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It’s time to get jazzed with strong musical lineup

A slew of jazz masters are slated to light up Seoul’s nights in March. This week, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller and Dee Dee Bridgewater are performing.

Al Jarreau
7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Seoul Arts Center;
7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Central City Millennium Hall
(02) 720-6633
Five-time Grammy awardee Al Jarreau will perform four decades of classics as well as cuts from his latest album, “All I Got.”
Since the 1960s, Mr. Jarreau has redefined the use of vocals in jazz, pop, R&B, soul, punk and salsa as he has experimented in a variety of genres of music.
He is best known for scat and a unique vocal style that sounds as if he’s playing an instrument.
Monday’s and Tuesday’s programs will be centered on pieces from his latest release, as well as some of his greatest hits. Tickets start at 30,000 won ($25).

Marcus Miller
7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Seoul Arts Center
(02) 2187-5656
Marcus Miller stands tall among the great bass players of contemporary jazz. Like Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke, Mr. Miller has brought the bass to the fore.
Mr. Miller, the recipient of the 2002 Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, has a real sense of style and superb technique. He pioneered the genre of smooth jazz and is credited for grafting jazz and technology, adapting drum machines to jazz music.
Versatile in bass, clarinet, keyboards, guitar, saxophone and singing, he has produced the albums of such prominent artists as Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Frank Sinatra.
Tickets start at 40,000 won.
Dee Dee Bridgewater
8 p.m. Wednesday at 8 p.m.
LG Arts Center
(02) 2005-0114
Dee Dee Bridgewater is a legendary jazz singer and actress, often compared with Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald. Her 1998 Grammy-winning CD, “Dear Ella,” is both a tribute to the songstress and a demonstration of Ms. Bridgewater’s versatility.
A few years earlier, she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award as Best Actress for her portrayal of jazz legend Billie Holiday in Stephen Stahl’s “Lady Day.”
Ms. Bridgewater made her New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist for the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis band, one of the premier jazz orchestras of the time. She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of “The Wiz” in 1974. Recently, she released “This is New,” a set of Kurt Weill songs.
Tickets start at 30,000 won.


by Chung Soo-min
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