Emory Jazz Fest 2016

Anat Cohen with Gary Motley Trio

February 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Cohen joins the Gary Motley Trio in concert on Friday night of Emory Jazz Fest 2016.

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Tickets: $25; $20 discount; $5 Emory students

Big Band Night

February 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

The Saturday night program of Emory Jazz Fest 2016 features the Gary Motley Trio along with the Emory Big Band and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra Strings.

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Free, No Ticket Required

Box Office

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
1700 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Tickets for Emory Jazz Fest 2016 events are available in person at the Arts at Emory Box Office, by phone, or online. Please note that online ticket sales end three (3) hours prior to each event. The Box Office will open one (1) hour prior to the event, at which point remaining tickets may be obtained in person.

Julian Bliss Septet:
A Tribute to Benny Goodman

February 6, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Emerson Concert Hall

One of the world's finest solo clarinetists, Julian Bliss leads his septet through some of the great tunes of the swing era off their debut disc, "Benny Goodman – The King of Swing," as part of the 2016 Emory Annual Jazz Fest. The skillful septet stays true to the genre's authentic feel, while adding their own modern twist. Part of the 2015 - 2016 Candler Concert Series.

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Artist Bios

Anat Cohen

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The Jazz Journalists Association has voted Anat as Clarinetist of the Year eight years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in DownBeat magazine every year since 2011. That’s not to mention years of being named Rising Star in the soprano and tenor saxophone categories in DownBeat, as well as Jazz Artist of the Year. In 2009, ASCAP awarded Anat a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors. Earning this acclaim, Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard and at Columbia University’s prestigious Miller Theatre.

In March 2015, Anzic Records released Luminosa, her seventh album as a bandleader. Luminosa sees Anat play singing/dancing originals, interpret Brazilian classics by the likes of Milton Nascimento, and even re-imagine electronica as acoustica with an ingenious arrangement of a Flying Lotus tune.


Gary Motley

Gary Motley is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum. Gary has also been featured on National Public Radio’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.

Notable performances include the premiere of Gary’s first orchestral work entitled The Artist and the Visionary, duo performances with pianists Dave Brubeck and Kenny Baron, and concerts with Jon Faddis, Eddie Daniels and Benny Golson. Gary’s recordings include Compassion (2001), The Gary Motley Trio featuring Veronica Tate (2001), Keypers (2004), Everything I Love (2005), Renaissance (2009) and Seasoning (2012). He is the recipient of Creative Loafing Magazine’s Critics Choice Award for Best Jazz Artist and was selected by the American Composers Forum to serve as an artist-in-residence resulting in his second composition for string orchestra and jazz trio entitled The Resolution of a Dream.

In addition to his work as an artist, Gary is committed to jazz education and awareness. As the Director of Jazz Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Gary has developed an interactive teaching facility that integrates the rich heritage of American jazz with today’s technology practices. Gary is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Jazz Education Network.


Julian Bliss

Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinetists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as a guest lecturer and the creator of his Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets, and has introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument. Born in the U.K., Julian started playing the clarinet at age four, going on to study in the U.S. at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer. The breadth and depth of his artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work. In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London), and Lincoln Center (New York). In 2012 he established the Julian Bliss Septet, creating programmes inspired by King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba. Recent album releases have received rave reviews from critics, album of the week spots, and media attention, including his recording of Mozart and Nielsen’s Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. The most recent chamber disc features his recordings of Schubert and Schumann with soprano Ailish Tynan and pianist Christopher Glynn alongside a recital album of Russian and French composers with American pianist, Bradley Moore. 2016 will see the premiere of a new concerto written by jazz legend, Wayne Shorter, and a recording of Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint.

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Julian Bliss Septet

The Julian Bliss Septet have performed across Europe at leading venues and festivals including London’s Wigmore Hall, the legendary Ronnie Scott’s and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Live and on record, the Julian Bliss Septet recreate the exciting sound of swing from the 30s and 40s in A Tribute to Benny Goodman. Julian Bliss leads his sextet through some of the great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist. Julian became enamoured with the performances of Benny Goodman at the age of seven, and in 2010 decided to form a group to perform Goodman’s music.

The album A Tribute to Benny Goodman was recorded in 2011 and released on Signum Records in June 2012 to critical acclaim from both jazz and classical reviewers. For live performances, Julian Bliss and pianist Neal Thornton offer an unbiased point of view about the work of Benny Goodman, talking the audience through the music and sharing anecdotes and stories about Goodman’s life, all delivered with humour.

2015 - 2016 Candler Concert Series

Complete Candler Series Line-up