Capital Jazz Fest, Sunday
George Benson, Anthony Hamilton, Chris Botti, Sheila E, "After All": A Capital Jazz Tribute to Al Jarreau, Loose Ends, Maysa, Tank, “Jazz Funk Soul” featuring Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb, & Everette Harp, Algebra Blessett, Kirk Whalum, Lindsey Webster, Marcus Miller, Cayman Kelly
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
Doors 10:00 AM / Show 12:00 PM
This event is all ages
Capital Jazz Fest, Sunday
Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of hot fun and cool jazz — The Capital Jazz Fest. This multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it's an event! It's a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won't see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area this summer.
In-between musical sets, enjoy fine art and crafts at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food court, plus artist workshops and meet & greets. And after the show, check out the late night after-parties.
There will be four ADA parking lots available for the Capital Jazz Fest, one near each entrance.
· ADA North (closest to MARKETPLACE/SOUL STAGE/TENT CITY) with marked ADA spaces in the parking garages and surface lots across the street from the North Entrance; 10462 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044. Vehicles should enter this site from Little Patuxent Parkway.
Please note all individuals seeking access to the following accessible parking locations should use the Broken Land Parkway/Hickory Ridge Road access to the site. The vehicles will then be directed to park in the appropriate ADA lot. These lots will be serviced by golf carts.
· ADA West Gate (closest to SOUL STAGE/MARKETPLACE/TENT CITY) for wheel chair accessible needs only located at coordinates 39.210668, -76.865844.
· ADA West Auxiliary (closest to SOUL STAGE/MARKETPLACE/TENT CITY) with spaces available in the lot closest to the West Entrance, off Broken Land Parkway near the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Hickory Ridge Road
· ADA South (closest to PAVILION STAGE) with spaces available in the main parking lot closest to South Entrance Road and past the entrance to the ADA East wheelchair lot.
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"George Benson is simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, but he is also an amazingly versatile musician, and that frustrates to no end critics who would paint him into a narrow bop box. He can play in just about any style -- from swing to bop to R&B to pop -- with supreme taste, a beautiful rounded tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing. His inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery -- and he can do dead-on impressions of both -- but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format. Yet Benson can also sing in a lush, soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, and it is his voice that has proved to be more marketable to the public than his guitar. Benson is the guitar-playing equivalent of Nat King Cole -- a fantastic pianist whose smooth way with a pop vocal eventually eclipsed his instrumental prowess in the marketplace -- but unlike Cole, Benson has been granted enough time after his fling with the pop charts to reaffirm his jazz guitar credentials, which he still does at his concerts.
Benson actually started out professionally as a singer, performing in nightclubs at eight, recording four sides for RCA's X label in 1954, forming a rock band at 17 while using a guitar that his stepfather made for him. Exposure to records by Christian, Montgomery, and Charlie Parker got him interested in jazz, and by 1962, the teenaged Benson was playing in Brother Jack McDuff's band. After forming his own group in 1965, Benson became another of talent scout John Hammond's major discoveries, recording two highly regarded albums of soul-jazz and hard bop for Columbia and turning up on several records by others, including Miles Davis' Miles in the Sky. He switched to Verve in 1967, and, shortly after the death of Montgomery in June 1968, producer Creed Taylor began recording Benson with larger ensembles on A&M (1968-1969) and big groups and all-star combos on CTI (1971-1976).
While the A&M and CTI albums certainly earned their keep and made Benson a guitar star in the jazz world, the mass market didn't catch on until he began to emphasize vocals after signing with Warner Bros. in 1976. His first album for Warner Bros., Breezin', became a Top Ten hit on the strength of its sole vocal track, "This Masquerade," and this led to a string of hit albums in an R&B-flavored pop mode, culminating with the Quincy Jones-produced Give Me the Night. As the '80s wore on, though, Benson's albums became riddled with commercial formulas and inferior material, with his guitar almost entirely relegated to the background. Perhaps aware of the futility of chasing the charts (after all, "This Masquerade" was a lucky accident), Benson reversed his field late in the '80s to record a fine album of standards, Tenderly, and another with the Basie band, his guitar now featured more prominently. His pop-flavored work also improved noticeably in the '90s. Benson retains the ability to spring surprises on his fans and critics, like his dazzlingly idiomatic TV appearance and subsequent record date with Benny Goodman in 1975 in honor of John Hammond, and his awesome command of the moment at several Playboy Jazz Festivals in the '80s. His latter-day recordings include the 1998 effort Standing Together, 2000's Absolute Benson, 2001's All Blues, and 2004's Irreplaceable. Three songs from 2006's Givin' It Up, recorded with Al Jarreau, were nominated for Grammy Awards in separate categories.
