"Blues Meet Jazz" - Ricky Gordon Quartet ft. Brianna Thomas & Greg Lewis
Belleayre Music Festival
- Date: 09/02/2017
- Introduction: Brianna Thomas "may be the best young straight ahead jazz singer of her generation" - Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal.
BRIANNA THOMAS BLUES MEETS JAZZ- September 2nd @ 8PM
We are hearing a jazz vocalist maturing into her prime. While not even a teenager Brianna toured Europe with the Peoria Jazz All Stars under the direction of distinguished Jazz educator Mary Jo Papich. Since then, she has performed at the Montreux, North Sea, and Umbria Jazz Festivals. From Geneva, Switzerland to the Bahamas, and New Orleans to Washington DC, she has communicated the vocal complexities of Sarah Vaughn, the coyness of Nancy Wilson, and the scatting skills of the great Ella. All this is graced with a seasoning of sass.
Brianna has a warmth and connection with listeners that leaves them wishing for more. Her gospel is gentle and loving and her evocation of the woman singers of the 1920s is entrancing. As a composer, Brianna has been a member of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, an international artist-in-residence program that assembles a select group of jazz musicians to perform their original compositions at the Kennedy Center.
The pre-concert festivities on the Discovery Deck will begin 90 minutes before the show and concertgoers can enjoy live local music, dinner with and drinks. Dinner will consist of food from our one of a kind smoker. Our smoker measures over 9' long and 6' tall and was custom made by our on mountain staff.
OPENING ACT - WIOX Discovery Deck
Sept 2nd 6:30 p.m. Jaime Borelli
For more information about the concert series visit www.belleayremusic.org