There is another side to The Smith Center. A stylish and intimate, 240-seat venue where you can grab a bite, lift a glass and enjoy a true cabaret-style experience. This is Cabaret Jazz, an elegant yet easygoing club where you can be entertained by the finest musicians from across the country. Located across from Reynolds Hall inside the Boman Pavilion, it’s the kind of place where live music can truly come alive.
Friday. August 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“Effortless standards and originals from a virtuoso.” — The Guardian Grammy nominated pianist Monty Alexander has remained in high demand for his exhilarating live shows throughout his five-decade career. Topping jazz radio charts, Alexander has bridged the genres of jazz, pop and the music of his native Jamaica. In the process, he has performed and recorded with musical titans including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. Don’t miss his vivacious performance of original tunes.
Melissa Manchester - The Platinum Standard
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM
“The reigning queen of power ballads.” – Theater Mania One of American pop music’s most enduring artists, Grammy winning singer Melissa Manchester has collaborated with musical legends such as Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick. Acclaimed for her unique style melding the classic American songbook with jazz, ballads and samba, she often sells out performances at leading venues such as New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below and The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills. She has also appeared in many hit films and TV shows, including starring as the title character’s mother in NBC’s “Blossom.” Beyond her performance work, Manchester has penned songs for major films made for Walt Disney Studios and independent studios. Manchester was the first artist ever to have two of her songs, “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise,” nominated for Academy Awards in the same year, and to perform them both in the same Oscar telecast.
Grace Kelly - Trying to Figure It Out Tour
Friday, Sept 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, Sept 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM
“A young jazz star.” — NPR Singer, saxophonist and songwriter, Grace Kelly has already established herself as a jazz phenomenon at 24. A regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, she has performed and recorded with world-class artists including Lin Manuel-Miranda, Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis. Hailed for her charm on stage, Kelly performed at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration and has given concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Telling stories of her musical journey, Kelly explores the world of jazz and beyond in this dynamic show.
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM
“Crisply articulated instrumental pop.” — The New York Times Topping Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts, quartet Fourplay is a supergroup of celebrated jazz veterans. Its members Harvey Mason, Bob James, Kirk Whalum and Nathan East have each recorded for decades with renowned artists such as Barry White, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Together, the group has built a widespread following by melding its jazz foundation with genres such as pop and R&B. Enjoy an evening with this polished group exploring the limitless dimensions of jazz.
Twice named Las Vegas Headliner of the Year, Frankie Moreno has been wowing audiences from coast to coast with his mix of rat pack glamour, original and classic hits and vintage funk-infused sounds.