Benson began to see numerous reissues of his catalog material from his years with producer Creed Taylor on Verve, A&M, and CTI, from 2008 on. In 2009, he signed to Concord and released Songs and Stories for the label, and followed it up with his first primarily instrumental album in 35 years entitled Guitar Man in 2011." - Richard S. Ginell, AllMusicGuide
Anthony Hamilton's voice just keeps getting better with time.
The Grammy Award winner's arresting voice—a favorite staple on the scene since 2003—recently provided the perfect accompaniment to Jill Scott's earthy vocals on the captivating duet "So in Love." Their dynamic pairing also set a record: 18 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Urban Adult Contemporary chart, tying with Maxwell for the most consecutive weeks atop the tally. The single, in turn, helped propel Scott's album, The Light of the Sun, to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Now on the heels of that smash hit, Hamilton is igniting even more buzz. It's for his new single "Woo," recently the No. 1 most added single at urban adult radio. The vibrant, Babyface-produced track is the first single from his fourth studio album, Back to Love. The December 13 release is the follow-up to his 2008 gold-certified, No. 1-debuting album, The Point of It All (So So Def/Zomba Label Group). The impending release marks his first album for the newly restructured RCA Records—and signals the eagerly anticipated next chapter in the multi-talented singer/songwriter's evolving career.
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop muisc and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.
Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.
Impressions, Botti's 2012 Columbia Records and Grammy winning release, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums – including When I Fall In Love (2004), To Love Again: The Duets (2005), Italia (2007), and the CD/DVD Chris Botti in Boston (2009) – that has firmly established him as a clarion voice in the American contemporary music scene. Playing with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, Botti is joined on the disc by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, and David Foster in a warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.
With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.
One day in Oakland, California, a precocious three-year-old called Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music. By five, she was onto conga drums, encouraged and influenced by her famed percussionist father Pete Escovedo, her godfather, the late great Latin legend Tito Puente, and the advice of her uncle singer Alejandro Escovedo. By ten, it was the violin; by 15, she'd been offered three musical scholarships. Sheila E. was already on the way to establishing herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world.
Before the age of 20, she was a top west coast session and touring musician, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye (on his final world tour), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others.
In 1978, when Sheila E. was performing in concert with her father, she was seen by an up-and-coming artist called Prince. After the show, he met her and vowed that one day she would join his band. The two would eventually join forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions. She provided vocals on Erotic City, the B-side to Prince's Let's Go Crazy hit, in 1984. Under his wing and often performing on his records and tours, she burst onto the pop and R&B scene as a hugely successful artist in her own right.
In 1984 she scored hits with The Glamorous Life (#7 on the Billboard Hot 100), The Belle of St. Mark (an NME 'Single of the Week' which then hit the UK top 20) and A Love Bizarre, a US #11 pop hit (and #2 R&B) which featured Prince on backing vocals. Sheila E. recorded three albums during the '80s, The Glamorous Life, Romance 1600 (both gold sellers in the US) and Sheila E, appeared in films such as Krush Groove (with Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and Blair Underwood in 1985), Prince's concert film, Sign "O" the Times in 1987 and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane .
During the Sign "O" the Times, Black Album, and Lovesexy periods of Prince's career (including the Lovesexy World Tour), Sheila E. served as his drummer and musical director in his backup band, dubbed The New Power Generation not long after her departure. That era also produced her single Koo Koo from her 3rd album Sheila E., which had Sign "O" the Times member Cat as a backup dancer in the accompanying video. Sheila served as a writer and musician on many of Prince's records, as well as on the albums of his Paisley Park protégés such as Madhouse.
