Jazz @ Bucknell

Jazz @ Bucknell is a chamber series that was conceived to present international modern masters and young visionaries to the campus and surrounding community several times a year. Programming showcases the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the Avant-Garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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Upcoming Events

  • Jazz at Bucknell Maria Grand

    Maria Grand Trio

    Bucknell Hall

    CANCELLED - Tuesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.

    Saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist Maria Grand writes and performs original compositions with her ensemble, DiaTribe; her debut EP “TetraWind” was picked as “one of the 2017’s best debuts” by the NYC Jazz Record and her full-length album Magdalena was praised by major publications such as the New York Times, Downbeat, JazzTimes, Billboard, JazzIz, and others. The Times calls her “an engrossing young tenor saxophonist with a zesty attack and a solid tonal range”, while Vijay Iyer says she is “a fantastic young saxophonist, virtuosic, conceptually daring, with a lush tone, a powerful vision, and a deepening emotional resonance.” As an activist in the performing arts, María is a founding member of anti-discrimination group, the We Have Voice Collective. María performs regularly with her own ensemble; she is also a member of Joel Ross’ Parables, has toured with Antoine Roney, as well as with RAJAS, led by Carnatic musician Rajna Swaminathan, and joined Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl in 2019.

  • Jazz at Bucknell Ralph Alessi

    Ralph Alessi and This Against That

    Bucknell Hall

    CANCELLED - Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

    Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi was born in San Francisco,CA, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone. After taking degrees in jazz trumpet and bass—he studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts—he lit out for New York, where he swiftly became a ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. He's been a frequent collaborator with such notable musicians as Steve Coleman, Jason Moran, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine and Marc Copland. Alessi has recorded nine albums of original compositions which draw on everything from post-bop to neo classical music. He currently records for the ECM record label including his 2016 release Quiver and 2019 release Imaginary Friends.

  • Jazz at Bucknell Oliver Reed

    T. Oliver Reid: A Salute to Bobby Short

    Bucknell Hall

    CANCELLED - Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

    On the occasion of what would have been nightclub legend Bobby Short's 94th birthday, Cabaret and Broadway artist T. Oliver Reid will celebrate nightclub legend Bobby Short with a concert entitled, "Distingué…The Songs of the Saloon Singer". Reid is a MAC, Bistro and Julie Wilson Award winning recording artist with thirteen Broadway shows to his credit, including the 2019 Tony Award winning Hadestown and critically acclaimed 2018 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival, Once On This Island. Previous credits include Sunset Boulevard, After Midnight, Sister Act, Mary Poppins, The Wedding Singer, La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Never Gonna Dance, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Follies, and Kiss Me Kate. His film and TV credits include Sex & The City, Girls, Mercy. All things come of thee, O Lord.

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Past Events

  • Jazz at Bucknell Catharsis

    Ryan Keberle and Catharsis

    Bucknell Hall

    Friday, Sept 20, 7:30 p.m.

    Since arriving in New York City in 1999, trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle has performed with a jaw-dropping roster of legendary musicians across a vast array of styles. Keberle has performed with jazz greats including Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis; hip-hop and R&B superstars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys; Latin jazz leaders like Pedro Giraudo and Ivan Lins; played in the house band at Saturday Night Live, on the soundtracks of filmmakers like Woody Allen, and in the pit for the Tony-winning Broadway musical “In the Heights”; and most recently toured with indie rock ground-breaker Sufjan Stevens, ushering him into a new arena of fresh, emotionally charged music.

  • Jazz at Bucknell Jared Schonig

    Jared Schonig Quintet

    Bucknell Hall

    Monday, Oct 7, 7:30 p.m.

    Grammy-Award winning drummer, composer & bandleader Jared Schonig has toured and/or recorded internationally with Nicholas Payton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue & Secret Society, Laurence Hobgood, Tim Hagans, Fred Hersch, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, Joe Locke, and Ernie Watts among others. A favorite among vocalists, Schonig has toured with Grammy Award-winners Kurt Elling, The New York Voices, Kristen Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo and singer/songwriter Donna Lewis, in addition to rising vocal supergroup Duchess, Spencer Day, Laila Biali and Shayna Steele. He has performed around the world from Carnegie Hall to festivals in Zimbabwe. Schonig also co-leads The Wee Trio, named “a group to watch” by Downbeat Magazine with five critically-acclaimed albums to its name. When at home in New York City, Schonig plays on a number of Broadway shows – he held the drum chair for the critically acclaimed Tony, Grammy and Emmy-award winning Broadway Revival of The Color Purple and most recently played drums and percussion for The Prom.

  • Jazz at Bucknell Jenny Alli

    Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game

    Bucknell Hall

    Monday, Oct 28, 7:30 p.m.

    In their latest endeavor Parlour Game, violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller dig into the rootsier elements of jazz along with the formidable pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr. The repertoire explores swing, gogo, backbeats and ballads. Scheinman and Miller are both artists with eclectic backgrounds having collaborated with such diverse musicians as Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Ron Miles, Nels Cline, Jason Moran, Lucinda Williams, Natalie Merchant, Toshi Reagon, and Rene Rosnes. In Parlour Game they explore the classic format of the piano quartet and strive for excellence in simplicity - the perfect groove and a melody that sticks.

  • Bucknell Jazz Band

    Bucknell Jazz Band

    Weis Center

    Friday, Nov 15, 7:30 p.m.

    The Bucknell Jazz Band, comprised of students from across the university, presents its annual fall concert. The program features the works of Nat Adderley, Patty Darling, Dizzy Gillespie, Norah Jones, and Charles Mingus.

  • Jazz at Bucknell Dave Pope and Barry Long

    Holiday Jazz with Bucknell Jazz Faculty

    Bucknell Hall

    Monday, Dec 9, 7:30 p.m.

    Members of the Bucknell faculty and special guests present a program of jazz for the holiday season.