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The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater

Nov 17 - 18 , 2017 · STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$14 in advance, $16 at the door.

Kobie Watkins plays PHILLY JOE JONES

Presented by: Jazz Arts Initiative

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The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater

Nov 17 - 18 , 2017 · STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$14 in advance, $16 at the door.

Kobie Watkins plays PHILLY JOE JONES

Presented by: Jazz Arts Initiative

JAZZ ROOM: Kobie Watkins plays PHILLY JOE JONES 

(jazz drumming, bebop standards)

After much-acclaim and sold-out performances, Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative’s (JAI) monthly series—The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theater – continues season 10 on November 17 & 18 with renowned drummer Kobie Watkins paying tribute to legendary jazz drummer PHILLY JOE JONES. The Stage Door Theater is part of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, at the corner of 5th and College in Uptown Charlotte.

A Philadelphia native, jazz drummer Joseph Jones nicknamed himself “Philly Joe” Jones distinguish himself from Count Basie’s drummer, Jo Jones. In the late 1940’s he became the house drummer at Café Society in New York City, where he played with the leading bebop musicians of the day. Jones played and toured with the Miles Davis Quintet in the mid-1950’s. Davis acknowledged that Jones was his favorite drummer, and stated that he would always listen for Jones in other drummers. From 1958 on Jones worked as a leader, but continued to work as a sideman with other musicians, including Bill Evans and Hank Mobley. Evans, like Davis, also said that Jones was his all-time favorite drummer. After residing and playing in London and Paris from 1967 to 1972, Jones returned to Philadelphia and led the fusion group Le Grand Prix; toured with Bill Evans; recorded for Galaxy Records; worked with Red Garland; and founded and led the group Dameronia, dedicated to the composer Tadd Dameron, until his death in 1985 at the age of 62.

 

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kobie received his BME from Vandercook College of Music and Masters of Music from Northwestern University in Jazz Pedagogy. He became a public school band and music teacher by day and by night played gigs around the Chicago land area and throughout the United States. Kobie has cultivated dynamic relationships with his peers in and out of the Jazz, Latin, and Gospel community as a drummer, percussionist and a mentor. He has played and recorded with numerous artists including jazz legend Sonny Rollins, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Curtis Fuller, Bob Mintzer, Jim Hall, John Patitucci, Arturo Sandoval, George Coleman, Ira Sullivan, Sonny Fortune, Roy Hargrove, Kurt Elling, Fred Anderson, Christian McBride, and Ron Perrillo. Kobie has toured extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada, South America and the United States. His educational and mentoring relationships include working with Wynton Marsalis at a high school jazz clinic in Chicago, the Ravinia mentors program for the Chicago Public High School students, and “Attention for Boys” a MusicAlive mentoring and teaching program, founded by Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram for inner-city youth ages 8 to 18 years.

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Parking and Directions

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
Bank of America Center Parking Garage
Enter on Trade or 5th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets. 

The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.

Getting and Using Your Parking Pass When You Arrive

  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*

When You Exit

  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.

CLICK HERE to Purchase your Parking Exit Pass in Advance

CLICK HERE for parking information for Spirit Square events. (McGlohon Theater, Duke Energy Theater)

CLICK HERE for parking information for Knight Theater events.

Accessibility

Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience!

  • Assistive listening systems available
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair seating
  • Limited booster seats available at Belk Theater.

Wheelchair access
All of our theaters and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible, and restrooms are equipped with strobe-light as well as audio alarm systems. A wheelchair accessible "unisex" restroom on the Belk Theater's Grand Tier level accommodates persons who may need assistance from a spouse or companion of the opposite sex. Ask an usher for the location.

Entry and exit assistance
For performances in the Belk Theater, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the corner of Tryon and 5th Streets or valet parking on Tryon. If you wish to receive this service, please contact the Box Office at least 2 days prior to the performance to make these arrangements.

SERVICES FOR THE VISUALLY-IMPAIRED

Audio Description
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions. For Belk Theater performances, patrons can pick up headsets at the coat check in the Grand Tier Lobby.

Large Print Programs
Large print programs are available for patrons at many performances. At Belk Theater, assistance is available at the coat check in the Grand Tier Lobby.

Service Animals
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.

SERVICES FOR THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING

Interpreting
Certain performances at the Performing Arts Center will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested. There will be one Sign Interpreted and Audio Described performance in each Broadway Lights engagement on a Sunday at 2pm.

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening equipment is available free of charge for all amplified performances. Please see an usher for assistance. In Belk Theater, headsets may be checked out from the coat check located in the Grand Tier.

Communication Devices
TTY/TOO is available on the Mezzanine Level of the Belk Theater near the entrance from Founders Hall.