After leaving the Prince organization in 1989, Sheila E. recorded the further albums, Sex Cymbal, Writes of Passage, and Heaven. Throughout the years, she has appeared at various live performances with Prince such as the BRIT awards in 2006 (alongside Wendy & Lisa, aka Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman) as well as the Coachella Music Festival in 2008.
Particularly proud moments during this period include her participation in the 1985 We Are The World session, Grammy, American Music Awards and MTV nominations, worldwide sold-out performances, and the memorable performance on the Oscars awards show with tenor virtuoso Placido Domingo.
Sheila E's TV engagements would include being a celebrity judge on Fox's "The Next Great American Band" in 2007-2008, and being chosen as the winner of "Gone Country 3" in 2009, on CMT. In recognition of drumming and percussion, Sheila designed the "ClassE" Custom Series for adults, and the "Sheila E's Player Series" for children, with the renowned Toca Percussions, distributed by Kaman Music.
In recent years, Sheila has served as drummer for Ringo Starr's All Star Band, been musical director for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles (on 2002's Work It Out), and Prince. Her producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased on the Latin Grammy Awards, Summer Olympics, WOW Awards, the ALMAs, The Image Awards and the 2012 Academy Awards.
In 2010, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Music Direction" in recognition for her leadership as musical director for President Obama's Performance at The White House: Fiesta Latina. Her recent projects, The E Family, Pete Escovedo Live at Stern Grove Festival with her father Pete Escovedo, and brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo, Sheila E Live from Lugano, Switzerland along with Silk Road from the Japanese group Heavenese, have been very well received and received widespread airplay and appreciation.
Despite Sheila's commitment to, and the demands of making music, she maintains a heavy involvement in charitable endeavours as a philanthropist, as co-founder and chair of the Elevate Hope Foundation; which focuses on the needs of victims of child abuse by promoting music and the arts as an alternative form of therapy.
As Sheila unveils Icon, her first new studio album since 2001, her packed schedule includes being CEO of her Entertainment Company StilettoFlats Inc., a biography to be published in 2014, ventures in TV production and content development, worldwide ministry, and motivational speaking. Sheila E. continues to inspire, and looks forward to all that the future has to offer.
The London based R&B outfit, Loose Ends, took America by storm in 1983 following the release of their first album A Little Spice and the #1 single "Hanging On A String" (Contemplating). Soon to be followed by: "Slow Down" #1, "Watching You "#1, "You Can't Stop The Rain" #3, " Mr. Bachelor"#3 The group was formed when Royal College of Music alumni, Steve Nichol (who had just finished a
world tour with the well-known British rock band The Jam) met singer/songwriter Jane Eugene at a South London party and happened to mention he was starting his own band. The two entered into collaboration, giving birth to their very first single, "In the Sky."
With the goal of landing a recording contract, they began to rehearse as a live band, which at one time included eleven members; one of them was Carl McIntosh. The chemistry between the three was instantaneous and they formed the group Loose Ends. Steve on keyboards, Jane on lead vocals, and Carl on bass and vocals.
Hanging out at his local record store, Steve met Mick Clark. Mick would be instrumental in helping to send the trio on their way to international success. Mick had just secured a position as A&R at Virgin Records UK and told Steve, "Bring me a demo."
Soon after, Loose Ends signed a three single, one-album deal with Virgin UK, becoming the first R&B act signed by the label. Knowing he had something special, Mick reached out to Philadelphia, USA. Mick engaged the much sought-after producer, Nick Martinelli to produce their first album. Steve, Jane and Carl were ecstatic. They were going to the motherland of soul music America! With the rich musical heritage of Philadelphia as the backdrop, A Little Spice was created and Loose Ends began their journey to No. 1 on the charts.
Today, one would describe Loose Ends as a group with worldwide appeal to multi- ethnic groups. LOOSE ENDS, The Pioneers of Euro-Soul.
"Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, jazz-soul singer/songwriter Maysa Leak embarked on a singing career at an early age. By the age of six, she had already determined that she was going to be a singer, and she spent her elementary and high-school days performing in choir and musical theater productions. Maysa majored in classical voice performance at Morgan State University; during her studies there she began writing and recording original material. She also placed second in Baltimore's first annual Billie Holiday Vocal Jazz Contest and auditioned for Stevie Wonder's vocal group Wonderlove. She was accepted into the group but joined only after she had earned her degree from Morgan State.
