Grammy-nominated Kurt Elling, winner of multiple DownBeat and JazzTimes critics’ polls, will be appearing on October 19th at 7:00 pm at the Eastman Theatre at the annual Jazz for the Park concert to benefit the Wilson Commencement Park in Rochester. On his "Dedicated to You" tour this year, Elling is reimagining the collaboration on one of my favorite albums, the incredible 1963 John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman album on Impulse, backed by McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones (on which Dedicated to You appears, although my favorite on the album is Lush Life). Elling will be joined by his regular trio, led by pianist Laurence Hobgood, and by two-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Ernie Watts for this concert.
Proceeds from Jazz for the Park enhance the programs and services at Wilson Commencement Park in Rochester. The Park has 50 townhouse and 18 apartments where single-parent families transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Family support services help adults achieve personal and professional goals, while an accredited early learning center helps children achieve success in school and in life.
And all of this for less. As of October 10th, the regular ticket price for this event has been dropped to $10.00, preferred $15.00, with patron tickets remaining at $85.00 (the latter including a post-concert reception). This offer is being extended to the community at large to enable the supporters of Wilson Commencement Park to come out and enjoy an evening of great jazz, while also contributing to help the low-income single parent families and children to reach their dreams through the Park. To order tickets call Ticketmaster at (585) 232-1900 or Wilson Commencement Park at 263-7938. To purchase tickets online visit Ticketmaster.com.