JC Sanford, Artistic Director
All Shows Held at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
October 7th, 2019
“Gershwin, Basie and More”
with guest vocalist Debbie Duncan
New Artistic Director, JC Sanford, will share some old and new takes on these legendary artists in his debut performance leading the JazzMN Orchestra! George Gershwin was one of the most prolific composers of American popular music, and his songs continue to be performed and reinterpreted in modern times. Count Basie led one of the most influential big bands, both as codifying an ensemble style and as a vehicle for great composers and arrangers like Benny Carter, Frank Foster, and Quincy Jones. JazzMN will also welcome back the swinging and soulful voice of Ms. Debbie Duncan.
December 16th, 2019
“Let It Swing: JazzMN Plays the Holidays”
with guest vocalist Yolande Bruce
Experience the swing of the season with a variety of holiday-themed music. The band will play many of the great holiday hits, including Winter Wonderland, Little Drummer Boy, Adeste Fideles, Oh Hanukkah, and of course, Jingle Bells. Many of these spectacular charts include versions presented by legendary performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton, Claude Thornhill, and Eartha Kitt. Vocalist Yolande Bruce, of Moore by Four fame, will help us celebrate.
April 20th, 2020
featuring guest artist Luciana Souza
Grammy-winning Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza will join JazzMN with her unique vocal personality and versatility. Her work as a performer transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to new music. Ms. Souza has performed and recorded with many great artists including Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider, and many others. Entertainment Weekly says, “Her voice traces a landscape of emotion that knows no boundaries”.