Kenwood Academy Jazz Ensemble, directed by Gerald Powell
This has been an extra-special year for the Kenwood Academy Jazz Ensemble. Under the direction of Gerald Powell, its robust horn section added a stirring element to young piano great Jason Moran’s spring performance at Symphony Center. Its power and composure following the shooting of one of its members was a testament to its inner strength, and the healing potential of music. Today, the entire ensemble will show off its exceptional range under the direction of Gerald Powell, a member of the AACM also known for his tuba work in 8 Bold Souls.