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Hubb's Groove "Tribute to Angela Bofill & Phyllis Hyman"
$20.00
Saturday 1/19
8:30 pm
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Drum Master Robert Hubbard & his Group pay Tribute to Vocal Legends Angela Bofill and Phyllis Hyman.

Featuring Special Guest Vocalist Arielle Green from Youngstown, Ohio!

Hubb's Groove is a mIx of Soul, Jazz, R&B and a splash of Gospel.  It's a smooth but yet high energy band that believes whats played from the heart, reaches the heart. 

The band was founded In Arielle Green1996 by Robert Hubbard in Cleveland Ohio under the name "Moments Notice". In 2006 Robert changed the name to "Hubb'S Groove". The band has shared the stage with Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Earth Wind & Fire, Wayman Tisdale and Pieces of a Dream.

Hubb's Groove has performed with Angela Bofill, Marcus Johnson, Alex Bugnon, Mike Phillips and Sean Jones to name a few.  When the group is not on tour together, they are working with other artists such as Babyface, Toni Braxton, Gerald Albright and Pieces of a Dream.

Arielle T. Green is a native of Youngstown, OH and a 2016 graduate of Anderson University (Anderson, IN) with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Arielle has been fond of the arts from a young age as a member of Archangel  Dance Theater (Youngstown, OH) and eventually joining her school band.


Angela PhylisAngela Bofill performed with Ricardo Marrero and Dance Theater of Harlem chorus before being introduced to Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen of the jazz label GRP Records by Dave Valentin, her friend and jazz flutist. Grusin and Rosen signed Bofill and produced her first album, Angie, in 1978. Angie was well received and included the chart single "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and Bofill's sprawling jazz composition, "Under the Moon and Over the Sky".

Less than a year later, a second album, Angel of the Night was released and outperformed its predecessor. The album included the chart singles "What I Wouldn't Do (For the Love of You)" and the up tempo title track. The reception of these albums positioned Bofill as one of the first Latina singers to find success in the R&B and jazz markets.

Phyllis Hyman  was an American singer and actress. Hyman is best known for her music during the late 1970s through the early 1990s, some of her most notable songs were "You Know How to Love Me" (1979), "Living All Alone" (1986) and "Don't Wanna Change the World" (1991). 

In 1975 when Norman Connors was laying tracks for You Are My Starship (1976) he had heard about Phyllis Hyman. One night he went to see Hyman perform and offered her a spot as the female vocalist on his album. Once the title song got airplay on jazz radio, You Are My Starship went gold, catapulting Hyman's career. R&B radio jumped on board and Connors and Hyman scored on the R&B charts with a remake of The Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly Wow!".
 


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Herb Wilborn Quartet
$20.00
Sunday 1/20
7:00 pm
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Dynamic National Recording Artist & Flute Master plays material from his brand new CD in MLK Celebration on the Nighttown Stage!

Featuring: Herb Wilborn-flute, Ed Ridley-piano, Darin King-bass, & Gene Butler-drums.

Dynamic, expressive, soulful and passionate are words that best describe the unmistakable sound of flautist Herb Wilborn Jr.  Dubbed “Cleveland’s Finest Jazz Flautist” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and winner of the Midwest Urban Music Awards for “Best New Artist of any Category”, Herb has earned his stripes through hard work, dedication, discipline and his overall love for playing music.

Herb’s creative instincts and high level of musical expression is complimented by his polished stage presence.  Having performed in a variety of venues which have included large concert halls, music festivals, night clubs, cruise ships, country clubs, art centers and churches.  Herb has shared the stage with noted jazz artist as Ramsey Lewis, Ronnie Laws, Kim Waters, Najee, Noel Pointer, Roy Ayers, Kym Pensyl, Pamela Williams, Linn Roundtree and Joe McBride.

The flute has attained a magnetic almost mythological place in music history and Herb is certainly upholding that tradition in a very contemporary manner.  His warm and sure-handed sound is the direct result of his intense studies under flute master, Professor Joseph Juhos at the renowned Cleveland Institute of Music.  Thus, Herb has become not only well-grounded in the improvisational arts but adept at the European classical flute tradition as well.  As the Cleveland Plain Dealer continued, “Wilborn’s fine pure tone and all-around abilities indicates he’s a well-trained musician”.  Herbert Wilborn Jr. is destined to be among the hierarchy of committed musicians, dedicated to clarity, color and creativity.


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Randie Shane & Jonathan Hooper Trio "Night at the Oscars"
$10.00
Wednesday 1/23
7:00 pm
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Jazz and Cabaret from Exciting North Coast Vocalist featuring Music from the Great Hollywood Soundtracks!

Featuring: Randie Shane-vocals, Jonathan Hooper-piano, Dan Bruce-guitar, & Aidan Plank-acoustic bass.

