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Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series Adds Meshell Ndegeocello and Ron Carter to the Season.

Meshell Ndegeocello
Meshell Ndegeocello

Grammy-Winning Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer and Songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello Added to Concert with Makaya McCraven on January 19, 2024 Bassist Ron Carter to Appear with his Golden Striker Trio on February 16, 2024

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces that acclaimed Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello has been added as a special guest to the Symphony Center Presents Jazz series concert with drummer and Chicago native Makaya McCraven on Friday, January 19, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. Meshell Ndegeocello recently made her Blue Note Records debut with “The Omnichord Real Book,” a visionary, expansive, and deeply jazz-influenced album that marks the start of a new chapter in her career. Ndegeocello first appeared on a Blue Note record with a feature on “The Consequences of Jealousy” from Robert Glasper’s Grammy-winning 2012 album “Black Radio.” She then collaborated with Jason Moran on “ALL RISE” in 2014, where Ndegeocello was featured as both a vocalist and producer.

Ron Carter photo by Beti Niemeyer

The CSOA also announces that Ron Carter will now appear with his Golden Striker Trio on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. The trio includes acclaimed jazz bassist Carter along with Russell Malone (guitar) and Donald Vega (piano). Due to unforeseen scheduling difficulties, Carter's Foresight Quartet is unable to perform on this date as originally planned.

Jazz guitarist Russell Malone is largely self-taught. He drew inspiration from gospel and blues artists including the Dixie Hummingbirds and B.B. King. He continued his craft and began studying jazz albums. By his twenties he was an accomplished performer, joining various artists on their records. Malone has appeared on the SCP Jazz series numerous times, most recently in February of 2020 with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. A classically trained pianist, Donald Vega was emigrated to the United States at age 14 where he attended California’s Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School where he studied piano with Kenny Barron, Phil Markowitz and Gary Dial.


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