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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Parks & Recreation: Jazz In The Park Series

Starting its 26th year, the free Jazz in the Park concert series has become a Las Vegas tradition. Some of the biggest names in jazz have highlighted this annual series.

Picnics, blankets and low back chairs are welcome.
Food and Drink are available for purchase on site.
Seating begins at 5:00 p.m. arrive early for good seating, show starts 7:00pm.
No pets allowed.


The lucky winner of the raffle held at the 2015 Jazz in the Park. 
The price: a stone wine rack from Native Wine Rocks.

NOW OFFERING
Seated dining experience with wine pairing provided by Café Michelle.

Jazz Menu:

  • Smoked pork ribs drizzled w/ BBQ sauce, rice, and spring mix salad
  • Chicken Kabobs over a bed of rice pilaf and spring mix salad
  • Louisiana all beef hot links marinated in  sweet & bold Texas style BBQ sauces over a rice pilaf
  • Italian mild pork sausage sandwich w/ a side of crispy fries 
  • Breaded chicken fingers w/ crispy French fries and side sauces
  • Crispy chicken salad

Inquire at festival entrance for additional info.

 
May 9, 2015
Selina Albright
Jackiem Joyner
Steve Oliver
May 16, 2015
Elan Trotman
 May 23, 2015
Marc Antoine
May 30, 2015
Spyro Gyra
June 6, 2015
Brubeck Brothers Quartet

VENDORS
If you are interested in becoming a Jazz In The Park 2015 vendor please read and fill out the application completely.
2015 Jazz In The Park Food Vendor (PDF)
2015 Jazz In The Park Craft Vendor (PDF)

PRESS RELEASE click here for PDF version

Free Jazz in the Park Series Returns for 26th Year
Top notch talent announced for 2015 series.
    

The talent is set and the amphitheater is ready for another season of music with Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Jazz in the Park concert series, which celebrates its 26th year. This year, the free series will feature Selina Albright, Jackiem Joyner & Eric Marienthal on May 9, Elan Trotman on May 16, Marc Antoine on May 23, Spyro Gyra on May 30 and Brubeck Brothers June 6. Seating for those with picnic baskets, blankets and low-back chairs will begin at 5 p.m. with performances beginning at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Food and drinks will be available on site. Admission and parking are free.  

“This series is an institution and a highlight of the year’s cultural calendar, often bringing the biggest names in jazz to Las Vegas,” said County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. “It is also a lot of fun. People love to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and a bite to eat while enjoying great jazz in our beautiful amphitheater.”                  

Selina Albright is a multi-genre vocalist and songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her soulfulness and angelic tone add character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and stage presence commands attention. Add in fellow musicians to accompany her on stage, the strength of Jackiem Joyner, a saxophonist within the contemporary jazz scene, who as a solo artist has racked up the No. 1 spot twice and Top 3 two more times on the Billboard chart, plus Steve Oliver, a smooth, funky and ultra-soulful guitarist, spawning two number 1 hits (Global Kiss and Fun In The Sun) on the Billboard chart from his 2010 release. This powerhouse collaboration will be nothing short of amazing. 

Saxophonist Elan Trotman, quickly becoming one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers, continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Arturo Tappin (Elan’s childhood mentor), displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions. Elan has already been credited with 7-top 25 Billboard Radio singles, from his own albums Love and Sax (“Heaven In Your Eyes“), Tropicality (“Tradewinds” and “Masterblaster“), and from collaborations with Brian Simpson (“Just What You Need“), Greg Manning (“Groove Me“), Cal Harris Jr (“Smooth“) and Lin Rountree (“As“). Known to compose and produce all of his projects, Trotman’s discography is currently at 7 and growing, with the success of his latest albums:”Love and Sax“,”Tropicality” and “#LiveandUncut“. Born and raised in Barbados, the native island of pop star Rihanna, and educated at the world-renowned Berklee College Of Music in Boston,Trotman approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises.  

French born Guitarist, Composer and Producer,  Marc Antoine is a jazz fusion guitarist whose career boasts many #1 hits on the R&R contemporary jazz charts, as well as topping the billboard charts. In 1995, R&R elected him best new artist of the year, which was followed by his Gavin Award in1998,a Latin Grammy for best instrumental song in 2005 and the international artist of the year at the Chicago Jazz Awards  in 2010. He has also received numerous nominations for jazz awards in the US and Canada.  

Spyro Gyra is a jazz juggernaut who released their 30th album of new material The Rhinebeck Sessions in 2013, which Jazztimes called "inspired". Travis Rogers of the Jazz Journalists Association picked it for Jazz Album Of The Year. Something Else Reviews called it "Their finest album since their early 80s heyday" and made it a TopTwenty pick for the year. George Harris of the Jazz Weekly enthused, "I gotta tell ya, these guys still sound GREAT." Theirs is an unlikely story of a group with humble beginnings in Buffalo, NY who has continued to reach an international audience for over forty years, resulting in sales of over 10 million albums and having played over five thousand shows on five continents. 

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums,) and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone.) Guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. They have performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane & Monterey Jazz Festivals. Their hour long concert at Sierra Nevada Brewery has been broadcast on the nationally syndicated program: “Sierra Center Stage”. The BBQ was chosen to kick off the New Year with an hour long, coast-to-coast live broadcast on “Toast of the Nation” on National Public Radio. Their new Koch release, Classified, has already earned this rave review from All About Jazz: “Once again the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There's really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness.” The Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s debut Koch recording, Intuition, impressed the national jazz media and spent several weeks in the top ten radio charts while earning enthusiastic reviews from JazzTimes, Downbeat, Boston Globe and many other respected publications. “Intuition was measure for measure one of the hardest swinging sets of the year.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music.  

Jazz In the Park Series is sponsored by The Las Vegas Jazz Society, Michael Minden Diamond Jewlers, Findlay Chevrolet, Miller Lite, Wolfgang Puck Vineyard, Seven Magazine and #DTLV.  Those interested can call Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200

Those interested can call Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200 or email PREvents@ClarkCountyNV.gov