MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL ON TOUR 55TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT THE VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
VPAC kicks off its 2013 Spring Season on Wednesday, January 23rd with The Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Tour. This celebratory anniversary tour led by Grammy Award-winning bassist and musical director Christian McBride, along with Tony and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, features some of the most talented jazz musicians working today. Bridgewater's soothing, strong and emotional voice; McBride's imaginative touch on bass; drummer Lewis Nash's inventive syncopation; and the creative intelligence of pianist Benny Green, saxophonist Chris Potter and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire add the kinetic spark that channels the energy and panache of the storied Monterey Jazz Festival into the Valley Performing Arts Center. More info at: valleyperformingartscenter.org. Plus, VPAC has a brand new jazz photography exhibit called JAZZ PASSAGES: A Los Angeles Jazz Story. The exhibit features a retrospective of jazz performances and studio photography from 1977 through 1987 by Jon Deshler. Exhibitions are open to ticket holders one hour before performances and during intermission.