Charles Turner & Uptown Swing

Charles Turner & Uptown Swing
Concert on the Lawn

Sat, August 1, 7:00pm

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Overview

A regular of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s late-night dance sessions, Charles Turner & Uptown Swing make their way north bringing a lively evening to Friends Field. Enjoy melodies from the Harlem Renaissance through to today’s swing music led by charismatic jazz vocalist and bandleader Charles Turner III and backed by his four-piece rhythm and horn section. This performance will be recorded and broadcast on Sunday, August 2 at 7:00pm.
 
Scheduled rain date is Sunday, August 2.

Artists

Charles Turner, lead vocals
Christopher McBride, alto sax
Sean Mason, piano
Kevin Congleton, drums
Noam Wissenburg, bass

 


All artists and dates are subject to change and cancellation without notice as we work closely with local health experts and officials.

Charles Turner, lead vocals

Charles Turner, winner of the first Annual Duke Ellington Vocal Competition in New York City hosted by Mercedes Ellington, has taken the jazz scene by storm. Turner has held residencies, hosted, and performed at venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Smoke Jazz Club, and the historic Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem. International performances include Pizza Express in London, Sunside Sunset in Paris, Sala Claomores in Madrid, and more venues abroad from Seoul, South Korea to Wellington, New Zealand.

Turner’s sophomore album Single & In Love, produced by Grammy award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., has received critical acclaim and continues to be beloved worldwide.

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Turner taught at The American School of Modern Music in Paris, France in 2017 and 2018. He then participated in Jazz for Young People at Jazz at Lincoln Center and conducted masterclasses in various high schools and universities including New York University.

Turner is committed to bringing his passion for swing and jazz to listeners of all generations and backgrounds through his new band Charles Turner & Uptown Swing, which aims to bring the swing and spirit of Harlem to music lovers and dancers around the world. Through vibrant swing, virtuosic bebop, and vital blues, the band extends music from the swing era to the present under the umbrella of swing.

As a vocalist, composer, and educator, Turner holds the torch of the past and brings it along with him to the present day for all to experience, embrace, and enjoy.

 

Christopher McBride, alto sax

Superb Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics, and his peers as one of the most versatile saxophonists in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.

Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand around the world as a musician, composer, arranger and educator. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny’s Supper Club & Fat Cat. The musicians he has performed for stretches over many genres with artists such as Billy Preston, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Solange, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Hudson, Alice Smith, Brandon Flowers, Lea DeLaria, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Sean Mason, piano

Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Sean Mason is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader. As a sideman, he has performed extensively with jazz legends Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Herlin Riley, among other great jazz artists. In addition to his sideman adventures, Mason also leads his own band, The Sean Mason Trio, which performs frequently around the United States and calls home to many esteemed jazz clubs in New York City, including Smalls Jazz Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Currently residing in New York City, Mason is a student at the prestigious Juilliard School studying jazz piano and is a blistering force in the realm of jazz piano.

 

Kevin Congleton, drums

Originally from Eugene, Oregon, drummer Kevin Congleton was surrounded by music from a young age. Coming from a family of musicians, including professionals of a wide variety of styles, it was natural for him to pursue a career in music. After high school, he attended the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz Program on scholarship. There he rose through the ranks to land the drum chair in the top band, the famed “One O’clock Lab Band”.

Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he has made a name for himself touring and recording with such artists as Lucky Chops, Leo P, Gordon Webster, Ambulance LTD, Joe Manis, and many others. Congleton has toured with various artists all over the world, including the UK, Europe, China, South Korea, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

No stranger to Film and Television, he was in the House Band on an MTV talk show and performed the soundtrack to French Film “Swing Rendez-vous” among other ventures. While in NYC he has performed at many prestigious venues such as The Blue Note, Terminal 5, Brooklyn Bowl, The 55 Bar, The Knitting Factory, The Highline Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, BB Kings, Mezzrow and Birdland. Known for his musicality, versatility, and selflessness on stage, he is an in-demand drummer around N.Y.C. and beyond.

 

Noam Wiesenberg, bass

Bassist, composer, and arranger Noam Wiesenberg has spent the past decade collaborating on stage and in the studio, interpreting a range of live music from such diverse artists as Antonio Sanchez, Billy Hart, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Rodney Green, Camila Meza, Gilad Hekselman, Lage Lund, Melissa Aldana, Seamus Blake, Ben Wendel, Will Vinson, Joel Frahm, Chano Dominguez, Aaron Goldberg, Shai Maestro, Uri Caine, and more

In 2018, the Tel Aviv native released his long-awaited debut recording Roads Diverge to effusive praise from peers and critics.