Salute to Toots Thielemans

Salute to Toots Thielemans

Salute to Toots Thielemans

Grégoire Maret, Oscar Castro-Neves
Kenny Werner & Airto Moreira

Saturday, March 10, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Grégoire Maret

Salute to Toots Thielemans

Salute to Toots Thielemans

Grégoire Maret, Oscar Castro-Neves
Kenny Werner & Airto Moreira

Saturday, March 10, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Oscar Castro-Neves

Salute to Toots Thielemans

Salute to Toots Thielemans

Grégoire Maret, Oscar Castro-Neves
Kenny Werner & Airto Moreira

Saturday, March 10, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Kenny Werner

Salute to Toots Thielemans

Salute to Toots Thielemans

Grégoire Maret, Oscar Castro-Neves
Kenny Werner & Airto Moreira

Saturday, March 10, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Airto Moreira

Due to illness, Toots Thielemans cannot travel and has canceled his U.S. tour. Instead, we are pleased to present an all-star salute to Toots featuring the greatest young harmonica player in jazz, Grégoire Maret, along with Kenny Werner, Oscar Castro-Neves and legendary Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira. Details below.

Salute to Toots Thielemans

With Toots Thielemans recently taken ill, longtime cohorts Kenny Werner and Oscar Castro-Neves will perform in tribute to the jazz legend, accompanied by a pair of fellow luminaries – one a red-hot young harmonica star who is the heir apparent to Toots, and the other a pivotal figure at the heart of the Brazilian jazz revolution.

 

36-year old Swiss harmonica master Grégoire Maret has charted a stellar career with jazz greats like Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock and Cassandra Wilson. His many collaborators include George Benson, Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Richard Bona, Sting, Prince, Elton John and even the grand master, Toots Thielemans, himself.

 

Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira is a true musical icon, having recorded and performed with Miles Davis, Weather Report, Chick Corea’s Return to Forever and countless others. For over four decades he has maintained a musical partnership with wife and vocalist Flora Purim, and has released two dozen albums as a leader. 

 

No musician has been more closely associated with Thielemans over the past decade than Kenny Werner, one of the elite pianists in jazz since the 1970s. Rio-born guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves is a founding father of the early ‘60s bossa nova movement and also produced Thielemans’ star-studded Brasil Project albums. Join us for this special tribute performance, celebrating the inimitable music of NEA Jazz Master Toots Thielemans with the leading exponent of the jazz harmonica tradition. 

 

Ticketholders: Please contact the SFJAZZ Box Office at 415-788-7353 or email boxoffice@sfjazz.org for more information.

Artist Personnel

Grégoire Maret harmonica
Oscar Castro-Neves guitar
Kenny Werner piano
Airto Moreira percussion

Artist Website

"Grégoire is a dear friend of mine and a fine example of the modern generation of harmonica players. He has his own style but still has a great feeling for the melody. " — Toots Thielemans on Grégoire Maret
"Grégoire Maret is an exceptional young musician who is taking the harmonica to an exciting new place in jazz " — Pat Metheny
"He’s one of the most creative musicians around. " — Herbie Hancock on Grégoire Maret