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Soraya Presents Third Annual Jazz at Naz Festival

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The third annual “Jazz at Naz Festival” at The Soraya kicks off January 27.

Fast to be recognized as one of the best winter jazz festivals on the West Coast, the festival features an all-star lineup of the finest musicians in both The Soraya’s Great Hall and its innovative onstage Jazz Club – a unique and intimate setting for jazz performances hosted directly on The Soraya’s stage with less than 300 seats available. 

Whether you’re a hard-core jazz aficionado or simply looking for a fun night out, Jazz at Naz offers a wide breadth of talented jazz greats – from Herb Alpert and Lani Hall,  Booker T. Jones and Hammond Organ prodigy Matthew Whitaker to Delfeayo Marsalis’ New Orleans Jazz, and the poignant rhythms of Cuba with Eliades Ochoa and Harold López-Nussa.

Performances can be enjoyed in person or live-streamed. Executive and Artistic Director Thor Steingraber and accomplished jazz musician and educator Reggie Quinerly will return as hosts of the 13-camera digital stream, featuring exclusive backstage content and candid interviews with the artists.

“The Soraya’s third-annual Jazz at Naz festival promises to be our best yet,” said Steingraber. “We will host some of the greatest musical talents that span generations and geography. Distinct regional sounds of jazz will come to us from New Orleans, Cuba, New York, the Carolinas, Memphis and nearby – from the great Herb Alpert who crafted a uniquely L.A. sound.”

The series kicks off Saturday, January 27, at 8 pm in the Great Hall with legendary Tijuana Brass’ Herb Alpert and Lani Hall. Ranky Tanky with their get funky Gullah vibe and special guest Lisa Fischer perform in the Jazz Club Wednesday, January 13, and Thursday, February 1, at 8 pm.

Booker T. Jones with Green Onions & The Hammond B-3 and special guest Matthew Whitaker performs Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3 at 8 pm.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra bring the sounds of New Orleans to the Great Hall on Wednesday, February 7, at 8 pm,  and Eliades Ochoa with special guest Harold Lopez-Nussa brings the hazy melodies and poignant rhythms of Cuba to the Great Hall on Saturday, February 10. 

New this year, the Soroya’s jazz club  will be catered by local restaurant Humble Bee Bakery & Cafe. Dinner is available for pre-order to Jazz Club concert in-person attendees with premium tickets (table seating). 

Tickets are available at thesoraya.org or by calling (818) 677-3000. Tickets can be purchased to individual concerts or the Jazz Pass allows purchase of all concerts with in-person tickets at a discount of 15%, with access to the Jazz Lounge after each Great Hall performance. Choose any three Jazz at Naz performances and save 10%. 

Purchase a streaming pass for any show for $19 or purchase the four shows that will be streaming (Herb Alpert not available to stream) for $49. 

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,700-seat theatre opened in 2011, and is located at 18111 Nordhoff street in Northridge on the campus of CSUN. For more information and a full schedule visit thesoraya.org

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