Dr. Phillips Center Presents

Jazz Common Ground

Summer Sessions
July 17, 24 & August 3, 2024 | Judson's Live | 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Jazz Common Ground

July 17, 24 & August 3, 2024 | Judson's Live | 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.

Join us for a fresh summer sound experience with Jack and Jacob Kaiser, the creative visionaries of Jazz Common Ground. Here, they’ll lead audiences on a groove-infusing mission to unite past, present and future.

Jazz Common Ground is the sonic venture of brothers Jack and Jacob Kaiser, who first discovered America’s artform through their jazz-musician grandfather and venue namesake, Judson Green. In this series of performances, they’ll sync-up with rising talent and Judson’s live regulars, Gerald Law II on drums and Will Patrick on guitar.


A Symposium of Sound


Each week, the newly formed Jazz Common Ground will embark on a musical exploration. Themes and ideas will guide the experience, leaving the artists open to wherever the music takes them and the audience.

Wednesday, July 3: Ground Rules
Performing together for the first time, see the group develop its chemistry and create their own sound in this inaugural session. Expect to hear vibey neo-soul and R&B as the primary stylistic guides. The show will feature original compositions and arrangements designed to set a mellow, easygoing tone.

Wednesday, July 10: Charged
Feel the electricity of this performance with upbeat tempos and a funky groove that might even move you to your feet.

Wednesday, July 17: Synthesis
Alongside Jack’s original music, this setlist features reimagined versions of songs by artists like Usher, Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross.

Wednesday, July 24: Convergence
Alive with anything-can-happen energy, this musical experience promises to be the most adventurous, with unique arrangements and varying tempos.

Saturday, August 3: Culminate
Jack takes the lead to bring the final show to its creative conclusion, drawing together music from established and emerging artists.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Jack Kaiser (Bass & Vocals)
Jack Kaiser is breaking down the strict boundaries that separate musical genres. Drawing from both classical and established jazz idioms, the 19-year-old singer and composer presents a captivating, blended sound that has clear influences from the worlds of R&B, blues and soul while maintaining some of the intricacy present in 21st-century Western-classical music. He currently studies composition at the New School in New York City.

Jacob Kaiser (Piano, Vocals)
A recent graduate from Phillips Academy Andover, Jacob Kaiser serves-up grooving piano and vocals using stylistic influences from Motown, modern jazz artists and more. His energy and originality give Jazz Common Ground a high-contrast range of musical dexterity that transcends the idea of genres. While focused on piano and singing, he also composes and arranges his own music.

Will Patrick (Guitar)
“Fiery, soulful and eclectic” New York-based guitarist Will Patrick combines R&B, jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop and soul to develop a truly distinctive voice. While still in his teens, he performed at venues like the Blue Note New York, Blue Note Tokyo and Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia, drawing inspiration from artists Butcher Brown, Roy Hargrove, Jimi Hendrix and D’Angelo. He’s performed with the likes of Larry Coryell, Kirk Whalum, Billy Kilson, Bob James and Patti Austin, and has released several projects under his independent label, The Radical Collective.

Gerald Law II (Drums)
Drummer, composer and bandleader Gerald Law II has built a reputation as the go-to drummer for jazz and R&B artists in Central Florida. If you’ve seen him play, you know why he’s affectionately called “the smiling drummer.” From his drum throne, Law drives the rhythm and elevates the performance of everyone around him. Whether simmering with soulful energy or exploding in creative improvisation, he brings audiences to incredible heights with music that always grooves.


Prices, shows, artists, dates and times are subject to change at any time without notice. The views and opinions expressed within this show are those of the artist(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Dr. Phillips Center.

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