Tribute Concerts and Artists Comments
Since 1982, the Artists Collective has presented a series of tribute concerts to the masters of jazz. Art Blakey was the first honoree. The list of Artists Collective tribute honorees reads like a who's who of America's only true art form:
Ray Barretto | Art Blakey | Walter Bishop, Jr.
Betty Carter | Ron Carter | Earl Coleman
Walter Davis, Jr. | Lou Donaldson | Frank Foster
Curtis Fuller | Dizzy Gillespie | Benny Golson | Babs Gonzales
Johnny Griffin | Chico Hamilton | Roy Haynes
The Heath Brothers | Bill Henderson | Milt Jackson
Illinois Jacquet | Ahmad Jamal | B .B. King
Abbey Lincoln | James Moody | Eddie Palmieri | Sun Ra
Max Roach | Sonny Rollins | Shirley Caesar
Little Jimmy Scott | Arthur Taylor | Billy Taylor
McCoy Tyner | Toots Thielemans | Nancy Wilson
Teddy Wilson | Randy Weston
The Artists Collective has presented Roberta Flack, Wintley Phipps, The Jackson Southerneers, Hugh Masekela, Calypso Rose, Ray Charles, Sheila Jordan, Cyrus Chestnut, Wynton Marsalis and Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy.
Most concerts include master workshops affording Greater Hartford music students the experience of learning from the masters.
Dance concerts have included some of the world's most innovative choreographers:
Dianne McIntyre | Tamango and Urban Tap Caravan
Dance Company of Mozambique | Kevin Jeff & Jubiliation
Chuck Davis & the African American Dance Ensemble
Urban Bush Women
Marie Brooks Children's Dance Theatre Company
Mickey Davidson & Friends
Dos Alas Dancers from Cuba & Puerto Rico
Phildanco (Philadelphia Dance Company) | Forces of Nature
Fascinating Rhythms featuring Savion Glover and Jimmy Slyde
Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop featuring Rene Harris & Pure Movement
Jelon Viera and Dance Brazil
Batoto Yetu Children of the Dance
National Dance Company of Jamaica
"Malick" Folk Performers of Trinidad/Tobago
As with our musical performances, master workshops are conducted for Artist Collective students, members and open to the public for a nominal fee.
was a wonderful experience being at the Artists Collective. Their presence
has served the community very well and has offered people hope and inspiration.
My hope is that their spirit sets the example for others to follow for
years to come."
warm memories of our concerts at the Artists Collective and appreciate
the honor and personal tribute. Jackie is a most valuable person in jazz
education and presentation."
Jackie and Dollie, they have a venue that is an oasis in the desert of Afro American classical music in this nation or perhaps in
the world. They carry on a tradition that is sorely needed, and its always a pleasure to be at the Artists Collective."
inspiring experience to see Little Melonae after hearing the
song for so many years, to see the new facility, the way we were treated.
A deep friendship between me, Jackie, and Dollie has developed over the
years. I have treasured memories. Our friendship became deeper after our
concert at the Artists Collective on June 23 2001."
new center is great. We felt at home. The Artists Collective is doing
an amazing job of pushing the culture of our people forward."
at the Artists Collective was a magical night for me. The atmosphere made
me feel at home. The warmth and intelligence of the audience carried me
to a higher level and inspired me to perform at my very best."
Artists Collective represents the true American dream. It speaks to the
genius and determination of the McLean family. Their dedication to building
a program so rich in culture has been rewarded with the respect of the
Collective is an extended home, it was a part of my grooming. As a young
man I taught here and in the teaching process learned a great deal about
the importance of how art can move lives. Coming back with my company
and having grown into a true sense of my own mission: I find that I am
affirmed and inspired each time I walk through the Artists Collective's
doors to work."
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