Randie Shane has sung in Broadway tours like "Swing! The Musical" and on New York cabaret stages such as The Duplex and Metropolitan Room. This is her third appearance at Nighttown. Randie's voice is warm and versatile, and conveys deep emotion - a perfect match for a night that blends jazz and the movies.

Jonathan Hooper is a Cleveland native who has been playing piano for over twenty years, having begun classical study at age five. While attending college in Florida for graphic design, he taught himself the basics of jazz piano. His love of listening and his natural ear allowed him to develop proficiency in the language of jazz.

Jonathan performed for two years as a house pianist and vocalist at a piano bar in St. Augustine, Florida. More recently, he studied for two years via webcam with Dave Frank, one of New York City’s top jazz pianists and former student of the legendary Lennie Tristano.  Jonathan has appeared with various ensembles at Nighttown, BOP STOP, BLU Jazz+, and other Northeast Ohio venues. His piano-guitar-bass trio with Dan and Aidan performs every third Saturday at Hyde Park Steakhouse in Beachwood.

Dan Bruce is a recent transplant to Ohio after spending a decade as an important member of Chicago’s jazz community. He is active throughout the Midwest and nationally as a performer, recording artist, composer and educator. He has performed on more than twenty albums as a sideman, and just released, Earthshine, his second album as leader in late 2017. As a performer and recording artist, Bruce has had the opportunity to work with a number of eminent musicians including Seamus Blake, Ali Jackson, Dan Wall, Lynn Seaton, and The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.

Aidan Plank is a bassist living in Northern Ohio. He currently serves as bassist for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Jazzworks, Nous, and plays in a duo with the guitarist Daniel Lippel. Aidan’s own ensemble, Pulse, explores original compositions by its members as well as a diverse range of music composed by well-known and obscure jazz composers.

As an educator Aidan serves as the jazz bass instructor at Kent State University and at Cuyahoga County Community College’s “Jazz Prep Program”. Aidan has also served as a clinician and adjudicator at the Maplerock Jazz Festival (2016) at Ashland University and at the Lakeland Jazz Festival at Lakeland Jazz Festival (2018) at Lakeland Community College.

 


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Dominick Farinacci & Friends
$20.00
Thursday 1/24
8:00 pm
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Presented in Association with  Tri-C Jazz Festival. 
Tri-C Jazz Fest will Announce their 2019 Jazz Festival Lineup on this night!

Featuring: International Trumpet Star Dominick Farinacci & Several Special Guests from both NYC and Cleveland!
Featuring: Dominick Farinacci-trumpet, Patrick Bartley-alto sax, Taber Gable-piano, Graeham Guerin-bass, Robert Hubbard-drums, & more TBA.

Complete Show after Tri-C Lineup Announcement.

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has been recently credited the title Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further integrate jazz into communities around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005 launching his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, later releasing two more globally. He has performed in more than 120 cities in 14 countries around the world, was a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education & advocacy, “This kid is 360 degrees!”

His most recent recording “Short Stories” is produced by Tommy LiPuma. This is Tommy & Dominick’s first collaboration, and was recorded in their hometown of Cleveland at the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts.

In addition to touring around the world with his band, Dominick has been successful in his personal endeavors on bringing music into the community through Arts and Wellness & Education. He was invited by TED to be a TED Speaker at the 2014 TED MED conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


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Badi Assad
$20.00
Friday 1/25
8:30 pm
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From Brazil!  Dynamic and Exciting World Class Guitarist & Vocalist  plays Cleveland for the first time Live @ Nighttown!

With Special Guest opening Act Moises Borges

Brazil’s Badi Assad (Bah-gee Ah-sagh) is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented Artists of all times and is lauded as one of the world’s most unique and cross-transcendental performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic sounds from around the world. As a result, the extraordinary singer, guitarist, and percussionist is successfully forging an exhilarating genre of music that quite literally defies categorization.

What makes Badi Assad so unique is her hungry pursuit of performance experimentation that no other artist has done: She combines an extraordinary guitar talent, a unique mouth percussion, beautiful singing, combining a rhythmic body movement, to create an exciting, fresh music sound, and leaving spectators… simply… BREATHLESS. Indeed, watching Badi perform is like witnessing a spiritual phenomenon. How she does what she does all at once, and delivering an extraordinary performance, is quite unbelievable.

As a singer, Badi is vibrant and electric, responding to her inner passion with deft creativity. As a guitarist, she has inspired audiences and critics worldwide with a unique combination of technical mastery and innovation that has caused many to re-examine their notions about the instrument. Through it all, Badi’s adventurous spirit and buoyant personality have become an integral part of her music.

