LA JOLLA–The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues with their annual summer series starting June 4.
Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum features an international piano series by four acclaimed jazz artists from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Cuba. All concerts will be held in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library.
The series opens June 4 with the return of the Benny Green Trio, featuring Benny Green on piano, David Wong on bass, and Rodney Green on drums. Green’s outstanding musical abilities are evident in his extraordinary jazz apprenticeship—in the 1980s he toured with vocalist Betty Carter, then joined one of the final editions of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and then was a member of the Freddie Hubbard Quintet and also of the Ray Brown Trio. Green is celebrated for his absorption of a wide swath of the jazz tradition, from early stride playing to the hard-bop idiom of the 1960s.
June 12 – California debut of Quebec-based Marianne Trudel Trifolia trio, featuring Marianne Trudel on piano, accordion, and voice; Étienne Lafrance on bass; and Patrick Graham on percussion. Her group Trifolia features original compositions that combine the influences of jazz, romantic music, and global rhythms, including the rich folk heritage of Quebec. The trio’s album Le Refuge was the winner of the Prix Opus 2012–2013 for jazz CD of the year.
June 28 – Features another California debut by the Berlin-based Julia Hülsmann Trio, with Julia Hülsmann on piano, Heinrich Köbberling on drums, and Robert Landfermann on bass. Acclaimed throughout Europe and in her native Germany, Hülsmann recently released her fourth CD as a leader on the influential ECM Records label.
The series concludes July 9 with the guitar and piano duo of Spiros Exaras and Elio Villafranca. Hailing from the geographically distant homelands of Greece and Cuba, Exaras and Villafranca find compelling common ground in their musical heritages and mastery of jazz. Villafranca returns to the Athenaeum, having performed on the TSRI series in 2009. His credits include work with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Giovanni Hidalgo, Miguel Zenón, and Pat Martino. Spiros Exaras came to prominence in the US with his 2002 release, Phrygianics, on the Blue Note Records label.
Reserve the series of 4 concerts for $76 for Athenaeum members or $96 for nonmembers. Individual concerts are $21 for Athenaeum members and $26 for nonmembers.
All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is limited.
For tickets and information, visit www.ljathenaeum.org/jazz, or call (858) 454-5872.