Tanglewood Announces Jackson Browne July 4, Esperanza Spalding Aug. 4

Jackson Browne Returns

Sara Watkins

Sara Watkins

With James Taylor not a major part of Tanglewood this year, the organizers have reached back into their history book and selected American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, along with special guest Sara Watkins for the July 4 slot.

Browne returns to Tanglewood for the first time in 15 years, on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at 7 p.m. to perform in the Shed, with fireworks following the concert. Performing with him will be special guest Sara Watkins. Mr. Browne last performed at Tanglewood with Bonnie Raitt on August 24, 1998. He made his first Tanglewood appearance on July 31, 1973.

Check out our Tanglewood week by week guide (Click Me), as well as a very detailed day by day listing. (Click Me)

Esperanza Spalding in a Tanglewood Debut

Grammy award-winning jazz bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding also joins the Tanglewood 2013 line-up, bringing her Radio Music Society Tour to Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall on Sunday, August 4, 2012, at 8 p.m. Ms. Spalding, who both studied and taught at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, will make her Tanglewood debut.

Tickets for Jackson Browne on July 4 range from $23.50 to $79..50. Tickets for Esperanza Spalding on August 4 range from $20 to $99. All tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 27, at www.tanglewood.org, by calling 888-266-1200, or at the Symphony Hall box office in Boston, MA. All ticket prices include a $2 Tanglewood grounds maintenance fee.

Jackson Browne is at Tanglewood July 4, 2013

Jackson Browne is at Tanglewood July 4, 2013

The Great Jackson Browne

There are few names in music with as much history – and social history – as Jackson Browne. He has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jackson Browne in his earlier days.

Jackson Browne in his earlier days.

Mr. Browne’s career began in the mid-’60s in Los Angeles and Orange County folk clubs. Except for a brief period in New York City in the late 1960s, he has always lived in Southern California. Since his debut album came out on David Geffen’s Asylum Records in 1972, Jackson Browne has released thirteen studio albums and three collections of live performances; his most recent, Love Is Strange, features David Lindley.

Beyond his music, Mr. Browne is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He’s a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), Nukefree.org, and the Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.

In 2002, he was the fourth recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, given to artists whose works exemplify the environmental and social values that were essential to the great California-born author. He has received Duke University’s LEAF award for Lifetime Environmental Achievement in the Fine Arts, and both the Chapin-World Hunger Year and NARM Harry Chapin Humanitarian Awards. In 2004, Jackson was given an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, for “a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice.”

Esperanza Spalding makes her Tanglewood debut.

Esperanza Spalding makes her Tanglewood debut.

Esperanza Spalding – the Ultimate Musician?

Born in Portland, Oregon, bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding began playing the violin at age four, and within a year, had earned a spot in The Chamber Music Society of Oregon, a community orchestra that was open to both children and adult musicians. She stayed with the group for ten years and became the orchestra’s concertmaster by age 15. By then, she had also discovered the bass, and before long was playing blues, funk, hip-hop, and a variety of other styles on the local club circuit. Her first band, Noise for Pretend, expanded Spalding’s musical horizons and presented her earliest opportunities to sing and write music.

At 16, Ms. Spalding enrolled in the music program at Portland State University as the youngest bass player in the program. After a move to the east coast to attend Berklee College of Music, she earned her B.M. in three years and signed on as an instructor in 2005 at the age of 20. Ms. Spalding was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding musicianship.

