The program, hosted by NPR Latin jazz host Felix Contreas, featured performances by Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, Michelle Rosewoman, and Andy Bey.
At 26, Fortner, a native of New Orleans, was making his solo Kennedy Center debut. Fortner has already toured with Stefon Harris and Blackout, the Christian Scott Quintet, and the Roy Hargrove Quintet. He has also played with New Orleans greats such as The Marsalis Family, Donald Harrison, and Irvin Mayfield. One of his more intriging pieces was a jazzy take on "Winter Wonderland."
Rosewoman, originally from Oakland, mixes accoustic modern jazz and elements of Cuban folkloric music in her playing. The Blue Note Records artist serves on the faculty of The Jazz House Kids in Montclair, New Jersey. In addition to 2 Cuban-tinged original holiday compositions, she played an intriguing version of Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas."
|Grammy-nominated Andy Bey|