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Yuval Ron Ensemble

[ Wednesday, April 14, 2021; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
In a world full of divisions, The Yuval Ron Ensemble unites through music. Led by award-winning Israeli composer, producer, and peace activist, Yuval Ron, this ensemble melds the music and philosophies of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions for an evening of deep meaning.

With soulful reinterpretations of songs performed in Arabic and Hebrew, the group aims […]

Nella

[ Friday, February 26, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm. ]
In 2019, the global spotlight shined on Nella. Winning in the prestigious Best New Artist category at the Latin Grammys skyrocketed the Berklee College of Music graduate to international fame, and her star is still rising.

A fresh and exciting voice from Venezuela’s Margarita Island, Nella’s music has been described as “pop with something to say.” […]

Kandace Springs

[ Thursday, April 1, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. 9:00 pm; ]
With soul-drenched vocals and a piano style all her own, Kandace Springs is bringing her refined mix of R&B, jazz, and pop to UpStage.

Signed with Blue Note and having received praise from Prince in 2014, Springs is riding high off the buzz surrounding her newest album, “The Women Who Raised Me.” The album features her […]

Ulysses Owens Jr.’s Generation Y

[ Friday, October 16, 2020; 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm. ]
Described by The New York Times as an artist “who takes a backseat to no one,” two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. has established himself as a versatile and passionate leader in his generation of jazz artists.

Earning his stripes as a member of bassist Christian McBride’s trio, Owens has also toured and recorded […]

Joey DeFrancesco Trio

[ Thursday, November 12, 2020; 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm. ]
UPDATE – 11/11, 4:30pm:

In the interest of safety, University of Florida’s campus will be closed Thursday, November 12th as a response to Tropical Storm Eta. Consequently, Joey DeFrancesco Trio’s performances at 7pm and 9pm, UpStage at the Phillips Center, have been cancelled. 

Refunds will be processed as quickly as possible and will happen automatically for all ticket buyers. We […]

Dala – CANCELED

[ Saturday, April 25, 2020; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
Effective immediately through at least Monday, March 30th, all events at UF Performing Arts venues have been canceled, postponed or rescheduled. This includes all events at: The Phillips Center, Squitieri Studio Theatre, University Auditorium, and the Baughman Center. Additionally, some events at our venues that fall outside of this date range have been affected.

We […]

Shana Tucker Quartet

[ Thursday, March 18, 2021; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm; ]
“ChamberSoul.” That’s how this incredible cellist and singer-songwriter describes her unique music, which weaves jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry.

This intimate UpStage performance will feature the perfect mix of Tucker’s smooth, lyrical originals, as well as unique reinterpretations of songs you know by heart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXkPrhzh6aM

Funded in […]

Andrew Collins Trio – CANCELED

[ Thursday, March 19, 2020; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
Effective immediately through at least Monday, March 30th, all events at UF Performing Arts venues have been canceled, postponed or rescheduled. This includes all events at: The Phillips Center, Squitieri Studio Theatre, University Auditorium, and the Baughman Center.

We have created a page on our website for a full list of policies, procedures, and FAQs related […]

Aaron Diehl Trio

[ Wednesday, March 11, 2020; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
One of the most sought-after jazz pianists today is playing UpStage. Having already made an indelible mark on the jazz world, Aaron Diehl has been lauded by The New York Times as playing with “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.”

His meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of […]

Jontavious Willis

[ Saturday, February 22, 2020; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
Jontavious Willis is as authentic and as talented as they come, a young bluesman whose eruption onto the scene has sent a jolt through blues lovers everywhere. With every strum of his guitar and every line sung with raw emotion, you can tell he has this music deep in his soul. Cosigned by the legendary […]

Catherine Russell

[ Thursday, January 30, 2020; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
Back by popular demand, Catherine Russell was a crowd favorite for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Big Band Holiday show in 2017. This singer’s booming, brassy vocal power and honeyed smoothness is sure to be an absolute treat for our UpStage series.  

Before launching her remarkable solo career, Russell excelled as a backup singer […]

Red Horse

[ Thursday, January 23, 2020; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
Bring together three of the most respected singer-songwriters in the American folk scene, and something magical happens.

Comprised of veteran musicians Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky, the group started as a way for three longtime friends to cover each other’s songs and breath new life into old favorites. With sophisticated instrumentation and gorgeous harmonies, […]

Bria Skonberg

[ Friday, November 22, 2019; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
­Surround yourself with sleek and timeless jazz as Bria Skonberg brings her bold horn melodies and smoky vocals to UpStage.  An undeniable force in the new generation of jazz, Skonberg brilliantly blends respect for tradition with passion for the future.

Best described by The Wall Street Journal, “Bria Skonberg looks like a Scandinavian angel, plays trumpet […]

Sammy Miller and the Congregation

[ Friday, November 1, 2019; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
Sammy Miller and the Congregation play “joyful jazz”—high-energy, feel-good music with a dash of stand up comedy. Their style entertains, enriches, and, most of all, uplifts.

Formed by drummer, singer, and bandleader, Sammy Miller, this group is on a mission to put generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people. Community-minded and […]

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

[ Friday, September 20, 2019; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
Etienne Charles brings everything he has to the stage with thrilling compositions and palpable charisma. Building on his Trinidadian heritage, Charles is rewriting jazz by blending myriad rhythms from the French, Spanish, English, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean and defying easy musical categorization.

NPR’s “All Things Considered” calls Etienne “a great young trumpeter” whose “records filter calypso, […]

Preacher Lawson

[ Wednesday, September 18, 2019; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. ]
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Since exploding onto the scene as a Top 5 finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” Preacher Lawson has been serving up his unique flavor of deliciously goofy, contagiously energetic comedy at clubs, colleges, and theatres nationwide.

With sidesplitting physicality and a mountain of charm, Lawson mines […]

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