December 3, 2016
Two shows 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM
Martini Blu, 5060 W. FM 1960, Houston, TX 77069
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm in the Park Theater
& New Year’s Allstar Jam-Session on Dec 31, 2016 at midnight
Saxophonist Jeanette Harris was born and raised in Fresno, California. Both, her mother and her church organist father, were of deep spiritual faith and intense believers in the art of music, so Jeanette received their love of God and music genetically. “When I was 5, my father put a guitar in my hands. A year later, he switched me to piano – I didn’t like it. One day, my Mom was playing a cassette by Grover Washington, Jr. I was looking at the picture of his alto sax. It was beautiful and Grover made it look so hip. I felt it would be the perfect instrument for me.” Jeanette played saxophone from grade school and even before she graduated high school she became a member of the Fresno City College jazz band. She won numerous awards and accolades, which led to a scholarship to attend Berklee in Boston where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance. Three artists had a profound influence on her play, composing and performance: Richard Elliot (play), Stevie Wonder (composing) and Norman Brown (performance). But the most special person to come along in the course of her career thus far was Teena Marie, who hired her for her band unheard/unseen in a destiny-streaked leap of faith totally befitting Jeanette’s life and beliefs. “She was a blessing in my life. Teena taught me how to be a strong female leader. I will miss her always.” Jeanette has played major events from The Coombs River Bend Ranch Festival to festivals in Japan and London. She has performed as a side musician and opened shows for greats like Kirk Whalum, Najee, The Rippingtons, Babyface, Phil Perry and KEM.
Here you can order your exclusive hotel package and tickets:
Usher in the spirit of the holiday season with SOULFUL SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS featuring WILL DOWNING & NAJEE presented by ACT Jams Productions.
With a career that spans over 27 years and 18 albums, Will Downing is one of the most versatile and loved voices of our time. His repertoire consists of signature interpretations of R&B classics like “I Go Crazy,” “Wishing On A Star” and “I Try,” with original hits “A Million Ways,” “Sorry I” and the show-stopping duet with Rachelle Ferrell, “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This.” His distinctive baritone voice has resonated in the hearts of women world-wide and carved a unique niche in the music marketplace.
Two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince and Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart.
Following the concert, guests are invited to take to the dance floor in the orchestra lobby for an Old School Holiday Dance Party featuring everyone’s favorite R&B, funk, house and holiday classics spun by the evening’s host, Al “DJ ACT” Taylor from 94.3FM WYBC.
Friday, December 16, 2016 – 8:00 pm
Palace Theater, 100 E Main St, Waterbury, Connecticut 06702