“Ms Assad takes the listener on a personal musical journey – diving deep in to fiery lusciousness….Assad’s astonishing guitar lines and voluptuous vocals abound throughout. Her Brazillian jazzy edges will have fans begging for more….”
- TJ Nelson, World Music Central 


“Badi Assad redefines solo (guitar) performance! Revelatory, a brilliant display of innovation, imagination, and skill…almost hypnotically compelling!”
- LOS ANGELES TIMES


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Benito Gonzalez International Trio (Tribute to McCoy Tyner)
$20.00
Saturday 1/26
8:30 pm
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From Venezuela!  Piano Master plays music from his new CD "Passion, Reverence, Transcendence, The Music of McCoy Tyner"

Featuring: Benito Gonzalez-piano (Venezuela), Peter Dominguez-acoustic bass (USA), & Francisco Mela-drums (Cuba).

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. 

Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Benito’s acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Circles’ (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain" Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser.

After almost seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. He has also shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre,Delfeayo Marsalis,Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton, Azar Lawrence, and Jackie McLean.

His multi-cultural talents have led to frequent recording dates, from American jazz masters such as Kenny Garrett and Azar Lawrence, to West African musicians and Latin bands. Benito has also served as musical director for several Venezuelan Recording Artists.

McCoyMcCoy Tyner started his career in 1960 as a member of the Jazztet led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer. Six months later, he joined the quartet of John Coltrane that included Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. He played on Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" for Atlantic. The band toured almost non-stop between 1961 and 1965, recording numerous albums for Impulse! Records.

McCoy also appeared as a sideman on many Blue Note albums of the 1960s, although he was often credited as "etc." on the cover of these albums to respect his contract with Impulse! Records.

After leaving Coltrane's group, Tyner produced a series of post-bop albums released by Blue Note from 1967 to 1970. These included The Real McCoy (1967), Tender Moments (1967), Time for Tyner (1968). 

During the 1980s and 1990s Tyner worked in a trio that included Avery Sharpe on bass and Louis Hayes, then Aaron Scott, on drums. He made solo albums for Blue Note, starting with Revelations (1988) and culminating in Soliloquy (1991). After signing with Telarc, he recorded with several trios that included Charnett Moffett on bass and Al Foster on drums. In 2008, he toured with a quartet of Gary Bartz, Gerald L. Cannon, and Eric Kamau Gravatt.
 


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Benito Gonzalez & Jackie Warren
$20.00
Sunday 1/27
7:00 pm
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International Summit Meeting with Two Latin Jazz Masters on Piano Live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Benito Gonzalez-piano (Venezuela), & Jackie Warren-piano (USA).

Born into a family of Venezuelan folk musicians, jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez has always had a deep-rooted appreciation for pastimes and traditions. Today, as a rising star of one of America’s finest musical traditions, Gonzalez has come to his current status by following in the footsteps of jazz’s ancestral forebears. The fusion of world rhythms and straight-ahead jazz makes this passionate performer an audience favorite all over the world. 

Benito Gonzalez is being recognized as an exciting pianist and composer for his well-received debut album ‘Starting Point’ (Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez, Rene McLean, Ron Blake) in addition to taking home first prize at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.

Benito’s acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Circles’ (Ron Blake, Myron Walden, Azar Lawrence, Christian McBride, Jeff “Tain" Watts), reveals a very personal body of work as he emerges as a leader and an accomplished improviser.

After almost seven years of touring with Kenny Garrett, Benito has added numerous festivals and international jazz club dates to his credit. He has also shared the stage with Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre,Delfeayo Marsalis,Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton, Azar Lawrence, and Jackie McLean.

A native of Colorado, pianist Jackie Warren originally came to Ohio to study classical piano at Oberlin Conservatory, where she graduated with a B.M. in performance. While at Oberlin, she also studied jazz arranging, composition, and theory with Wendell Logan, who became a mentor to her, and encouraged her to study jazz piano with Neal Creque and jazz improvisation with Kenny Davis.  Jackie received a M.M. from Cleveland State University in classical piano performance, and has been Cleveland favorite ever since.

Jackie performs regularly as a soloist, but has her own jazz trio, which includes bassist Peter Dominguez and drummer Ron Godale. She also arranges and plays salsa and Latin jazz with percussionist Sammy Deleon y Su Orquesta.  Jackie has performed locally and nationally with such artists and groups as David Fathead Newman, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Frank Morgan, Bobby Watson, Frank Foster, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Othello Molineaux, Donald Harrison, Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Impacto Nuevo, Humberto Ramirez, Tony Vega, Tito Rojas, Tito Puente, Jr., Hector Tricoche, Percy Sledge, King Solomon,  the Jazz Heritage Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the Afro Cleveland Orchestra.

Jackie is also an educator and clinician, and has taught jazz arranging and composition and coached jazz combos at Oberlin. She is currently on the Jazz Studies Faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus. She is also on the faculty at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.
 








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Diego Figueiredo & Camille Bertault
$25.00
Friday 2/01
8:30 pm
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Saturday 2/02
8:30 pm
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World Class Summit Meeting with Dynamic Brazilian Guitarist and French Vocalist Extraordinaire Live at Nighttown!

Back by Popular Demand!

