The Appel Room

  • Elio Villafranca: Letters to Mother Africa

    Visionary Cuban pianist and composer Villafranca brings us an ambitious and culturally enlightening program. Leading an all-star band, Villafranca examines a wide range of jazz written with great reverence to Africa. Exploring jazz's deep, unifying roots in Africa, Villafranca incorporates musica...

  • Joe Lovano Universal Jazz Ensemble

    On top of being one of the world’s best saxophonists, tenor titan Joe Lovano is also one of the most restlessly creative leaders in music. Nearly all of his projects bring together never-before-heard combinations of creative powerhouses. His latest group features seven artists from across the ent...

  • Bill Frisell: Up and Down the Mississippi

    Guitarist Bill Frisell embarks on a profoundly historic musical sojourn realized through his unique embodiment of the the American landscape.

    Originally performed on May 29th, 2015.

    Bill Frisell – guitar
    Greg Osby – alto saxophone
    Craig Taborn – keyboards
    Rudy Royston – drums

  • The Democracy! Suite

    “Jazz music is the perfect metaphor for democracy," says famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. At a time when America—and indeed, the whole world—finds itself at a crossroads, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer has been inspired to write a poignant and buoyant work, "The Democracy! Suite," which prov...