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In the Jazz Tradition: Kate McGarry

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 9:00 pm

The Fruit

Given the winter weather expected this Sunday, December 9, Duke Performances is rescheduling Kate McGarry’s Sunday sets for TUESDAY evening, December 11, at Durham Fruit & Produce. The sets will now be at 7 & 9 PM (as opposed to the originally scheduled 6 & 8 PM sets). We will honor Sunday tickets on Tuesday at both sets. If you are wanting a refund, please call the Duke University Box Office at 919.684.4444 between 11 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience this reschedule causes, and thanks for your support of our In the Jazz Tradition festival.


The ‘In the Jazz Tradition’ Package, which provides access to all 14 ‘In the Jazz Tradition’ sets at Durham Fruit & Produce, including performances by Nnenna Freelon, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Nellie McKay, Catherine Russell, Jazzmeia Horn, René Marie, and Kate McGarry, is now on sale. Packages are available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


For the GRAMMY-nominated Kate McGarry, jazz has never been an endpoint, safely sealed off from the rest of the musical world. Instead, it is an entryway, a place into which she can pull the songs and sounds she loves from a wide musical world. McGarry applies consummate jazz technique to a songbook that seems inspired by folk music’s sense of openness; on her acclaimed new album, The Subject Tonight Is Love, she handles standards, Irish traditional songs, Beatles hits, and settings of poetry by the fourteenth-century Persian Hafiz with a singular sense of clarity and grace. Whether singing with Fred Hersch (as she’ll do at Duke this season in his Leaves of Grass) or collaborating with John Hollenbeck or Maria Schneider, McGarry makes every song her own, offering up each as if she were an old friend in deep conversation. A decade ago, McGarry and her husband and collaborator, guitarist Keith Ganz, left New York for Durham; joined by Ganz, pianist Gary Versace, and drummer Obed Calvaire in her adopted hometown, McGarry offers the perfect finish to In the Jazz Tradition.

Kate McGarry 'God Moves on the City'

Kate McGarry 'Wichita Lineman'

Kate McGarry 'All My Tomorrows'

Kate McGarry 'The Times They Are A-Changin' / Man Of God / Just What I Needed'

“Few have the musical depth, sense of passion and artistic ambitions of the divine Kate McGarry.”

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