Carmen Staaf Jazz Trio Coming To Kahilu Theatre November 16


Carmen Staaf Trio

[wp-svg-icons icon=”calendar” wrap=”b”] Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
Doors: 6:00 p.m. | Show: 7:00 p.m.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”location” wrap=”b”] 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela
(808) 885-6868

Up-and-coming pianist/composer Carmen Staaf is a burgeoning voice in the NYC and global music scenes and will perform at the Kahilu Theatre with her trio Tony Scherr on bass and Allison Miller on drums on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Ticket info below.

“Carmen Staaf is a consummate jazz pianist with equal talent in composition, orchestration and arranging. I [am]impressed by her consciousness of blending instruments and musical elements from various cultures. For me this is a step in the right direction that indicates her inroads into promoting a sense of global citizenry. She very much displays a complete knowledge of the history of her instrument but more importantly Carmen is constantly reaching beyond history and is not afraid to go into the unknown and challenge herself at every moment. A bright future awaits her.” -Herbie Hancock

Her deep rhythmic grounding, creative flexibility, and training in classical and jazz piano alike have led her to perform in a wide range of settings with some of the most influential musicians of our era. She is the pianist and Musical Director for Grammy-winning vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute, her past major performances have included the Playboy Jazz Festival in a two-piano setting with the legendary Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and solo piano the Kennedy Center alongside Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch and Joey Alexander. She has also been heard at the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, SFJazz and major jazz festivals around the world.

Also active in the world of dance, Carmen co-orchestrated the music of Duke Ellington (along with Allison Miller) for the American Ballet Theater’s October 2018 performances choreographed by tap star Michelle Dorrance. She is a member of SPEAK, a cross-cultural meeting of Kathak and tap with jazz and Hindustani classical musicians. SPEAK toured India in 2019 and will be at the Kahilu Theatre in February 2020.

If You Go.. Have A Good Show!

Jazz virtuoso Carmen Staaf will perform at the Kahilu Theatre with her knock-out trio of Tony Scherr and Allison Miller on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7 pm. Tickets are $50/$25 and can be purchased at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).


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