Jazz on the Green presented by Chase, Klyde Warren Park's signature jazz series, part of Music Thursdays.
March 17 - Adam Larson - adamlarsonjazz.com
Originally from Normal, IL, twenty five yearold saxophonist composer Adam Larson, endorsed artist for P.Mauriat saxophones, D'Addario Woodwinds, Lebayle and Bari mouthpieces, began playing saxophone at the age of 11. As a high school student, Larson was a member of virtually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student AllStars, Jazz Band of America and many others. Described by critic Howard Reich of The ChicagoTribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”, and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “a selfassured young saxophonist”, Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Upon completion of his Bachelors degree at The Manhattan School of Music in May of 2012, Larson was selected as a member of the inaugural Manhattan School of Music Jazz Institute to continue his studies as a Master’s student, where he graduated with honors as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding performance in Jazz Performance in 2014.
March 24 - Zaremba Jazz Fellowship - www.DrewZaremba.com
Drew Zaremba is quickly earning a worldwide reputation as a passionate conductor, awardwinning writer, and fiery performer. As a writer, he has written and arranged pieces for Wycliffe Gordon, Chuck Findley, Eddie Gomez, Stefan Karlsson, Brad Leali, Marlene VerPlank, is published through Sierra Music, and has recorded twenty of his pieces with the University of North Texas One and Two O’Clock Lab Bands. As a performer and clinician, travels have recently taken him to: China, where he was named a visiting professor at the Contemporary Music Institute in Zhuhai, Los Angeles, Brussels, and Washington D.C., where he participated in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Drew was awarded 1st prize of $10,000 in the Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award at the UNT for his premier concert with his orchestra, the Unity Orchestra, which featured Eddie Gomez.
March 31 - The Funky Knuckles - www.thefunkyknuckles.com
The inevitable result of a talentsoaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.
Lawn chairs will only be allowed on the far side of Hart Boulevard. No outside alcohol will be permitted.