Upon graduating, Maysa moved to North Hollywood to perform with Wonderlove on the Jungle Fever soundtrack and appeared in live and televised performances to promote the film. To pay her rent, Maysa also recorded jingles on her days off from performing with Wonderlove and worked at local record shops. In 1991, she was recommended to the British funk-jazz group Incognito by producer Steve Harvey, a mutual friend of Maysa's and of the band's leader, Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick.
Maysa moved to London and joined the band in time to record the 1992 album Scribes, Tribes & Vibes, which included the hit single "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing." She also recorded the 1993 album Positivity with Incognito before returning to Baltimore in 1994 to record her first solo album, Maysa. "What About Our Love," the album's single, reached number 52 on Billboard's Hot 100. In 1997, Maysa returned to Incognito and recorded Beneath the Surface. During this time she began collaborating with the neo-blues group Grainger, and appeared on their album Phase 1; she also recorded with Rick Braun, Rachel Z, Rhythm Logic, and Pieces of a Dream. Incognito's No Time Like the Future followed in 1999. She recorded a number of albums beginning in the early 2000s, including All My Life (2000), Out of the Blue (2002), Smooth Sailing (2004), Sweet Classic Soul (2006), Feel the Fire (2007), Metamorphosis (2008), A Woman in Love (2010), and Motions of Love (2011). She contemporized standards as well as dozens of R&B hits spanning several decades." - Heather Phares, AllMusicGuide
Contemporary R&B singer Tank, whose moniker refers to his physique, recorded solo albums sporadically, beginning with his 2001 debut Force of Nature, and became increasingly busy behind the scenes as a songwriter, musician, and producer. Born Durrell Babbs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before later moving to the Washington, D.C., suburb of Clinton, Maryland, Tank became interested in music at an early age. As a youth, he was able to develop his singing ability at his local church, where his cousin was choir director. As a teenager, Tank became interested in sports as well as music, and he considered playing college football.
Ultimately, he stuck with music and landed an opportunity to sing background vocals for Ginuwine. Further opportunities presented themselves, most notably with Dave Hollister, whose album Chicago '85... The Movie (2000) includes several songs credited to Tank. A recording contract with Blackground Records followed, subsequently resulting in Tank's solo debut, Force of Nature (2001), which spawned a pair of singles ("Maybe I Deserve," "Slowly") and topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (number seven overall). A second solo album, One Man (2002), followed shortly thereafter and was nearly as successful as its predecessor, spawning another pair of singles ("One Man," "Let Me Live") and breaking into the Top Five of the R&B album chart (number 20 overall).
For several years, he busied himself as a songwriter, musician, and producer. His credits over this time period included songs on Aaliyah (Aaliyah, 2001), Things in the Game Done Changed (Dave Hollister, 2002), I Care 4 U (Aaliyah, 2002), U-Turn (Brian McKnight, 2003), Real Talk (Dave Hollister, 2003), Stronger Everyday (Jon B, 2004), Free Yourself (Fantasia Barrino, 2004), O (Omarion, 2005), Naked (Marques Houston, 2005), Charlie, Last Name Wilson (Charlie Wilson, 2005), Unpredictable (Jamie Foxx, 2005), Journey of a Gemini (Donell Jones, 2006), The Return (Ruben Studdard, 2006), Alter Ego (Tyrese, 2006), The Makings of Me (Monica, 2007), Veteran (Marques Houston, 2007), Ain't Nothin' Like Me (Joe, 2007), and Ms. Kelly (Kelly Rowland, 2007). His third album, Sex, Love & Pain, issued in 2007, was subsequently nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Album. It's "Please Don't Go" was nominated for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.
