“Ranging from the progressive classical and Latin-influenced pieces by Argentinian musician Guillermo Klein to Rudresh Mahanthappa’s acclaimed bebop-inspired works, the Wexner Center for the Arts will welcome an eclectic group of renowned jazz performers to campus this semester. Mark Lomax, a Columbus native, will also be featured in the upcoming series.
The Wexner Center’s jazz series seeks to represent progressive members of the jazz community who are making an impact on the scene, according to Charles Helm, director of performing arts at the Wex.
“We have had a jazz series from the beginning of the Wexner Center, now over 25 years,” Helm said.
The majority of the artists are hosted in the Wexner’s intimate black box performance space, holding 150-250 audience members.
“One of the key things is how we present jazz with what we call our jazz cabaret setup. It’s sort of a hybrid between a jazz club and a concert venue. It has an intimate feel,” Helm added.“