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed and happy. Don't miss this opportunity to discover this incredible artist. 

Diego Figueiredo is an extraordinary fast rising star among the world's greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now. He has a very unique skills and his concert have been a great success in more than 50 countries around the world.

He has already released 23 CDS, 3 DVDs and a book and he has received awards twice at the “MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL” as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. Diego Figueiredo performs one amazing concert uniting technique and emotion in a fusion of Brazilian music and jazz.

?Diego Figueiredo is a brilliant musician who keeps the tradition of the true essence of Brazilian music and at the same time can be extremely virtuous , modern and innovative.

Camille Bertault

It’s true that she is a young woman of her time with a tangle of solid roots. Her father is an amateur jazz pianist and she has always sung with him on and off. But at the age of eight, she sat down at the piano and set about the whole conservatoire experience (Ravel, Debussy, Chopin, Scriabin) while developing a passion for the vocal stylists of Brazil (Elis Regina, Djavan, Cesar Camargo). And she also listened to Jeff Buckley, Björk, Fiona Apple, Léo Ferré, Barbara, Serge Gainsbourg…

When she was twenty, she rebelled. She shut her scores, moved to a drama class and wrote and played pieces for children. “I started to sing in a cabaret style, somewhere between a narrator and actor. But it was jazz that bewitched me.” By chance she ended up at the Paris Conservatory which gave her solid training in harmony, composition and jazz singing. Camille Bertault discovered the theory behind her spontaneous creations, combined improvisation and her cabaret joys, came back to Ravel via jazz – “the pleasure of combining all the stages I had passed through”.

The next stages were natural: she filmed herself singing Coltrane’s part on Giant Steps and the buzz ensued. Soon afterwards in 2016 her first album, En vie [Alive], emerged. Then François Zalacain, head of American label Sunnyside, introduced her to Michael Leonhart and Dan Tepfer. Michael, a trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist would produce her new album while Dan would accompany her on piano. “They’re both French-speaking and interested in the text,” enthuses Camille Bertault, who doesn’t want to make albums where the voice just serves as an instrument. She likes lyrics to hold the limelight.


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The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra
$50.00
Monday 2/04
6:00 pm
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One Night Only!

The Top Big Band in Jazz!  The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra are returning to the Nighttown Stage!!

Directed by Scotty Barnhart.  With Special Guest Vocalist Vanessa Rubin.

Playing music from their brand new Grammy Nominated CD "All About that Basie".
Voted Top Big Band in Downbeat's 2018 Readers Poll!

2015 marked the 80th Anniversary of The Count Basie Orchestra. William “Count Basie” (1904-1984) started his orchestra in Kansas City in 1935, and proceeded to develop and maintain one of the greatest jazz orchestras in music history. With Mr. Basie’s meticulous attention to detail, selecting the very best musicians, and making sure that every tune could be danced to, The Count Basie Orchestra soon became the favorite for everyone to listen and dance to with it’s irresistible Kansas City Swing beat.

Count Basie was able to get many of the greatest instrumentalists and vocalists in jazz to be a part of his orchestra, including Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Sweets Edison, Joe Jones, Joe Williams, Snooky Young, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, Frank Wess, and Clark Terry amongst others.

The orchestra has played many times for Kings, Queens, and other members of Royalty around the world. Appeared in movies, television shows, tv and radio commercials,  won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, and has 18 Grammy Awards, the most for any orchestra.

Today, under the leadership of it’s Director, Scotty Barnhart, The Count Basie Orchestra is traveling the world celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary and continuing the excellent standards in swinging and shouting the blues with precision, and continuing to be “The Most Explosive Force In Jazz”.


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Beppe Gambetta
$20.00
Tuesday 2/05
7:00 pm
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From Italy!  Master of Fingerstyle Guitar Beppe Gambetta returns to Nighttown!

Beppe Gambetta from Genoa, Italy is the leading flat picking guitarist of Europe. Through his superb recordings, frequent tours of Europe and America, and original research into early Italian traditional and popular music, Gambetta has established himself as a major world artist of the steel string guitar.....powerful, flashy, musical, unforgettable. In addition to his brilliant solo performances and recordings, Gambetta has collaborated with many great folk artists worldwide. They include David Grisman, Carlos Aonzo, Gene Parsons (from the Byrds), Glenn Moore (from Oregon), Danny Weiss, Norman Blake, Mike Marshall, and many others.
 
Gambetta  has played to a packed houses at Night Town on four occasions prior to this.  He last appeard at Nighttown in 2006.  Currently Beppe Gambetta is touring in support of his latest CD "Slade Stomp".  In addition to being a great guitarist, Beppe Gambetta has a quick wit and an evening spent with him is full of good humor and music. 
 
Don't miss the great Italian flat picker Beppe Gambetta live at Nighttown.


