Concert: Wadada Leo Smith & the Golden Quintet

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 8:00pm


Downbeat Magazine's 2017 critics poll winner for jazz artist, trumpeter and album of the year, Wadada Leo Smith and the Golden Quintet  will perform his multimedia piece "America's National Parks," which interweaves imagery from the parks with live video of the performers, as they perform and improvise on the composition. Smith, A Pulitzer Prize finalist, was just named winner of Downbeat Magazine's 2017 Critics Poll for Artist, Trumpeter, and Album. "America's National Parks," Mr. Smith's tribute to the centennial of the Park system, and to the idea of dedicating public spaces, is a six-part suite, inspired by three of the nation's physical parks, and also by the City of New Orleans, the Mississippi River, and Eileen Jackson Southern, the African-American musicologist, author and founder of the journal The Black Perspective in Music, who Smith calls "a literary national park."   The Golden Quintet's members are all master improvizing performers and composers in their own right, Anthony Davis: piano; Ashley Walters: cello; John Lindberg: bass; and Pheeroan akLaff: drums.  The "sixth member" of the quintet is video artist Jesse Gilbert, who interweaves images of the parks with live video of the performers interacting on-stage.   

These events are supported by the Gassmann Fund and are Arts Enhancement Event supported by the Provost’s Office to increase the awareness of and support for the arts at the University of Virginia. These are also Synergies Events.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda (map). Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Road, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. 

Please call the Music Department at 434.924.3052 for more information.



Tickets cost $15 for the general public, $13 for UVA faculty and staff, $10 for students at the door, and free for UVA students in advance.

For ticket sales, contact the UVA Arts Box Office:

For a full listing of all the public events that will take place as part of Wadada Leo Smith's arts residency at the University of Virginia, see:


The Impulse Festival is sponsored by the following UVA entities: Arts Administration program, Arts Council, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences’ Collective Response: Moving Forward committee, McIntire Department of Art, McIntire Department of Music, Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts, Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, University Programs Council, and WTJU Radio.  Generous support was given by The Acquavella Family, Charlottesville Jazz Society, Gassmann Fund for Innovation in Music, Hampton Inn and Suites, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.