May 22, 2019

McCarter’s Berlind Theatre Hosts Jazz in June Series

GRAMMY WINNER: Cecile McLorin Salvant is the first of five acts to appear at McCarter’s Jazz in June.

McCarter Theatre’s second annual Jazz in June Festival runs June 7-22 at the Berlind Theatre. First up is vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, accompanied by pianist Fred Hersch, on Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m.

Salvant returns to McCarter after picking up her third Grammy this year for her latest album The Window. Hailed as the heiress to the “Big Three” — Holiday, Vaughan, and Fitzgerald — she is a vocal virtuoso who examines songs rather than simply inhabiting them.

Next, on June 8 at 8 p.m., is bassist Christian McBride and Tip City, with pianist Emmet Cohen and guitarist Dan Wilson. The six-time Grammy award winner is a composer, educator, arranger, and bandleader. He runs his own imprint on the Mack Avenue Music label and hosts The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian, a weekly NPR show on SiriusXM satellite radio.

This performance will be followed by a post-show conversation with the artist.

The Bill Frisell Trio comes to McCarter Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. Guitarist Frisell will be joined by bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Known for his eclecticism, Frisell experiments with styles including electric improvisation, bluegrass, and early rock to create his own folk-jazz fusion. His latest solo CD is named Music IS.

The series continues with the Bill Charlap Trio on Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Pianist Charlap plays with drummer Kenny Washington and bassist Peter Washington. The trio has done nine albums together and earned two Grammy nominations. They will appear in a post-show conversation with radio station WRTI’s Bob Craig.

The final act on the series is the Vijay Iyer Sextet, on Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. Iyer is a pianist, bandleader, composer, educator, Harvard University professor, and MacArthur Award winner. His sextet includes Graham Haynes on cornet, fluegelhorn, and electronica; Mark Shim on tenor sax; Steve Lehman on alto sax; Stephan Crump on bass; and Tyshawn Storey on drums. A conversation with Iyer and Princeton University’s Director of Jazz Rudresh Mahanthappa precedes the performance.

Tickets start at $25. Available package discounts include three Event and five Event Festival Passes. Visit or call (609) 258-2787. McCarter Theatre is at 91 University Place.