Vocalist El Barak celebrates these two great composers and performers with his own spin on classic songs like "Superstition," "You Are The Sunshine of My Life," "Ooo Baby Baby," "The Tracks of My Tears," and more.
The Legacy of Irene Reid, the Original Blues Queen
Irene Reid was one of the most popular blues divas for over sixty years. Join Lisa Chavous as she performs "Your Mind Is On Vacation," "Ain't Doin' Too Bad," and more Reid classics.
The Music of Chaka Khan with a Soulful Twist
The distinctive voice of Suzanne Burgess will take you on a rhythm-filled journey in tribute to Chaka and her group, Rufus. This evening will resonate for years with everyone moving to "I Feel For You," "Tell Me Something Good," "Sweet Thing," and more.
Remembering Billie Holiday: Singing from the Heart
They called her "Lady Day," bringing a brand new vocal vocabulary to jazz. Mi'cal Beckam remembers the music of Billie Holiday with her rendering of "God Bless The Child," "All of Me," and the classic "Strange Fruit."
Music of Curtis Mayfield: Modern Day Troubadour
Vocalist Roy Richardson brings to life the music of Curtis Mayfield, an activist, poet, and griot who composed songs that made us think: "I'm So Proud," "This Is My Country," "People Get Ready," and many more. His music gave us the beats and rhythms of changing times, reminding us all to "Keep On Pushing."
Tunes of Bill Withers: Bringing The Sunshine
Bill Withers brought plenty of sunshine to music lovers everywhere, even with his "Ain't No Sunshine." The expressive vocals of Roy Richardson makes us feel the sunshine of Withers's popular tunes "Grandma's Hands," "Just The Two Of Us," "Lean on Me," and others.
Music of Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie--The Birth of Bebop
Saxophonist Larry Price and trumpeter Tony Smith celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month at Woodmere with the fast and furious music of Bebop. Hitting the jazz scene like a runaway train, Bebop's engineers Dizzy and "Bird"(Parker) changed the face of jazz music with "Now's The Time," "Cherokee," "A Night in Tunisia," and more.
Sarah Vaughan Tribute
Suzanne Burgess adds her own inimitable style to the remarkable voice and stage presence of Sarah Vaughan. Enjoy Burgess's captivating renditions of "Send in the Clowns," "Misty," and "Broken Hearted Melody" to name a few.
The Sounds of Stanley Turrentine / Shirley Scott
To close out our Jazz Appreciation Month programming, legendary saxophonist Sam Reed and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble bring to life two jazz giants. The husband and wife team married the sound of the sax and B-3 organ with renditions of "Blues in The Closet," "Sugar," and other dynamic jazz standards.