In late 2009, he switched labels from Blackground to Atlantic -- the same year he appeared on Chris Brown's Grammy-nominated "Take My Time." His first effort for Atlantic, 2010's Now or Never, included the hit single "Sex Music" and featured Brown on the equally carnal "Foreplay." The singers reunited in 2012 on the single "Lonely," a track that landed on Tank's 2012 album, This Is How I Feel. Along with Tyrese and Ginuwine, Tank formed TGT, who released an album, Three Kings, which debuted at number three in 2013. He quickly resumed solo activity with Stronger, his sixth album, the following year.
Algebra Blessett, an Atlanta native, began her career by playing club dates before releasing "Purpose," in 2008, which included the single "Run and Hide." The album held steady on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums Charts for 14 weeks. She has collaborated with India.Arie and Esperanza Spalding, winning Grammys for both collaborations, and was featured on Anthony David's #1 R&B Adult Cotemporary Chart hit, "4evermore." Her
current album, "Recovery," was released January 28th, 2014 through eOne/Purpose Music Group. The first single, "Nobody But You" a feel good mid-tempo ballad which celebrates the joys of being a one-man woman, broke top 20 on the Urban AC radio chart.
Soulful, passionate, stirring...these are the words most often used to describe Kirk's music.
Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music's highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song ("It's What I Do"-featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters.
From the first note, Lindsey Webster captivates listeners. Her rich, soulful voice enchants a dedicated following who connect with the raw emotion she shares with them. As a Soul R&B artist, she combines an admirable natural talent with a genuine, accessible stage presence.
Webster considers herself "very, very lucky" to have grown up in Woodstock, NY. With a heavy emphasis on arts and music, her grade school had a progressive music program where Lindsey cultivated a deep love of music by learning the cello. After playing for 10 years, often in first chair, she moved to NYC to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia School for the Music, Art & Performing Arts. As she grew musically, she transitioned from strings to voice where she heard her calling and found herself.
In 2009, Lindsey met her partner, Keith Slattery, and started performing professionally. Together, with a band of worldclass musicians, they've performed over 600 shows in venues including Bearsville Theater, Levon Helm Studios, Daryl's House, Helsinki Hudson, The Falcon, The Bitter End, and Rockwood Music Hall.
The success of her first album and winning "Best Acoustic Song" in the Independent Music Awards caught the eye of Atlanta Records, whom she signed with to release her second album,You Change. Appropriately titled,You Change shows a real transition and beautiful growth for Webster as an artist. While humbled her voice has been compared to R&B royalty Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker, Lindsey looks to bring her distinct style to Soul R&B and continue to make music that resonates with her fans.
"Primarily a bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Marcus Miller has worked on hundreds of sessions -- crossing jazz, R&B, and rock -- and has released several solo recordings since his late '70s beginnings with Bobbi Humphrey and Lonnie Liston Smith. Despite the many hats he has worn -- improviser, interpreter, arranger, songwriter, film-music composer, bassist, clarinetist, saxophonist -- none of them have been put on for the sake of the whim. Never one to merely get his feet wet, Miller has been a utility player in the most extreme and prolific sense.
Miller was a fixture as a performer in New York's jazz clubs before he was old enough to drive. Born in Brooklyn on June 14, 1959, and raised in nearby Jamaica, he knew how to play several instruments with ease by the time he entered his teenage years. His father, who directed a choir and played organ, had a profound impact upon his musical upbringing. Once he broke in with Humphrey and Smith, he gained steady work with the likes of Dave Grusin, Earl Klugh, Grover Washington, Jr., Chaka Khan, and Bob James. During 1981 and 1982, the in-demand musician went on the road with longtime personal hero Miles Davis and would end up working with him on several albums -- including Tutu and Music from Siesta -- after that.
Throughout the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, Miller scattered several of his own albums throughout the constant pull of production and session work. His solo recordings were almost as diverse as his outside work; hybrids of smooth R&B, funk, and jazz peppered the majority of the albums, while 1993's The Sun Don't Lie and the following year's Tales (both issued through PRA) also incorporated sampling technology. 2001's M2 won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. 2003's The Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg, released on Telarc, displayed his range as well as anything else bearing his handiwork; the live set incorporated originals, improvisation, and covers that ranged from material originally recorded by Talking Heads, the Stylistics, and John Coltrane. Silver Rain followed in 2005." - Andy Kellman, AllMusicGuide
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