The evolution of jazz — from blues to bebop — takes center stage with The Art of Jazz, the next production of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.
The Golden Groove’s performance of The Art of Jazz is at 2:30 pm Sunday, March 12 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is above the box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.
Tickets are $15, on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (where no service charge is assessed) and Ticketmaster.com (service charges apply).
The Art of Jazz is the brainchild of Golden Groove founder Daniel Rivera, a saxophonist and composer who has been featured in the Jewel Box Series before. It features a seven-member band and 13 songs, which run the gamut of this colorful American art form. The setlist stretches from Rivera’s own Blues Head On and Charlie Parker’s bebop classic Confirmation to shades of hard bop (Freddie Hubbard’s Little Sunflower), Latin jazz (Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim’s The Girl from Ipanema), the Great American Songbook (Cole Porter’s You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To and Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’), and French chanteuse Édith Piaf’s signature La Vie en rose.
The performance includes Golden Groove’s video of Bobby Timmons’ *Dat Dere *and short dance interludes.
Now in its seventh season, the Jewel Box Series was created in partnership with El Paso Live in 2014 to host local performing artists and groups in that jewel box of a venue, the Philanthropy Theatre. Go to epcf.org or call 915-533-4020 for more information. To donate to the Jewel Box series, go to epcf.org/jewelboxseries.