Myself and Chanda Leigh have joined forces to put together a musical event that you don’t want to miss!!! For those of you that don’t know Chanda she is an amazing singer, pianist, and songwriter, and has been a very dear friend and mentor to me in the past four years that I have lived in Atlanta. We have spent a lot of time in the studio over the years writing and collaborating, and I have been very fortunate to have her support me on background vocals on my recent album “Him & I Gemini,” however after all this time this will be the FIRST show we have done together and I am so excited! We came up with the concept of the show late one night while having a conversation about all the women in jazz and the music industry in general who don’t get the recognition they deserve. We went on and on about the specific women who influenced our music until finally we thought, why not just do a show and pay tribute to them properly?!
So there you have it folks, we’ve put together a concert that will feature the music of Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, and Nina Simone. We will also feature some of Chanda’s original music as well as new music off of my recent album release, “Him & I Gemini.”
I am especially excited for this show because Trumpeter Farnell Newton from Portland Oregon will be in town and joining us in the musical madness. Farnell Newton is a musician, educator, composer, producer, father, mentor, and all around awesome human being. He just released an album titled “Class is Now in Session,” if you haven’t already heard of him or his project I highly recommend you check it out!
Jessie Davis Live Performance
Chanda Leigh Live Performance
When: Saturday, November 5, 2011 – 9:30pm & 11:30pm Shows
Where: Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe
660 Peachtree Street
What is the name of Jessie’s Debut CD Releae?
Entry Deadline: Friday, Nov. 4, 2011