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Join us during our Women’s History Month celebration for an incredible weekend of some of OUR great women of jazz singing the songs of some THEIR favorite great women of jazz.
Accompanying them are Aaron Graves on piano, Lee Smith on bass, and Grant MacAvoy on drums.
Wendy Simon Sing Carmen McRae
Wendy Simon has been described as a “polished performer who stylishly and sensitively can sing her way around a ballad, as well as sing and swing with the best!” She started her career in New York City, appearing in Off-Broadway, as well as regional theatres as an actress/singer. She has performed in many clubs throughout Europe and Casablanca, Morocco and the East Coast – including “The Village Gate” in New York City, “Starlight Room” in Boston, “Harrah’s” in Atlantic City, and many clubs in the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan area.
With the release of their album, “Scrapple to the Apple” on Inner City Records, Wendy’s group, “52nd Street,” earned international recognition for their swinging, be-bop, scat-singing style. She establishes a strong connection with the audience and has been called, “an imaginative tune picker” because of her diverse mix of material including swinging be-bop songs, Brazilian bossas/sambas, and her own jazzy-spin on pop and standards.
Wendy is a member of AFTRA/SAG, and her voice can be heard on radio and tv commercials (i.e. “KYW News Radio” and “PA Lottery Holiday” jingle.) She’s been a featured vocalist in a variety of film, jazz, pop, and rock studio recordings.
The Brazilian group, “Minas,” asked Wendy to perform and conduct her jazz choral arrangement of the bossa nova song, “Triste,” for their new CD, Symphony in Bossa. The CD is being nominated for a Grammy in 2016.
Ella Ghant Sings Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Gahnt is vocalist in the jazz/traditional pop style who has performed with some of the most talented musicians in the quad-state area of Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. Together, they tell stories in songs written and made famous by the best songwriters and singers in the world.
She’s worked professionally as a studio vocalist/performer for many years in public and private venues around the area. Some of her most memorable performance sites include the Painted Bride for the CoreStates Corporate Night featuring the “Philly Divas of Jazz, Poetry, and Comedy” in Philadelphia, PA, as well as the fantastic “Just Us” Concert with Ms. Pearl Williams, the Philly Fall Festival of Jazz at WHYY-TV’s Forum Theatre, Haverford College in Haverford, PA, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, Annenberg’s Zellerbach Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, and The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts.
Ella Gahnt’s CD’s are currently in rotation on a few radio stations on the East Coast including WRTI-FM, as well as a few internet radio stations. Her first CD, “Immaculate Union,” and is a collaborative effort by The Dr. Jay Trio (pianist Dr. Jay Fluellen, bassist Micah Jones, and drummer Tony DeAngeles), husband, Leon Mitchell, and godson Kenny Thompson. The CD contains standards as well as originals by Leon Mitchell, Ella Gahnt, and several from Jay.
Her latest, “By Request,” was created from two live performances. The first part was recorded live in the Performance Hall at WRTI-FM Studios in Philadelphia. The rest of the CD was recorded live from a wonderful sell-out concert done at the Allens Lane Art Center in Philadelphia during April 2006. The rhythm section for both performances included a wonderful group of young musicians: Joshua Richman (piano), Matt Turowski (bass), and Ryan Vaughn (drums). Both CDs are on the Inner Fire Records and are available via CD Baby.
Gahnt believes that her job as a vocalist is to convey an interpretation of the songwriter’s story to the audience with as much emotion, clarity, beauty, and technique as possible. Her personal challenge is to control the balance between all of these things and enjoy the experience at the same time.
Jeannie Brooks Sings Sarah Vaughan
Jeannie Brooks has been a headliner at the Cape May Jazz Festival for many years. She has also been a top star in New York, Philadelphia, and Europe, and now you can add Grammy winner to her many accomplishments. No matter who she shares a stage with, Brooks holds the attention of everyone in the room.
Brooks treats her crowds to all sides of her musical personality. Whether it be jazz , gospel, funk, or R&B. Her voice is the kind that stays with you and haunts your dreams. Jeannie changes speed and style on a dime and her jazzy rhythm and blues treatment of any song delivered, is excitement beyond belief.
call for suggested dinner seating
showtime at 8:30 p.m.
$35 ticket / $20 food & beverage minimum