Herbie Hancock Institute presents Sean Jones & Lisa Henry

Saturday - May, 25 @ 8:00pm

Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Trumpet Recording Artist Sean Jones with the Herbie Hancock Institute National Peer-to-Peer All-Star Jazz Quintet
Featuring Special Guest Vocalist Lisa Henry, former winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition

2 shows: 6-7:30pm & 8-9:30pm

Sean Jones is one of the top jazz trumpeters and composers on the scene today. He has appeared on more than 50 albums and performed around the globe with such eminent jazz artists as Frank Foster, Tia Fuller, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Illinois Jacquet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Dianne Reeves, the SFJazz Collective, Wayne Shorter, Gerald Wilson, Nancy Wilson, and Miguel Zenon. He has eight recordings as a leader and is regularly cited in DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines’ annual Critics and Readers' Polls as one of the best trumpet players of his generation. Formerly the Chairman of the Brass Department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Jones was recently named the Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair of Jazz at John Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute in Baltimore. He also serves as Artistic Director for the Carnegie Hall National Youth Jazz Orchestra and presents jazz workshops worldwide. His latest recording, Live from Jazz at the Bistro (Mack Avenue Records), has been lauded by jazz fans and critics alike. www.sean-jones.com
Lisa Henry is a dynamic vocalist with a combination of swingin’ cool and down home class. A Kansas City native, she began by singing gospel music in the Baptist church, and by age 12 was singing the music ofBillie Holiday and Miles Davis. Henry was a winner of the 1994 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocals Competition and was later named an International Jazz Ambassador to Africa. She toured Chile, Argentina, and Peru with the Institute in the 1990s, performing for 34 Heads of State at the Summit of the Americas. In 2006 she participated in a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of India and performed for an esteemed presidential dinner at the White House, celebrating the Institute’s 20th Anniversary. Over the past 20 years, Henry has toured the globe, sharing the stage with such artists as Ambrose Akinmusire, KennyBarron, Don Braden, Bobby Broom, Gerald Clayton, Robin Eubanks, Kenny Garrett, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, Ingrid Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Delfeayo Marsalis, Lou Rawls, Wayne Shorter, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, and Steve Wilson. Her Live from 18th and Vine recording has received critical acclaim. www.lisahenryjazz.com

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650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.