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Marcus Johnson
$25.00
Friday 2/08
8:30 pm
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Piano/Keyboard & Master Composer from Washington DC returns to Nighttown!  With Robert Hubbard & Hubb's Groove!

An independent Billboard-ranked musician and NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz keyboardist and pianist, Marcus Johnson is also the CEO and Founder of FLO Brands, LLC and more recently FLO Wine, LLC. He has combined an eminently successful musical career with his love of wine by marrying the two in a unique endeavor.  Over the last decade, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums.  On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month, and his music receives a 74% “thumbs ups” rating verses an average of 56%.  Johnson is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the “DIY” music world.  His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media and accolades across the music industry.

Marcus has performed at clubs throughout the United States and has been a featured performer at many jazz festivals, including his hometown Capitol Jazz Festival, the Bermuda Jazz Festival, Atlantic Artscape, the Latin Meets Jazz Festival and the Huntington Beach Jazz Festival.

Image Hubb's Groove is a mIx of Soul, Jazz, R&B and a splash of Gospel.

It's a smooth but yet high energy band that believes whats played from the heart, reaches the heart.

The band was founded In 1996 by Robert Hubbard in Cleveland Ohio under the name "Moments Notice". In 2006 Robert changed the name to "Hubb'S Groove". The band has shared the stage with Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Earth Wind & Fire, Wayman Tisdale and Pieces of a Dream.

Hubb's Groove has performed with Angela Bofill, Marcus Johnson, Alex Bugnon, Mike Phillips and Sean Jones to name a few.

When the group is not on tour together, they are working with other artists such as Babyface, Toni Braxton, Gerald Albright and Pieces of a Dream.


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Nellie McKay - Benefiting Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
$125.00
Saturday 2/09
7:30 pm
Tickets call (216) 961-8804 EXT 4960

Please Join Us
Saturday, February 9, 2019

FOR AN ENTERTAINING EVENING BENEFITING
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF GREATER OHIO
FEATURING ACCLAIMED SINGER, SONGWRITER AND ACTIVIST

Nellie McKay

“Funny and Touching, ceaselessly clever
and scarily talented” - The New Yorker

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Sister Orchid is Nellie’s seventh album, starting with Get Away From Me  (“a tour de force” – The New York Times), including Normal As Blueberry Pie:  A Tribute to Doris Day (“among the killer overhauls of American standards” – The New York Times) and My Weekly Reader, music of the ‘60s (“..kicks serious butt. The results are beautiful.” – PopMatters), her second collaboration with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.  

She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, and her music was used in Rumor Has It, Monster-in-Law, PS I Love You, Gasland, Last Holiday and Private Life. 

McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three acclaimed musical biographies.

Nellie’s music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF, and she has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View.  Nellie has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz.  

A recipient of PETA’s Humanitarian Award and the Humane Society’s Doris Day Music Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an annoyingly vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals.  She is currently part of the campaign to get horse-drawn carriages off the streets of New York City.  She would like to be friends with Russia, the country with the most nuclear weapons in the world.  We must all be very kind to one another.


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Rory Block
$20.00
Sunday 2/10
7:00 pm
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Legendary Guitarist, Vocalist, & Acoustic Blues Master hits the Nighttown Stage for Special Solo Show!

Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. 

Rory grew up in Manhattan a family with Bohemian leanings. Her father owned a Greenwich Village sandal shop, where musicians like Bob Dylan, Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian all made occasional appearances. 

During these years, her life was touched – and profoundly changed – by personal encounters with some of the earliest and most influential Delta blues masters of the 20th century. She made frequent visits to the Bronx, where she learned her first lessons in blues and gospel music from the Reverend Gary Davis. She swapped stories and guitar licks with seminal bluesman Son House, Robert Johnson’s mentor

She left home at 15 with her guitar and a few friends – heading for California on a trip marked by numerous detours and stops in small towns. Along the way, she picked her way through a vast catalog of country blues songs and took her first steps in developing a fingerpicking and slide guitar style that would eventually be her trademark.

Rory signed a record deal with the Boston-based Rounder label, which released her High Heeled Blues in 1981. Rolling Stone referred to the album as “some of the most singular and affecting country blues anyone – man or woman, black or white, old or young – has cut in recent years.”

Back in a groove that felt comfortable and fulfilling, Block threw herself headlong into an ambitious touring schedule that helped hone her technical and vocal skills to a razor’s edge, and at the same time nurture a distinctive voice as a songwriter. She stayed with Rounder for the next two decades, making records that simultaneously indulged her affinity for traditional country blues and served as a platform for her own formidable songwriting talents.

The world finally started taking notice in the early 1990s, and Block scored numerous awards throughout the decade. Her visibility overseas increased dramatically when Best Blues and Originals, fueled by the single “Lovin' Whiskey,” went gold in parts of Europe. She brought home Blues Music Awards four years in a row – two for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year, and two for Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year. Then in 1997, she won the Blues Music Award for The Lady and Mr. Johnson, a tribute to Robert Johnson, taking home Acoustic Album of the Year.

