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JAN. 19: esperanza spalding & Fred Hersch unite for Schwartz Center 20th Anniversary

Schwartz Center at Emory University

Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is celebrating their 20th Anniversary in a BIG WAY. Since opening its doors in February 2003, the 825-seat venue has hosted hundreds of music, dance and theater performances with students, faculty, and world-renowned guest artists combining their talents to share culture, beauty, and provocative work.

On Thursday, January 19 at 8 p.m., the Schwartz Center will host an intimate evening of jazz with two icons of the genre: vocalist, esperanza spalding and pianist, Fred Hersch.

The dynamic duo will perform music from their newly released album Alive at the Village Vanguard featuring music from the Great American Songbook, music from Brazil, and new jazz compositions by Hersch.

"This is going to be fuuuun," said spalding on her Instagram account promoting the tour. Other stops include Yoshi's in Oakland, California; Kennedy Center Club at Studio K in Washington D.C.; and Jazz Alley in Seattle, Washington.

Fifteen-time Grammy nominee Hersch, named a “living legend” by The New Yorker, and four-time Grammy winner spalding teamed up in 2018 at the Village Vanguard in New York. Their live performance was later released in an album to benefit jazz musicians who were unable to perform during the pandemic. During this performance audiences will witness their remarkable chemistry on song standards and new compositions penned by Hersch. The duo is part of the Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program and will also offer educational experiences for the campus and community.

Click here for tickets and more information. Check out the full tour schedule below:

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