Some of the series organizers: (right to left) Shawn Gannon, Richard Young, Eli Uttal-Veroff, Donald Mason

Some of the series organizers: (right to left) Shawn Gannon, Richard Young, Eli Uttal-Veroff, Donald Mason

Origins Jazz Series is the intersection of some of Lexington’s most respected venues, jazz artists, and festival organizers. It is a series that is designed to build on the current energy of jazz as a popular art form in Lexington and Central Kentucky.

The inaugural season will bring in some of America’s top jazz artists, and will feature the talents of jazz artists based in the Central Kentucky region rarely heard in a concert or club setting.

The series is rooted in Lexington’s jazz origins by honoring the complex legacy of Narcotic Farm, the nation’s first drug-treatment prison. Located out Leestown Road, it treated jazz legends like Sonny Rollins, Elvin Jones, and Chet Baker. $2 from every ticket sold as a part of the series will benefit local organizations that work on issues related to opioid abuse.

We firmly believe that Lexington can become the preeminent destination for jazz in the region by lifting up our local scene and bringing in the best talent there is from across the world. 

 

The co-planners of Origins Jazz Series are: Donald Mason, Eli Uttal-Veroff, Richard Young, Shawn Gannon, Madeline Diane, and Chester Grundy. 

A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Grammy Award winning saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation.

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