Jazz Weekend features both veteran and emerging artists

"David Amram is a national treasure," he said.

The afternoon starts off at about 1 p.m. - the two days of concerts are presented in the lakeside setting of Shepard Park - with the Daniel Kelly Trio. An award-winning keyboardist noted for incorporating sampling into his jazz performances, Kelly has worked with a broad range of artists including hip-hop star Lauryn Hill.

Saturday afternoon concludes with the jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro & the Randy Newman project, which presents works of the talented rock composer in a new light.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. is a special performance by trumpeter Christian Scott, 27, who's performed with McCoy Tyner, and been featured on the cover of Downbeat. Scott's been nominated for a Grammy award, Pines said, noting how he fuses the approach of Miles Davis with hip-hop as he re-interprets the works of contemporary artists like Radiohead.

"Scott has been labeled by some as the saviour of jazz, with his very modern, cutting edge work," Pine said.

Opening Sunday's roster at about 1 p.m. is Sharel Cassity Quartet. Cassity is a young Julliard graduate whose improvisation fuses blues, swing, bebop and post-bop. She has recorded an album that Downbeat magazine has rated four stars, Pines said.

"Cassity is one of the most extraordinary young talents performing today," he said.

She is followed by the Buster Williams Quartet featuring Stefon Harris and Cindy Blackman - both acclaimed jazz performers and composers in their own right.

Buster Williams, who's played with Herbie Hancock, and won numerous Grammys, is acclaimed as one of the greatest bass players alive, Pines said. Vibraphonist Stefon Harris is in demand internationally, and drummer Cindy Blackman, who recorded and toured with Lenny Kravitz, has performed with jazz greats Pharaoh Sanders and Ron Carter, Pines said.

"Cindy is one of the most incredible forces of nature to watch," he said.

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