Apr 6, 2025

Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band

Presented by
LC LIVE
Location
The Lincoln Center – Performance Hall

Prices & Notes

P1 (Regular)
$35
P1 (Package)
$28
The Big Deal
$20
Student
$18
Entourage Members
$25

Show Description

The Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band (JKIBB) is an ensemble of Native and Indigenous jazz musicians from across Indian Country. Performing pieces from their under-appreciated predecessors in jazz, like Mildred Bailey (Coeur d’Alene) and Jim Pepper (Kaw/Mvskoke) alongside works by contemporary Indigenous composers, the band spotlights a vibrant, long-standing tradition of Indigenous improvised music today.

Led by the celebrated vocalist and luminary Julia Keefe (Nez Perce), the ensemble brings charisma, passion, and purpose to every stage, leaving audiences both inspired and educated. Premiering at Washington Center for the Performing Arts in 2022, the band quickly gained a reputation for deepening and challenging our understanding of the “uniquely American” art form known as jazz. JKIBB features a “who’s who” of Indigenous bandleaders today, including Mali Obomsawin (Odanak Abenaki), Delbert Anderson (Diné), Chantil Dukart (Tsimshian), and Ed Littlefield (Tlingit) among others, and headlined the 2024 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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“[Julia] gives me hope for the future of jazz”

–NPR

Entourage—for people aged 21 to 39—is your ticket to discounted performances and special events. Share exclusive and unique experiences with people your age who love the arts as much as you do. Learn more about the Entourage.

Show Description

The Julia Keefe Indigenous Big Band (JKIBB) is an ensemble of Native and Indigenous jazz musicians from across Indian Country. Performing pieces from their under-appreciated predecessors in jazz, like Mildred Bailey (Coeur d’Alene) and Jim Pepper (Kaw/Mvskoke) alongside works by contemporary Indigenous composers, the band spotlights a vibrant, long-standing tradition of Indigenous improvised music today.

Led by the celebrated vocalist and luminary Julia Keefe (Nez Perce), the ensemble brings charisma, passion, and purpose to every stage, leaving audiences both inspired and educated. Premiering at Washington Center for the Performing Arts in 2022, the band quickly gained a reputation for deepening and challenging our understanding of the “uniquely American” art form known as jazz. JKIBB features a “who’s who” of Indigenous bandleaders today, including Mali Obomsawin (Odanak Abenaki), Delbert Anderson (Diné), Chantil Dukart (Tsimshian), and Ed Littlefield (Tlingit) among others, and headlined the 2024 Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

A

“[Julia] gives me hope for the future of jazz”

–NPR

Entourage—for people aged 21 to 39—is your ticket to discounted performances and special events. Share exclusive and unique experiences with people your age who love the arts as much as you do. Learn more about the Entourage.

Prices & Notes

P1 (Regular)
$35
P1 (Package)
$28
The Big Deal
$20
Student
$18
Entourage Members
$25