Today, after more than twenty highly acclaimed releases and five Blues Music Awards, Block is at the absolute height of her creative powers, bringing a world full of life lessons to bear on what she calls “a total celebration of my beloved instrument and best friend, the guitar.” 
 


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Jackie Warren Trio
$15.00
Tuesday 2/12
7:00 pm
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North Coast Pianist Extraordinaire and her Trio light up the Nighttown Stage for a Pre Valentine's Celebration!

Featuring: ?Jackie Warren-piano, Dave Morgan-acoustic bass, & Jim Rupp-drums.  

Jackie Warren is one of the most in demand and prolific jazz artists working in the Great Lakes region. On any given night she can be found playing solo, leading her trio, or she may be heard as the featured soloist and arranger for Sammy DeLeon's Salsa and Latin-Jazz ensemble.

Jackie is also a professor of music at Tri-C and has several private students. Jackie gets calls constantly from vocalists who want her to back them, and she is frequently called on to guest with national artists. In the past few years Jackie has performed with David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Watson, Jane Bunnett, and Gerald Wilson. Her arrangements can be heard on Sammy DeLeon's new CD, and recently she recorded a session in collaboration with the legendary producer Tommy LiPuma.

 


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Nellie McKay
$30.00
Wednesday 2/13
7:00 pm
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Thursday 2/14
8:00 pm
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Valentine's DaySpecial Valentine's Day Celebrations!

Singer Songwriter, Pianist, & Comedienne plays Music from her Brand New CD "Sister Orchid" & more! 

Live on the Nighttown Stage!

Sister Orchid is Nellie’s seventh album, starting with Get Away From Me  (“a tour de force” – The New York Times), including Normal As Blueberry Pie:  A Tribute to Doris Day (“among the killer overhauls of American standards” – The New York Times) and My Weekly Reader, music of the ‘60s (“..kicks serious butt. The results are beautiful.” – PopMatters), her second collaboration with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.  

She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, and her music was used in Rumor Has It, Monster-in-Law, PS I Love You, Gasland, Last Holiday and Private Life. 

McKay co-created and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and has written three acclaimed musical biographies.

Nellie’s music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, and SMILF, and she has appeared on TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Ferguson, and The View.  Nellie has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion, eTown, and Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz.  

A recipient of PETA’s Humanitarian Award and the Humane Society’s Doris Day Music Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an annoyingly vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals.  She is currently part of the campaign to get horse-drawn carriages off the streets of New York City.  She would like to be friends with Russia, the country with the most nuclear weapons in the world.  We must all be very kind to one another.

“Thanks to (McKay), the Great American Songbook has a living, breathing present as well as a glorious past” – Boston Globe 

“McKay comes on as a Harlem Holly Golightly, a social activist with a disarming mastery of pop vernacular.” – Los Angeles Times


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Sugar Mountain "The Ultimate Neil Young Tribute"
$20.00
Saturday 2/16
8:30 pm
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From New Jersey.  Top Flight 5 Piece Group from NJ Pays Tribute to Rock Legend Neil Young Live at Nighttown!

Sugar Mountain brings together an ensemble of veteran musicians from the New Jersey music scene who faithfully replicate the songs of one of our era’s most prolific and beloved singer/songwriters, Neil Young.

Neil Young’s career spans an amazing five plus decades, from the seminal country rock sounds of Buffalo Springfield and super group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to garage band Crazy Horse and countless genre bending solo releases, spanning everything from folk, country, electronic and hard rock to rockabilly.

Sugar Mountain brings to life the Neil Young concert experience, covering all of the best known songs, hits and deep cuts that are sure to thrill all, from the most ardent of fans to the casual Neil listener.


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Tim Lekan Quartet
$10.00
Sunday 2/17
7:00 pm
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North Coast Acoustic Bass Master leads Quartet at Nighttown!

Featuring: Tim Lekan-acoustic bass, Dan Maier-piano, Tom First-saxophone, & Donnie Patterson-drums.

The Tim Lekan Quartet, featuring Dan Maier - piano, Tom First - tenor saxophone, Donnie Patterson - drums, and Tim Lekan - acoustic bass, will make their debut performance at the Bop Stop on Wednesday, January 17. In addition to playing some of Tim's original compositions, this performance will include compositions by Chick Corea, Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, Frank Foster, Neil Young and the Beatles.

Bassist, composer and educator Tim Lekan began his musical journey touring the United States playing electric bass in R&B bands. His love of jazz (inspired by the recordings and compositions of Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Jim Hall, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Kenny Wheeler), and the bass playing of masters such as Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Red Mitchell, Charlie Haden, Sam Jones and Dave Holland, eventually led him to the acoustic bass.

Tim has had many influential teachers, including Dennis Irwin, Michael Moore, Andy McKee, and Martin Wind. In addition, he has studied composition with pianist/composer Ron Thomas.

