Jazz @ the Center Season Lineup

Lafayette, LA – Friday nights are jazz nights at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The Moncus Theater transforms into an intimate NYC style Jazz Club, complete with table seating, candlelight and cocktail service. Enjoy international star performers, big-city club atmosphere and world-class acoustics without ever leaving Acadiana.


Friday, October 5, 2012 @ 7:30 PM 
Mark Whitfield Quartet

Tickets: $40 VIP Table seating/$30 Table seating


One of the greatest Jazz guitarists in the world today, Mark Whitfield kicks off our Jazz season. Mark has performed with many legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Wynton Marsalis and his mentor George Benson. The New York Times dubbed Whitfield “The Best Young Guitarist in the Business”. Over the past two decades Whitfield has produced 14 solo projects for the Warner Brothers and Verve labels. In recent years he has collaborated with Sting, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Diana Krall, Lauryn Hill and Chris Botti. Catch this incredible virtuoso up close at AcA.




Friday, November 9, 2012 @ 7:30 PM 
Judy Carmichael

Tickets: $40 VIP Table seating/$30 Table seating


“Judy Carmichael is a great entertainer. Her playing is masterly and her linking material show her to be a raconteur in the Ustinov mold.”

Jonathan James Moore, BBC Radio


“Astounding, flawless and captivating.”

The New York Times


Grammy Nominated Judy Carmichael has played every type of venue from Carnegie Hall, to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice and given private recitals for Rod Stewart, Robert Redford and President Clinton. Judy is a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Entertainment Tonight and CBS' Sunday Morning shows.




Friday, January 25, 2013 @ 7:30 PM 
Claudia Acuña Quintet
Tickets: $40 VIP Table seating/$30 Table seating


“…Strength and grace…” Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“…the voice of an angel…” Ed Morales, Newsday


Chilean singer, songwriter and arranger Claudia Acuña possesses one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz.  While singing primarily in Spanish, her music communicates with power and deep feeling. It was in Greenwich Village, NYC, that Acuña started her professional career. She was signed to Verve Records in 1999, and now records for the Marsalis Label. Acuña has toured with a host of great performers including George Benson, Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride.




Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Preservation Hall Jazz Band 

Tickets: $40 VIP Table seating/$30 Table seating


The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to perpetuate traditional New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, this music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Many of the band's charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early twentieth century including Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. These artists passed on the lessons of their music to a younger generation who now follow in their footsteps. From the birthplace of Jazz to the heart of Acadiana – we're excited to bring PHJB to AcA.




Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Terence Blanchard Quintet 

Tickets: $40 VIP Table seating/$30 Table seating


With the great Louis Armstrong for inspiration, it may not come as a surprise that New Orleans has produced perhaps the two greatest Jazz trumpeters of this era. Terence Blanchard is also one of the most prolific musicians in the world. His solo discography spans more than 20 albums for Sony and Blue Note, his collaborative recordings another dozen, while his 25+ soundtracks include award winning films such as Mo Better Blues and Malcolm X and have been nominated for both Golden Globe and Emmy awards. A two-time Grammy winner and five-time nominee, Blanchard and his fantastic band are frequent guests at major Jazz Festivals around the world.




Friday, May 3, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
ULL Jazz Ensemble @ AcA 

Tickets: $30 VIP Table seating/$20 Table seating

ULL Students and Faculty free, day of performance


Experience more than 20 of Acadiana's brightest aspiring Jazz performers as they work their way through classic big-band arrangements, new compositions, Latin tunes and Jazz standards. Under the direction of Dr. William Hochkeppel, these students show us how serious they are about Jazz and how much fun they have in the process. Experience the stunning sound of a full-fledged big band in the Moncus Theater.



12/13 Jazz Season Pass – All 6 shows

Tier 1                         $216            VIP Table seating

Tier 2                        $162            Table seating


Tickets can be purchased at AcadianaCenterforArts.org, by calling 337.233.7060 or visit the AcA Box Office at 101 W Vermillion St., Lafayette, LA.


For a full line-up of AcA events visit AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org. 

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