Her journey as a solo artist began with the 2006 release of Junjo, on the Spanish label Ayva Music. She then presented the many different sides of her writing on Esperanza, her 2008 international debut recording for Heads Up (a division of Concord Music Group), which quickly topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart and became the year’s best-selling album worldwide by a new jazz artist. Numerous awards and appearances followed, including an invitation by President Barack Obama to appear at both the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, and an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Returning to her ever-expanding book of musical sketches, Spalding began with Chamber Music Society, the 2010 release on which the bassist was joined by longtime colleagues Leo Genovese (keyboards) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), plus percussionist Quintino Cinalli, vocalists, including Milton Nascimento, and a string trio. The disc was another instant chart-topper and gained multiple awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Spalding’s latest release, Radio Music Society, expands the cast to include, among many others, jazz legends Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, and Billy Hart; hip-hop giant Q-Tip, Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato, and Lionel Loueke, among an array of notable vocalists; and Portland mentors Scroggins and Memory, as well as the horn section of Memory’s American Music Program ensemble. In addition to performing over 110 Chamber Music Society concerts, she also toured with Joe Lovano’s US 5, performed at Rock In Rio with Milton Nascimento, played at Prince’s “Welcome 2 America” tour, and joined Wayne Shorter in celebrating Herbie Hancock’s 70th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

About the 2013 Tanglewood Season

We have published both a week by week guide (Click Me) to the summer happenings at Tanglewood, as well as a very detailed day by day listing. (Click Me) But here is a quick overview. There is so much happening that even it takes several paragraphs to outline.

Among the special events of the 2013 Tanglewood season will be the presentation of the acclaimed, newly re-mastered 1961 film West Side Story, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Leonard Bernstein’s iconic score, while the film is shown on large screens in high definition with the original vocals and dialogue (7/13). Yo-Yo Ma, in one of two appearances this season, is joined by American string virtuosos Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan to perform a program inspired by their recent genre-defying recording, The Goat Rodeo Sessions (8/15). The BSO’s season at Tanglewood opens on July 5 with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos leading an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring violin virtuoso Joshua Bell in his 25th consecutive year performing at Tanglewood, and closes on August 25 with the welcome return of BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink for the season finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The 200th anniversaries of the birth of Wagner and Verdi will be marked with two special BSO programs: Bryn Terfel, along with Katarina Dalayman and Amber Wagner, will be featured in Act III of Wagner’s Die Walküre under the direction of the acclaimed Wagner conductor Lothar Koenigs (7/20), and Andris Nelsons will lead the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and an acclaimed cast of soloists in the Verdi Requiem (7/27).

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will be joined by country music legend Vince Gill on July 7 and American Songbook stylist Michael Feinstein on August 16. For the ever-popular Film Night, this year on August 25, John Williams and the Boston Pops will be joined by guest conductor David Newman and renowned vocalist Audra McDonald for what has become one of the signature events of the Tanglewood season. A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller returns to Tanglewood for their fourteenth consecutive live broadcast from the festival on June 29.

The 2013 Tanglewood season will present a spectacular lineup of the world’s most celebrated piano virtuosos, including legendary figures Leon Fleisher (7/12) and Menahem Pressler (8/20); these programs will take place in celebration of Mr. Fleisher’s 85th birthday and Mr. Pressler’s 90th birthday. Other featured soloists will include such established masters as Leif Ove Andnes (8/2), Emanuel Ax (8/18), Yefim Bronfman (8/10), Christoph Eschenbach (7/26), Paul Lewis (7/24), Garrick Ohlsson ( 7/28), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (7/19), Peter Serkin (8/23), and Christian Zacharias (8/11). Two stars of the younger generation, Lang Lang (8/3) and Daniil Trifonov (8/22), will also be featured.

Emmanuel Music will present a concert performance of John Harbison’s opera The Great Gatsby (7/11), in celebration of the composer’s 75th birthday. The Tanglewood Music Center, with Mark Morris directing, will present a double opera bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s Curlew River (7/31, 8/1), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth. In addition, Tanglewood is honored to present the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin’s highly acclaimed opera, Written on Skin (8/12), in concert performance, to take place during the Festival of Contemporary Music (8/8-12).

Tickets go on sale to the general public for all events including the just announced Jackson Browne and Esoeranza Spalding concerts on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at www.tanglewood.org, by calling 888-266-1200, or at the Symphony Hall box office in Boston, MA

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