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Jazz Festival Kickoff at Levine Center for the Arts
April 7, 2018 @ 11:00 AM–4:30 PMOutdoor Activities are Free
JOIN THE FOUR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AT LEVINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS TO KICK OFF THE CHARLOTTE JAZZ FESTIVAL!
Experience a sampling of what Bechtler Museum of Modern Art ;Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater ; Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture ; and Mint Museum Uptown have to offer the community! #LongLiveArts!
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Musical Activities at the Gantt Center:
Family First Presented by Novant Health: The Standard Jazz Series | An Interactive Music Demonstration
All Ages, All Levels
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month at the Gantt Center with The Standard featuring saxophonist Harvey Cummings II
The Standard Jazz Series creates an opportunity for fans and students alike to enjoy, learn and explore the building blocks and instruments used in jazz music. Master Class Instructor Harvey Cummings II will invite participants of all levels to engage with the band as they trace the story of America’s classical music – jazz – and discover everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-jazz with an Q & A session and interactive musical demonstrations.
Cummings concludes the afternoon (1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on the Gantt Plaza) with a selection of jazz music featuring phenomenal musicians for a unique blend of straight ahead jazz and cool vibes. Get ready for an unforgettable, multi-sensory experience that unites contemporary elements with the rich history of jazz culture!
Noon-4:30 p.m. Activities at the Bechtler:
Create your own Firebird Mosaic Collages on the museum plaza, or go inside to hear spin drums!
2-3:30 p.m. Jazzin’ on the Terrace at the Mint:
Join Charlotte poets, vocalist Nicci Canada, and area jazz musicians as they improv and play the best in jazz & blues tunes as a tribute to the upcoming Charlotte Jazz Festival, April 9-15. With an early 1900s ‘juke joint’ theme (viewed by some as an indigenous black cultural experience of dancing, live music, and a rural night club setting), guests can hear improv blends that stirs one to move with toes tappin’ and fingers snappin’.
The set will be followed by a sparkling cider birthday salute to Gastonia Artist John Biggers who would be 94 on April 13. Several of his works on canvas are on view in the Mint’s newly-installed contemporary art gallery.
Food trucks (noon-6 p.m.) and Cash Bar available outside!
All outdoor activities are FREE and open to the public!
Enjoy Museums on Us admission for Bank of America card holders; and members of the Gantt Center, Mint, and Bechtler will all receive free reciprocal admission to ALL THREE museums! Not a member? Visit each institution’s website to join, or, purchase an LCA Admission Pass good for all three museums!