Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

Honoring the memory of John Stites and his passion for jazz music

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JSJAO Sponsors Edmar Castañeda Quartet on October 25

Posted October 16, 2023

Thanks to a grant from the John Stites Jazz Organization, the Connecting Chords Music Festival will be presenting the Edmar Castañeda Quartet on Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 PM at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University. The concert is presented in collaboration with the university’s Irving S. Gilmore School of Music Bullock Series.

Latin jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda is a virtuoso and innovator whose album FAMILY was nominated for a Latin Grammy, with New York Latin Culture Magazine calling him “the Jimi Hendrix of the Andean harp.” He also consulted and recorded harp for Disney’s Encanto, which earned Oscar nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

Edmar has cemented the harp’s place in jazz with innovative technique and heartfelt creativity from a wealth of formidable collaborations with music titans such as Sting, Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Ricki Lee Jones, Hiromi, John Patitucci, Pedrito Martinez, Marcus Miller, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ivan Lins, The Yellowjackets, Paco De Lucia, and Paquito D’Rivera.

There will be a pre-concert talk with Matthew Fries (Assistant Professor, Jazz Piano, Jazz Studies – Western Michigan University) and Beau Bothwell (Assistant Professor of Music – Kalamazoo College) at 7:00 PM.

Advance tickets (available online) are $12 and $5 for ages 25 and under. At-the-door ticket prices raise to$15 / $12 seniors / $5.

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The John Stites Jazz Awards (JSJA) are funded by the John Stites Jazz Artist Organization.

The organization funds advanced studies for emerging and established professional jazz musicians, as well as personal development projects which enhance their career opportunities.