Internationally-acclaimed jazz vocalist, Carmen Lundy will perform at the 42nd Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival this February.
The festival will also include a Big Band Spectacular featuring the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Case Western Reserve Big Band. Additionally, Columbus-based, saxophone sensation the Dan White Sextet will open the festival.
The weekend is also a highlight for the jazz education community in Northeast Ohio and features performances and adjudication of regional high school jazz ensembles.
All performances are held in Lakeland’s Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094 (I-90 and Rt. 306 exit). Free parking. For tickets and information, call 440-525-7134 or email email@example.com.
Lakeland's 42nd Annual Jazz Festival event schedule:
Friday, February 21
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. High School Performances & Adjudication Adjudicators: Paul Ferguson (Case Western Reserve University), Jim Rupp (The Ohio State University), Jack Schantz (The University of Akron), Demetrius Steinmetz (Cuyahoga Community College), and Don Turoso (recently retired public school teacher, 31 years).
8:00 p.m. Concert: Dan White Sextet
Featuring Theron Brown on Piano
Pre-Concert Performance at 7:15 p.m. by the CSU Jazz Combo under the direction of Bill Ransom
$12 general public; $7 students
The Dan White Sextet is a band that blends soul, jazz, rock, R&B, and hip-hop, in a style intended to create fresh, honest and feel good music.
The group began in 2010 when Dan White, Chris Ott and Jon Lampley met at The Ohio State University. The group quickly developed into a sextet band driven to write original compositions, and craft inventive interpretations of American pop music.
“DW6,” as they have come to be known, have garnered an eclectic musical background. White has received awards from Downbeat magazine for composition as well as solos. He also played saxophone in the Disneyland All-American College Band with Ott, who has earned accolades for his trombone playing and his arrangements for small instrumental and vocal ensembles. Lampley comes from the gospel-music tradition, and has recently gained experience playing trumpet on tour with the platinum-selling, rock band O.A.R.
Rather than trying to adhere to today’s constantly changing pop culture climate, the Dan White Sextet strives to define its own path: to create genuine, original music that is inspired by the voices of the past and the soundtrack of the present; the music for life in the next ten minutes as well as in ten years.
Theron Brown will be featured on piano. Brown is a recent graduate of The University of Akron jazz studies department and recently finished tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Saturday, February 22
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. High School Performances & Adjudication Adjudicators: Paul Ferguson (Case Western Reserve University), Jim Rupp (The Ohio State University), Jack Schantz (The University of Akron), Demetrius Steinmetz (Cuyahoga Community College), Don Turoso (recently retired public school teacher, 31 years)
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Vocal Clinic with Carmen Lundy Lundy will hold a free clinic to share her knowledge and expertise of jazz and singing with developing and professional musicians. Free and open to the public.
8:00 p.m. Headline Concert: Carmen Lundy Featuring an All-Star Line-Up with Patrice Rushen on piano, Ralph Peterson on drums, and Kenny Davis on bass
$25 general public; $10 students
Carmen Lundy began her professional career in Miami as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and aspiring jazz vocalists on the horizon. Over three decades later, she is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation.
Grammy Winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album of 2011, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project features Lundy's composition “Show Me A Sign,” with her original performance from the album “Solamente” reinvented on the arrangement.
The Grammy-nominated and highly-regarded 2012 release “Changes” (Afrasia Productions) is on several "Top 10 Albums of 2012" lists, and continues to garner both critical and popular acclaim. Juan Rodriguez of The Montreal Gazette said she is “a classic jazz singer–not retro, but the real deal–with an adventurous style and imposing voice. Always a rare treat.”
Lundy has had several top ten albums on JazzWeek (“Jazz and the New Songbook-Live at The Madrid,” “Come Home,” and “Changes”) and a #3 spot on Billboard’s Jazz Chart for 23 weeks with her debut album “Good Morning Kiss.”
Having recorded more than twelve albums as a leader, her far-reaching discography also includes performances and recordings with such musicians as brother and bassist Curtis Lundy, Ray Barretto, Kenny Barron, Bruce Hornsby, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kip Hanrahan, Courtney Pine, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Geri Allen, Robert Glasper, Patrice Rushen, and the late Kenny Kirkland.
On piano will be Patrice Rushen. Rushen has spent a lifetime honing the skills that make her one of the music industry’s most versatile and sought after artists. In 1998, she was honored by the music industry when her adult contemporary CD, “Signature,” received a Grammy nomination. The CD also received an NAACP Image Award nomination and also landed in the top ten of the adult contemporary jazz charts. The critically lauded, chart topping style she championed in the 70s and 80s, a jazz/R&B/pop fusion that combines melodic accessibility with instrumental prowess became her signature style and continues to be a mainstay of popular radio.
Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts.” She was the first woman to serve as musical director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as head composer/musical director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards, and the first woman musical director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years. Rushen has also been the only woman musical director/composer for the People’s Choice Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief. She was the only woman musical director/conductor/arranger for the CBS late-night television talk show, “The Midnight Hour.” In addition, Rushen was named the musical director/composer for Newsweek’s first American Achievement Awards, broadcast from the Kennedy Center and she served as the musical director for Janet Jackson’s World Tour, “janet.”
Rushen's feature film composing credits include “Men In Black,” “Waiting To Exhale,” Sandra Bernhardt's “Without You I'm Nothing,” and Robert Townsend's breakthrough film, “Hollywood Shuffle.”
Considered one of the world's top jazz pianists, Rushen has performed with, and produced for, such esteemed artists as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Lionel Hampton, Carlos Santana, Boys II Men, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Nancy Wilson, Michael Jackson, Dianne Reeves, Sheena Easton, Stanley Turentine, Joshua Redman, and many more. She has played at some of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals and events.
She has 14 solo albums to her credit and a greatest-hits anthology released on Rhino Records in 1997.
Sunday, February 23
5:00 p.m. Big Band Spectacular
Featuring the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dave Sterner and the Case Western Reserve Big Band under the direction of Paul Ferguson
Tickets $10, $7 students
The Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Dave Sterner and will feature a wide variety of songs from arrangers and composers Paul Ferguson, Bob Curnow, Les Sabina, Billy Eckstine, John Fedchock, Gregory Yasinitsk.
The Case Western Big Band is under the direction of Paul Ferguson and will feature music from composers & arrangers: Bill Dobbins, Thad Jones, Billy Strayhorn, and Oliver Nelson.
About the Lakeland Jazz Festival The 42nd Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, is a presentation of the Creative & Liberal Arts Division. The annual event was founded by Lakeland Professor Charles M. Frank (retired), who also served as the music department coordinator. Lakeland's Jazz Festival has remained true to its original mission of instilling the excitement and magic of jazz education to the younger generation of musicians. Over 25,000 middle and high school musicians from throughout the state have participated in the festival in celebration of this uniquely American art form, jazz. In addition, Lakeland promotes music education with its summer jazz camps every year. The camp concludes with evening concerts, which allow students performance experience in a collegiate setting.
Photo Caption: Carmen Lundy will perform February 22 at 8 p.m.