Jazz at Lincoln Center
The Lessons from Our Masters series features a master of jazz alongside a multigenerational band. Tonight’s master is pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen, the “Picasso of jazz piano” and the only female alumna of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Nearly 40 years ago, Stan Getz described Brackeen as “one of the most original and creative composers in my band.” True to the “Picasso” nickname, her compositional style has defied definition and evolved throughout her career. The constant elements have been her virtuosic chops and unpredictable approach to piano composition and execution. Brackeen remains an exciting and unique artist, and she brings with her the excellent Javon Jackson and Ugonna Okegwo for tonight’s performances. For both the band and the audience, this performance will be a lesson from a true master. With pianist Joanne Brackeen, saxophonist Javon Jackson, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Rudy Royston.