Above: jazz and blues vocalist Kim Nalley

(Sacramento, CA - updated July 11, 2019) The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce its 2019 summer jazz series, which features a diverse lineup of singers and musicians who take inspiration from the Museum's major summer art exhibitions to customize their concerts.

Organized by guest curators Mindy Giles and Liz Walker, the concerts will take place on fourth Thursdays in June through September in the Museum's outdoor courtyard, with the Crocker's famous architecture serving as the backdrop.

"Mindy and Liz have a wonderful sense of the talent in this region and of the blues world," said the Crocker's director of education, Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick. "We know our audience wants to have fun, so we asked them to suggest performers with a solid footing in jazz but who could also bring a different twist. Their lineup is creatively eclectic just like Sacramento itself, and it's going to be full of surprises."

Awarded the “Best Jazz Hound in Tie and Tail” by Sacramento magazine, jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako takes inspiration from the bustling, electric cacophony of Tokyo and the serenity of the Sierra foothills to present compositions that are improvisational and original. Kosako is joined by fellow artists Michael Manring, on electric bass, and Chris Garcia, percussion, as the Komaga Trio.
Inspiring exhibition: Chiura Obata: An American
For more information and tickets, click HERE.

World-renowned trombonist, composer, arranger, and producer Wayne Wallace rocks the stage with his Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz Quartet. One of this generation’s most eloquent trombonists, Wallace’s music has been described as “Afro-Cuban jazz that shakes, quakes, and practically immolates.”
Inspiring exhibition: Big Ideas: Richard Jackson's Alleged Paintings
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In big-band style, Peter Petty & His Titans of Terpsichore along with special guests take on songs like Glenn Miller’s “Chatanooga Choo Choo” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train” in a rocking performance honoring the community's celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad's completion.
Inspiring exhibition: The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West
For more information and tickets, click HERE.

Bay-area legend and international performer Kim Nalley “has pipes to burn and works the stage like she means it” (San Francisco Chronicle). She and her band heat up this summer’s concert series with a performance evoking the legendary divas of American jazz. This concert is inspired by works by various women artists on view in the Museum's permanent collection. For more information and tickets click HERE.

At all four concerts this season, attendees will also be treated to a special prelude performance by the Beth Duncan Quartet. Prelude concerts will take place from 5:30 to 6:15  p.m., with the main performances starting at 6:30 p.m.  Limited seating is provided, but for the best seats in the house, attendees are encouraged to bring their own outdoor chairs. There will also be standing room to mingle and plenty of space to dance.

Along with the concert, attendees can enjoy access to the Museum's exhibitions, gallery talks, the Museum Store, and dinner and drinks at the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.

$10 museum members (per concert)
$20 nonmembers (per concert)
$30 member series pass

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Through engaging, innovative, and life-changing interactions with art, the Crocker Art Museum provides meaningful opportunities for people of divergent backgrounds to find common ground. Founded as a public/private partnership in 1885, the Crocker features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of master drawings and international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to deepen visitor’s understanding of art, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, and an array of activities for families and children. More information about exhibits and programs can be found at crockerart.org