Cassandra Wilson to perform in Kingston

Cassandra Wilson (photo by Mark Seliger)

As the Falcon has made apparent again and again for the last decade, the big names in jazz – really, the biggest – are eminently gettable bookings. As I once wrote in these pages, you can walk right up to the greatest living jazz legends – in a way for which you likely would be beat down in approaching Beyoncé or Paul Simon – and they’ll thank you for your kind and perspicacious words.

Jazzstock, our region’s tireless collective of professional jazz players, promoters and preservers working now out of the hip Senate Garage in Uptown Kingston, has made big-name jazz bookings routine as well. But even by their high standards, this is a huge get: Multiple-Grammy-winner Cassandra Wilson will perform with the Lonnie Plaxico group, also featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell, at the Senate Garage at 4 North Front Street in Kingston on Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m.

Front row seating costs $60, general seating an eminently reasonable $40 for a chance to be this close to this kind of talent. Believe me, I’ve seen ticket prices in the local clubs and theaters get a lot more elastic than this for lesser names. For tickets and additional information, visit