A native of Cleveland, Tim lived and worked in New Jersey from June, 1986 through April, 2016. As a free-lance bassist he had the opportunity to work with and accompany many artists including Orrin Evans, Grant Stewart, Bob DeVos, Rick Germanson, Vic Juris, Joanna Pascale, Oscar Brown Jr., Paul Jost, Barry Miles, Rebecca Paris, Jim Ridl, Gina Roche, Natasha Roth, and Ron Thomas. During this time he was also a member of The George Mesterhazy Trio, The Antfarm Quartet and Trio Music (with drummer Bob Shomo and pianist Jim Ridl).

A love of composing combined with the knowledge gained from all these experiences served as a catalyst and inspired Tim to begin leading his own group. His ensembles have performed at numerous venues and festivals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Many of his original compositions can be heard on 2 self-produced CDs.

Tim was also a member of the South Jersey Jazz Society Board of Directors for several years, and he served as Artistic Director for 4 years. As an organizer and supporter of the local music scene in South Jersey, Tim created and organized many musical events over the last several years. He hosted a weekly jazz jam session each summer, a Monday Night Duo Concert Series, Young Musicians Night, and The Tuesday Night Jazz Series.
 








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Hubb's Groove Tribute to Aretha Franklin
$20.00
Friday 2/22
8:00 pm
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Drummer Robert Hubbard & Hubb's Groove pay Tribute to the Queen of Soul for Two Big Shows!

Featured Vocalists: Pat Harris, Stacey Crawford (Sarah's Girl), & more TBA.

Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. She found acclaim and commercial success after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled her past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul".

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history.

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Grammy Legend Award in 1991, then the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

Hubb's GrooveHubb's Groove is a mIx of Soul, Jazz, R&B and a splash of Gospel.

It's a smooth but yet high energy band that believes whats played from the heart, reaches the heart.

The band was founded In 1996 by Robert Hubbard in Cleveland Ohio under the name "Moments Notice". In 2006 Robert changed the name to "Hubb'S Groove". The band has shared the stage with Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Earth Wind & Fire, Wayman Tisdale and Pieces of a Dream.

Hubb's Groove has performed with Angela Bofill, Marcus Johnson, Alex Bugnon, Mike Phillips and Sean Jones to name a few.

When the group is not on tour together, they are working with other artists such as Babyface, Toni Braxton, Gerald Albright and Pieces of a Dream.


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Dominick Farinacci - "Spirit of the Groove"
$20.00
Sunday 2/24
7:00 pm
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International Trumpet Star with All-Star Next Generation Lineup for Special Show at Nighttown!

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has been recently credited the title Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further integrate jazz into communities around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005 launching his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, later releasing two more globally. He has performed in more than 120 cities in 14 countries around the world, was a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education & advocacy, “This kid is 360 degrees!”

His most recent recording “Short Stories” is produced by Tommy LiPuma. This is Tommy & Dominick’s first collaboration, and was recorded in their hometown of Cleveland at the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts.

In addition to touring around the world with his band, Dominick has been successful in his personal endeavors on bringing music into the community through Arts and Wellness & Education. He was invited by TED to be a TED Speaker at the 2014 TED MED conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


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Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Color-Full Cabaret
$10.00
Monday 2/25
7:00 pm
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Next Generation of Broadway Stars live at Nighttown!

Join students of the Baldwin Wallace University’s renowned Music Theatre Department for an evening featuring BWMT’s students of color. Members from the classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 will perform music from all genres as they present songs that are meaningful to them, and that speak to the joys and struggles of being a person of color in present-day America. Share in this opportunity to be unified by pride in our students and to celebrate all the richness and benefits we enjoy from being a diverse community.

From lead roles on Broadway and London’s West End to prime time television, film and more, students and alumni from Baldwin Wallace’s Music Theatre program have garnered top acclaim for more than 20 years and was most recently ranked as the number 1 Music Theatre program in the country by onstageblog.com! Program director Victoria Bussert continues to lead students to successful careers.


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Eric Everett Jazz Quintet featuring Charlene Smythe
$10.00
Wednesday 2/27
7:00 pm
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North Coast Drummer leads Exciting Group featuring Vocalist  Charlene Smythe from the Jerry Garcia Band and the Melvin Seals Band!

Featuring: Eric Everett-drums, Charlene Smythe-vocals, Paul Kelner-piano/keys, Brian Gaudino-guitar, & Jeff Slater-bass.

Eric Everett Jazz performs traditional jazz/latin standards with a contemporary approach. Repertoire ranges from American Songbook, including Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, to jazz/pop and R&B artists such as Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin & Bill Withers.

Since 2012, EEJ has built an extensive client list, including Guarino’s Restaurant, Speak of the Devil Cocktails, Playhouse Square, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Vault Lounge, The City Club, Rockefeller’s and The Culinary Institute, among others.

