You can still join us for Benny Carter’s “Peaceful Warrior Suite” – a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. – this weekend. Saturday evening’s show at Benaroya Hall Norstrom Recital Hall is nearly sold out. There are plenty of tickets still available for Sunday afternoon’s performance at Kirkland Performance Center.
The “Peaceful Warrior Suite” is a five-movement work composed by Carter in 1966 for a Lincoln Center concert tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King. It includes pieces written in swing, bossa nova, ballad, and jazz waltz tempos, and also calls for the SRJO to be augmented with a string sextet.
The program will feature celebrated jazz vocalist Everett Greene, a touring singer with the Count Basie Orchestra, who has appeared previously with the SRJO, thrilling sell-out audiences at SRJO’s annual Duke Ellington Sacred Concert. In addition to singing the Suite, Greene will perform several other favorite vocal numbers, including the Charles Calhoun composition “Smack Dab in the Middle” (arranged by John Clayton) and Duke Ellington’s “I’m Just a Lucky So and So” plus selections he has performed in concert with the Count Basie Orchestra.
The band will also perform two favorite works drawn from their historic library: Dizzy Gillespie’s original 1947 composition “Manteca” and Duke Ellington’s 1940 hit “Cottontail” (theme song for Ken Wiley’s “Art of Jazz” show Sundays on KPLU radio) featuring SRJO tenor soloist Travis Ranney.
Remaining tickets for Saturday evenings show are available by calling Benaroya ticket office at 206-215-4747, or by ordering on-line.
Remaining tickets for Sunday afternoon’s show are available by calling the Kirkland Performance Center ticket office at 425-893-9900 or by ordering on-line.
NOTE: Parking for the Saturday events will be effected by closure of the Russell Investment Center garage (entrance on Union Street, between 2nd & 1st Avenues) for a complete building power-down with Seattle City Light. If the Benaroya Hall garage becomes full, we recommend parking at the Cobb Building Garage (entrance on University Street, between 3rd & 4th Avenues), or the Puget Sound Plaza Garage (entrance on Union Street, between 4th & 3rd Avenues).