Our 2017-18 Concert Series Line-up!

Welcome to MCG Jazz’s 31st Season!

Click HERE to download our concert descriptions and our order form! 

MCG JAZZ 31st Season Lineup:

Arturo Sandoval: The Dear Diz Tour
Friday, September 22, 2017
Through his compositions from the most straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical, Arturo Sandoval has proven himself as a prominent musician. This 10 time GRAMMY Award winner is one of the most brilliant and multifaceted musicians of our time.

Dee Dee Bridgewater Memphis
Friday, October 6, 2017
Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium than Dee Dee Bridgewater. Performing the lead in equally demanding acting/singing roles on Broadway and beyond, she secured her reputation as a consummate entertainer.

The Hot Sardines
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, the Hot Sardines aim to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.

Earl Klugh
Friday, October 27, 2017
“I’ve always believed and found it to be true that most musicians play like their personalities. And I discovered that to be true of Earl…He played the guitar gracefully and kind and that’s how I found him to be as a person as well”. – Vince Gill

Django Festival All-Stars
Saturday, November 18, 2017
French guitarist and violinist Dorado Schmitt will be joined by a cast of fiercely swinging compatriots including his son, Amati Schmitt to represent the Django Reinhart legacy at its highest level.


Stacey Kent

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mold of the greats. She has put her distinctive stamp on an impressive repertoire of standards over her career with her ability to communicate emotion through a nuanced and minimalist approach.

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows
Saturday, December 16, 2017
The guitar styling’s of Norman Brown will be on display as he teams up with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows to bring you a holiday celebration for the whole family.


The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe – The Art of Jazz

Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Birdland All-Stars have created new arrangements featuring the music of David Bowie and The Police, as well as Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. Visual artist Jeremy Sutton will be touring with the group to create live art during the performance.


Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 9 & 10
Few entertainers today are as accomplished as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy.

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers with Bria Skonberg

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has made her mark as one of the most recognizable saxophonists in the US.  Bria Skonberg mixes worldly trumpet rhythms and contemporary songwriting ability to create a sophisticated pop sound.

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra:  Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald featuring Delores King Williams
Saturday, April 14, 2018
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will come together with vocalist Delores King Williams, paying tribute to Ella’s Centennial with her vocal expertise.
* This show is off-site at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts

Poncho Sanchez And His Latin Jazz Band
Saturday, April 21, 2018
For more than three decades, Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.

Eliane Elias
Friday, May 4, 2018
Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills.  Elias celebrates 100 years of the Samba. “Samba is the most authentic and contagious dance rhythm of Brazil.”

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When will I be charged for my package? – You will be charged immediately upon receipt of payment. Your order will not be processed until payment has been received in full.
  • When will I receive my tickets? –Subscriptions packages will be mailed beginning Monday, July 17. You also have the option of picking them up in person after that date. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
  • How can I send my order form in? – Orders can be mailed, emailed, faxed, or called into the box office. If you are mailing your order in, please address it to the attention of “Nick” or “Box Office”. If you are emailing your order, please send it to npesanka@manchesterbidwell.org . All of MCG Jazz’s contact information can be found at the top right corner of this order form.
  • What happens if I can’t make a concert date during the season? – We offer great flexibility if you cannot make a date during the season. You have the option to switch into any available concert in the current season, free of charge. However, your exchange will not be processed until we receive your unused tickets. You also have the option of donating your tickets back to MCG Jazz for a tax credit. You may also transfer your tickets to a guest. To do so, call the box office at least 24 hours before showtime.
  • How do I get a parking pass? – Parking passes are available to Platinum and Diamond Record Members only. If you require a handicap parking space, please contact the box office 24 hours before showtime