Charlene Smythe is an accomplished vocalist, returning to Cleveland from San Francisco where she toured with Melvin Seals and JGB. She was a frequent performer at Skip's in San Francisco and has backup vocal Motown recording experience. Upon arriving in Cleveland, Princess Ladia and King Solomon encouraged her to perform with prominent local blues and jazz musicians, including: Alan Greene, Ernie Krivda, Butch Armstrong Band and Reginald Redd.

 

Eric Everett, leader, has nearly four decades of drumming experience, studying privately at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory with Dr. George Kiteley, performing in Case Western Reserve University’s small group Jazz and Big Band ensembles. At CWRU, he participated in the Tri-C Jazz Fest and was also a member of two popular Cleveland 90's bands, Public Library and Five Minutes Fast. Eric has been a backing drummer for jazz vocalists, Leah Natale and Evelyn Wright. He is a contributing writer for Drum! and DrumHead Magazine and has interviewed numerous musicians, including Sheila E.

Brian Gaudino is the Director of Education for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society. Brian has taught guitar at levels from total beginners to undergraduate guitar majors. Brian was a faculty member at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he taught classical and jazz guitar. As a performer, Brian earned first place at the 2009 UL Lafayette Friends of Music Classical Guitar Competition and was the recipient of the Richard Neiheisel Phi Beta Kappa Endowed Graduate Award. He has performed in master classes with prominent guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Ana Vidovic, and Christopher Parkening.

Jeff Slater earned his bachelor's of music in music theory and french horn at Baldwin-Wallace University and did master's work in classical and jazz music theory at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Truman State University. Jeff plays both electric and upright bass and is well versed in all styles of jazz, R&B, rock, and world music.


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Grant Green Jr. featuring Mike Clark
$25.00
Thursday 2/28
8:00 pm
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Friday 3/01
8:30 pm
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Dynamic Soul Jazz Guitarist pays tribute to his legendary father Grant Green and explores the Evolution of Funk live at Nighttown!

Featuring: Grant Green Jr.-guitar & vocals, Mike Clark-drums, more players TBA.

Grant  Green Jr - As the son of legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green (1931-1979), Grant Green Jr. was exposed to exceptional musicianship right from the start. Growing up in Detroit, Grant enjoyed a constant parade of jazz greats streaming through his living room. His neighbors included Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, members of the Four Tops and the Temptations. Miles Davis was known to join impromptu jam sessions in their home. Grant Green Jr. has released music as part of the Godfathers Of Groove (w/Bernard Purdie), and is often seen as part of Col. Bruce Hampton's band, 

Mike Clark - Drum virtuoso and jazz musician Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers. His versatility led him to a two-year stint with Brand X, the British jazz/rock fusion band founded by Phil Collins. With them he recorded “Do They Hurt?” and “Product.” 

Mike is a co-leader with several other artists.  “The Wolff and Clark Expedition 2,” with pianist Michael Wolff, was considered one of Downbeat's Top 25 releases in 2016. Along with Delbert Bump, he released "Retro Report," an organ trio CD, in April 2018. He continues to tour with the Headhunters.

The Sacramento, CA native has recorded and toured with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Vince Guaraldi, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Albert King, Larry Coryell, Mike Wolff, Wallace Roney, Billy Childs, Jack Walrath, Jack Wilkins, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Potter, Bobby McFerrin, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., and the Gil Evans Orchestra.

Along with James Brown's drummers Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Stark, Mike's funk beats with The Headhunters (most notably "God Make Me Funky") include some of the most sampled in hip hop history.  

“He’s a great jazz drummer—and he hasn’t lost any of the stuff that he brought from Oakland. So now he’s totally free to do both, and he does. The solo he played on the album Thrust, on the song “Actual Proof,” is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums. So many people have remarked about that solo, saying, ‘Incredible.’” - Herbie Hancock

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Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci
$30.00
Saturday 3/02
7:00 pm
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Guitarist extraordinaire and Legendary Contemporary Jazz Group hit the stage at Nighttown!  Playing music from their new CD "Deep as the Night" & more.

Featuring: Chieli Minucci-guitar, Lao Tizer-keyboards, Jerry Brooks-bass, & Tony Lewis-drums.

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX, featuring Chieli Minucci. A major force on the jazz and world music scene for 35 years, Chieli has recorded and released 31 CDs. “Deep as the Night”, the title track from the band’s 2017-18 CD was recently named the number one smooth jazz song for 2018 by Billboard Magazine. The music of Special EFX has been described as “accessible yet slightly experimental music that combined…smooth jazz, rock, and various African and Latin rhythms”.
 
 Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lou Reed, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Michael Bolton, Eartha Kitt, Eddie Fisher, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others.  Although renowned in the jazz and pop world, Chieli is also a gifted television and film composer. He has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositional work. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, Panic, No Country For Old Men, and others. Chieli's original scoring work can be heard in live stage productions of Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and others.  


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