As a master inventor of musical hybrids, Quincy Jones has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies and television. Named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century by Time Magazine, Jones’ creative magic is on full display as the Seattle Symphony and guest artists pay tribute to this musical legend.
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Conductor, arranger, curator and composer, Jules Buckley is a unique and rare breed of artist. Not yet forty, he has collaborated with some of music’s most important and credible names, trailblazing his way through a staggering discography of almost 70 albums - more than most artists achieve in a lifetime. Through his mastery of non-classical orchestral music, he has pushed the boundaries of almost all musical genres by placing them in an orchestral context, earning himself a reputation as a pioneering genre alchemist and agitator of musical convention.
With hands that eﬀortlessly glide over the keys and a voice that will carry you to the moon, Sheléa’s musical mastery makes her one of the most exhilarating up and coming artists today. While donning multiple hats of vocalist, songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer, Sheléa evokes the sultry energy of Whitney Houston and the piano chops and writing prowess of Alicia Keys.
Jonah Nilsson's life changed overnight after him and a couple long-time friends uploaded their own covers of huge pop hits like Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” to Youtube. The unique funk-pop covers spread like wildfire in the music community, garnered them millions of views, and got them the attention of many acclaimed artists, namely 16x Grammy Award winning producer David Foster. David took them under his wing and signed the trio named Dirty Loops to their first record deal at Verve Records. And just like that, Jonah went from singing in his friend’s basement to becoming an international touring star.
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.
Pops Series Title Sponsor: the John & Ginny Meisenbach Foundation. Additional support for the Saturday performance is provided by Microsoft and Holland America Line.