NYE ’15 f/ Chelsey Green
DC’s legendary home of Jazz for 85 years
“Chelsey, I love your artistry. You’re wonderful. Simply wonderful!” – Stevie Wonder
“Chelsey Green aka @GreenViolinist is easily one of the five best artists in the entire #DMV region. Yeah, I mean that.” – Marcus J. Moore, OkayPlayer and Washington DC City Paper
“If the mention of “hip-hop” and “violin” in the same sentence gives you a bad Miri Ben-Ari flashback, just shake it off: Green’s mix of styles is seamless and lovely, not gimmicky.” – Sarah Godfrey, TBDArts (tbd.com)
Described as “passionate, electrifying, and innovative,” Billboard charting recording artists Chelsey Green and The Green Project tear down all stereotypes of the violin by fusing traditional classical technique into performances of Contemporary Jazz, R&B, Pop, Soul, Funk, Gospel and more.
Currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Maryland College Park, Ms. Green’s varied performance resume includes performances at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, Late Show with David Letterman, Theater at Madison Square Garden, Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, Essence Music Festival and more. Chelsey Green has shared the stage with international artists including Stevie Wonder, MC Lyte, Denyce Graves, J.Cole and Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots among others.
Her ensemble, The Green Project, recently released their highly anticipated second CD and first full length album, The Green Room, which debuted on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart at #22 and the iTunes Jazz Album Chart at #7 in the first week of its release!
For more information on Chelsey Green and The Green Project, visit www.chelseygreen.com today.
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DONVONTE MCCOY is one of today’s finest jazz trumpeter’s and composers. Donvonte has performed with many artists such as Curtis Fuller, Lionel Hampton, Jason Moran, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Steve Williams and Eric Wyatt to name a few. Donvonte leads his own ensemble, The Donvonte McCoy Quintet. His first recording as a leader, “3rd Floor” has been received with many great reviews. The Donvonte McCoy Quintet has been named “Best Small Jazz Ensemble” by Washington D.C. City Paper two years in a row. This year, the Washington D.C. City Paper named him best trumpeter as well!
“The future of vocal jazz innovation is safe in the voice of VINX” – Al Jarreau
“A powerful effortless tunesmith and a vocalist of uncommon subtlety and understanding.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
“His baritone voice swooping and soaring through melodies had me open mouthed, gaping in that telling combination of wonder and envy that great artists sometimes provoke” – STING
“VINX is the gift you give to someone you really care about” – Stevie Wonder
VINX is undoubtedly one of the most gifted improvisational vocalists performing today. With style that ranges from jazz to funk, bossa nova to blues and back again, audiences are hooked from the start. The combination of soaring vocals, intricate layered melodies and grooves, and that primal hand drum holding it all together makes VINX a stand out among world class vocalists. For the American Crooner Tour, VINX is joined by his trio that includes Scott Kinnison on drums, Scott Kiefner on upright bass and Andre Vasconcelos on guitar. Featuring some of his favorite standards that evoke the days when low toned baritones ruled the night, as well as original compositions that pay homage to the genre, the American Crooner Tour celebrates VINX’s first love…singing.
VINX has recorded and toured with some of the music industry’s greatest icons: Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, Branford Marsalis, Ernie Watts, Taj Mahal, Ricki Lee Jones, Darius Rucker, Vance Gilbert, Cassandra Wilson, Brenda Russell, Cher and numerous others. His songwriting credits are a long list ranging from Tom Jones and Will Downing to The Lion King and Sprite™. He currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music and Dreamsicle Arts & Entertainment Group is home to his production company and acclaimed workshop series.
The Young Lions f/ Quamon Fowler
QUAMON FOWLER has grown accustomed to hard work and multi-tasking as a traveling performer, composer and student. 2004 was a banner year! Quamon was married, finished with his Music degree from Southern, traveled to Dubai, recorded a new CD, The Vision, participated in more jazz programs and started his Master’s degree at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. While his wife worked on her Ph.D., he earned his Master’s Degree in Music Performance (of course). Momentum continued in 2005. He won the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition in Des Moines, IO. As a teaching assistant at Tech, he managed to juggle teaching small groups, jazz improv, and tour with Curtis Fuller & Marcus Belgrave, James Moody & Nathan Davis, and other artists nationally and internationally.
Quamon competed in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 2008 in which he was able to win 3rd.place.
Buster Williams & Larry Willis
Mr. Williams has recorded soundtracks for movies including Les Choix des Armes; McKenna’s Gold with Gregory Peck; David Lynch’s, Twin Peaks ” Fire Walk With Me”; Spike Lee’s, “Clockers” etc. Television commercials include, Coca-Cola; Old Spice; Tott’s Champagne; Prudential Insurance; Chemical Bank; Alpo Dog Food; HBO; Budweiser Beer; etc. TV shows include an appearance on the Johnny Carson ” Tonight Show’ with Errol Garner; the Jay Leno “Tonight Show” where he performed five of his original compositions with the Branford Marsalis Tonight Show Band. Other television shows include: Sesame Street with Joe Williams; A&E (Arts and Entertainment) with Bill Cosby; The Joan Rivers Show with Bill Cosby; The Andy Williams Show with Nancy Wilson; the Joey Bishop Show; the Grammy Awards with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Bobby McFerrin; the Mike Douglas Show; the Today Show; etc.
Awards include a Grammy in 1979; the Min-On Art Award; the SGI Glory Award the SGI Cultural Award; the RVC Corporation RCA Best Seller Award; NEA recipient; New York Fellowship Grant; 5 Stars from Downbeat magazine for the album “Crystal Reflections” listed in Who’s Who in Black America; and numerous proclamations.
He joined Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1972, recorded with Alphonse Mouzon in both 1972 and 1973, and did dates as a leader and freelance session musician. Willis also recorded with Ryo Kawasaki and Sonny Fortune in the late ’70s, and with David “Fathead” Newman and Carla Bley in the ’80s. Willis toured and recorded with Nat Adderley in the ’80s and joined Woody Shaw’s quintet in 1986. He’s done sessions as a leader for Groove Merchant, Steeplechase, Audioquest, Brunswick, and Mapleshade, among others, including Blue Fable andOffering on Highnote in 2007 and 2008, respectively. -Michael G. Nastos (AllMusic)
Artist in Residence
The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra
The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra – still the HOTTEST Big Band in the City, is a 17 piece powerhouse force cofounded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde, trumpeter Joe Herrera and club owner Omrao Brown.
The BCJO presents a variety of music from big band literature and features some of the District’s best musicians on Monday nights at the historic Bohemian Caverns. Music from Ellington, Basie, Strayhorn, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, Maria Schneider and originals by band members will embrace and challenge the tradition of big band repertoire.
The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra
Join us upstairs the Tap & Parlour @ Bohemian Caverns