Angel City Jazz – Nicole Mitchell’s JBM + Next Jazz Legacy Showcase

World premiere of a multimedia piece by Nicole Mitchell featuring poetry and artwork from her late mother Joan Beard Mitchell.

  • REDCAT ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATER 631 West 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
    REDCAT ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATER 631 West 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • October 28, 2023
  • Next Jazz Legacy

The Angel City Jazz Fest presents

Nicole Mitchell’s JBM: Images Beyond + Next Jazz Legacy Showcase

First Set: Next Jazz Legacy Showcase

Anais Maviel – voice, Milena Casado – trumpet, Neta Raanan – saxophone, Anastassiya Petrova – Keys, Kalia Vandever – trombone, Keyanna Hutchinson – guitar, Anna Butters – bass, Ivanna Cuesta – drums

Second Set: Nicole Mitchell’s JBM: Images Beyond

Artwork and Poetry by Joan Beard Mitchell, Dramatic Performance by actor/vocalist Maia, Music composed by Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell – flute, Jeff Parker – guitar, Maggie Parkins – cello, Jeff Gauthier – violin, Anna Butters – bass, Rajna Swaminathan – percussion

Next Jazz Legacy Showcase, co-presented with New Music USA:

Join us for performances by artists selected for the second cohort of Next Jazz Legacy – a new national apprenticeship program for women and non-binary improvisers in jazz for a more inclusive jazz future. Next Jazz Legacy is a partnership between New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice with support from the Mellon Foundation and Joe & Nancy Walker.

Nicole Mitchell’s JBM: Images Beyond is a theatrical concert by award winning flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell that celebrates the unrevealed afro-surrealist folk art and poetry of her mother, Joan Beard Mitchell, in the 40th anniversary of her death. Joan Beard Mitchell was born and raised on Chicago’s southside; her works show an aesthetic connection to the experimentalism and afro-surrealist ideals within the Chicago Black Arts Movement. Her artistic development reached merit in Syracuse, New York and she continued to create in isolation after moving to Orange County, California, where she met her abrupt death in 1983.

In Images Beyond, JBM’s words are organized into a dramatic expression played by actor/vocalist Maia and interwoven with original music by Nicole Mitchell, in an environment that visually features JBM’s paintings, watercolors and graphic art.

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