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Segerstrom jazz series kicks off with three of genre’s giants

Segerstrom jazz series kicks off with three of genre’s giants

Three of jazz’s most important contemporary players will kick off the 2017-18 jazz season Oct. 7 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Pianist Ramsey Lewis will bring his quintet to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which is considered a bigger and more acoustically sophisticated venue than Samueli Theater, where the Segerstrom Center usually hosts its jazz concerts.

Also performing on Oct. 7 will be Grammy Award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour and two-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Ernie Watts.

Ritenour and Watts will play together on a number of tunes; Lewis will stick with his accomplished quintet, with Henry Johnson on guitar,...

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