Walker West is kicking off its new 13-show, 8 O’Clock Jump Jazz Series in a big way.
Jazz legend Ron Carter, renowned for his work with Miles Davis in the 1960s, will perform a concert with his trio at Walker West’s music center on Friday, Sept. 11.
Carter’s appearance will be the official kickoff to a year’s worth of jazz concerts at Walker West’s new music center on Selby Avenue. Other artists appearing this fall include flutist Nicole Mitchell, Afoutayi Dance, vocalist Yolande Bruce, Eric Gravatt & Source Code and pianist Anthony Walker. Show dates for the second half of the series will be announced in October, and includes appearances from the Bryan Nichols Trio, Atlantis Quartet, the Hanson/Roessler Collective and New York based alto saxophonist David Binney.
“The 8 O’Clock Jump series presents an incredible opportunity for Walker West to host jazz artists in an accessible, intimate venue in the heart of the Summit-University community in St. Paul,” said Peter Leggett, executive director of Walker West Music Academy.
The 8 O’Clock Jump Series is a reference to the jazz standard “One O’Clock Jump” written by big band legend Count Basie. The series is so named because the performances will be held at 8 p.m. Walker West will engage local, Twin Cities based jazz groups and engage several national artists for performances for people of all ages. Tickets are on sale now at www.WalkerWest.org.