The series will celebrate contemporary jazz as well as bring a modern interpretation to beloved jazz tunes played at the brand's flagship hotel in New York in the 1930s and 1940s.
Throughout the Jazz Age, the Rooftop Ballroom at the iconic St. Regis New York played host to some of the finest jazz musicians in history with unforgettable performances from greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Buddy Rich; it is this rich musical legacy that makes jazz the soundtrack of the St. Regis brand even today.
In celebration of the brand's authentic tie to jazz, the quintessential American music genre, The ‘Jazz Legends at St. Regis' series provides a platform for guests, residents and the local community to enjoy exclusive jazz performances by both celebrated musicians and emerging talent alike, curated together with Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC), the non-profit organization whose mission it is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz.
“Jazz is an innate part of the St. Regis legacy, and it is exciting to see today's global travellers passionate about the social and cultural tradition,” says Daphne Sipos, Global Brand Director, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “With the launch of the ‘Jazz Legends at St. Regis' series, we are thrilled to entertain jazz aficionados and novices alike with innovative jazz programming, modern performances and beyond expectation experiences.”
“Jazz is woven into the fabric of our culture, evolving throughout history: respecting tradition, but also reinterpreting it,” states Jamie Cullum. “I am honored to be a part of the ‘Jazz Legends at St. Regis' series and follow in the footsteps of some of the finest musicians that have played at St. Regis.”
The series formally launches tonight with a performance by acclaimed jazz musician and singer-songwriter Jamie Cullum at The St. Regis Washington D.C. followed by marquee events at The St. Regis Mexico City, The St. Regis Bangkok and The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort to name a few.
This performance follows on the heels of an exclusive jazz event with Jamie Cullum at the recently opened St. Regis Istanbul earlier this month; an intimate jazz performance with Jonathan Batiste at The St. Regis Deer Valley; and before that, The Vault at the iconic St. Regis New York was transformed by event designer Bronson van Wyck into a twenties-era jazz club, which was the setting for a lively and much talked about performance by Jamie Cullum to celebrate the debut of his newest album Interlude.
For more information on the 2015 Jazz Legends at St. Regis schedule and to purchase tickets to upcoming performances, please visit www.stregis.com/jazz.
Additionally, as part of the Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Moments platform, the highest bidding SPG member the opportunity to meet Jamie Cullum before he takes the stage for an exclusive piano lesson with a guest or small group of jazz-loving SPG members, followed by access to an exclusive performance by Cullum and a room at the stunning St. Regis. For more information, please visit: www.spg.com/moments
Photo: Jamie Cullum kicks off "Jazz Legends at St. Regis" series before the White House Correspondents Dinner at The St Regis Washington D.C.