with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Ornette Coleman. He was instrumental in the beginnings of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the World Saxophone Quartet. One of the top jazz educators in the world, he taught stars from the Marsalis brothers to Trombone Shorty and was profiled on 60 Minutes.
D.D. Jackson is an Emmy award winning composer, a leader in his own right, and a highly sought after sideman, playing most recently with David Murray at the Village Vanguard. He premiered several new works this year in Ottawa on solo piano. At least one of these works will be arranged for the 2017 Hot Times Kate Schulte Tribute.
Multi-saxophonist James Carter has been amazing audiences since before his 1993 debut album JC on the Set. He redefined the organ trio in 2005 with Out of Nowhere and is equally comfortable exploring the possibilities of Lady Day or Pavement. “You have to be totally comfortable wherever,” Carter says. “I think there’s tremendous beauty in cross-pollinations of music and influences.”
The JazzPoetry Ensemble, still going strong after 31 years, features some of the finest jazz musicians in Central Ohio with Roger Hines (of Ray Charles and Diane Schuur fame) on bass, Brett Burleson on guitar, and Roger Myers on drums. Hines and Myers are associated with the greats of Columbus jazz history including Hank Marr, Rusty Bryant, Gene Walker, and more. They also were players in the 70’s fusion jazz scene. Founding member Michael Vander Does contributes his stirring poetry and some trombone.
The Kate Schulte Hot Times Tribute is presented with the generous support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the City of Columbus.