Posts Tagged ‘Church Street Jazz Series’

 

Blue Pyramid Productions is proud to have Gregg return to Norfolk in concert at The Attucks Theatre in celebration of the 5th season of the Church Street Jazz Series.

This event is cancelled by Gregg Karukas.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 08:00 PM

Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

 

The Perfect Christmas Gift! The First Big Concert of 2020! Get Tickets Here Now Before They’re All Gone.

Dubbed the “Steely Dan of smooth jazz” by All About Jazz and praised by JazzTimes Magazine for their “consistently winning contemporary jazz,” Pieces of A Dream has been churning out chart-topping hits for four consecutive decades. Even the iconic Count Basie declared Pieces of A Dream “A tough act to follow!” Hailing from The City of Brotherly Love, the celebrated band has joined the ranks of some of Philadelphia’s most revered music-makers including Grover Washington, Jr., Patti LaBelle, The Roots, Jill Scott, John Coltrane, and Stanley Clarke. Throughout their illustrious career, childhood friends, pianist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon, have managed to stay true to their mission. “I don’t feel the vision for Pieces has changed at all,” explains Lloyd. “It’s a very simple one, to spread peace through our gift of music.” Curtis Harmon adds, “The band has changed a lot from 1976 to now. I mean just think about it – when we started, we were only 3, now we’re 7!” Pieces of A Dream, whose name is inspired by Pittsburgh tenor titan Stanley Turrentine’s song “Pieces of Dreams,” remains one of the architects of contemporary jazz and has no plans of slowing down. “Our fans keep us alive and kicking,” declares Harmon.

On May 24, 2019, Shanachie Entertainment released On Another Note, Pieces of A Dream’s 24th recording. Pieces of A Dream has toured the world, sold over one million albums, and scored both Smooth Jazz and R&B radio hits along the way.

Not many groups manage to stay together for 42 years and amass a catalog of 24 recordings. The story of Pieces of A Dream is remarkable considering James Lloyd and Curtis Harmon were 16 and 18 respectively when they released their first recording in 1981. Not long after that they hit the road performing in Grover Washington Jr.’s rhythm section and opening for him as Pieces of A Dream. “Mr. Magic” himself took Lloyd and Harmon under his wing and signed the band as the first group with his brand-new production company. Danny Harmon, Curtis’ father and a jazz musician himself, became their manager and had the guys listening to the Modern Jazz Quartet, Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson as they developed their unique sound, blending their jazz roots with R&B, soul and funk. Pieces released three albums in quick succession, firmly establishing its place in the world of smooth jazz with the albums Pieces of a Dream (1981), We Are One (1982) and Imagine This (1983). Those albums include some of their biggest early hits, including “Warm Weather,” “Mount Airy Groove,” and “Fo Fi Fo.” Pieces of A Dream recorded their Shanachie debut, In the Moment, in 2013, followed by 2015’s All In and Just Funkin’ Around in 2017.

Blue Pyramid Productions is proud to have Pieces Of A Dream start  of the New Year and kick of the 2020 leg of this year’s celebration of the 5th season of the Church Street Jazz Series.

Get tickets here.

Saturday, January 11, 2020 – 8:00 PM

Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

The youngest of 13 children, Jonathan Butler grew up in Cape Town, South Africa with the country under the cloud of segregation and Apartheid rule. “I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music,” Butler said. “I can’t dismiss where I’ve been or where I’ve come from. I’m a proud South African and I came from nothing.”

Butler began his singing career at age seven, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year, at age 12. In 1975 Butler earned three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold), making history by being the first black artist on white South African radio.

A decade later, in 1987, Butler moved to London, England, where he signed with Jive Records and released his first international album. The self-titled set went gold in the UK and the USA and Butler received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song and Best Jazz Song that same year.

Butler’s 2004 album, “Surrender,” went gold in South Africa, where he remains a superstar. He launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation in his native country to fund music education programs that give children the purpose to overcome a life of drugs and poverty just as he did. His music and arts programs serving South African children ages 4-17 operate with the mission statement, “Purpose kills addiction.”

Butler’s music has purpose, providing comfort and inspiration. When he sings, he testifies to the glory and healing power of love. When he plays guitar, his fast fingers innately find notes of passion and divinity. Jonathan Butler’s recording career has carried him far, far beyond his wildest dreams.

Blue Pyramid Productions is proud to have guitarist Jonathan Butler headlining the 5th and final performance of the 4th season of the Church Street Jazz Series at The Harrison Opera House in Downtown Norfolk.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 8:00 PM

The Harrison Opera House, 160 West Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

 

Originally from Maryland, saxophonist Kim Waters currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is part owner of the Kim Waters Jazztones Café. Inspired early on in his career by such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr., and Cannonball Adderley, Waters was born into a musical family and picked up his first instrument, the violin, at the age of eight. “That didn’t go over well with the fellas,” says Waters, who later found his calling on the alto and soprano saxophones at 13.

Waters has made a career of writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. This formula has catapulted him to the top of the charts time and time again and prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare, “Waters is simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists.”

Instantly recognizable for his keen melodic sensibilities and soulful approach to his saxophone, The Washington Post has likened Waters to “A romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll.”

Indeed, Kim Waters has proven he knows a thing or two about romance, with hit titles like “Love’s Melody” (1998), “One Special Moment” (1999), “From The Heart” (2001), “Someone To Love You” (2002), “In the Name of Love” (2004), “All For Love” (2005), “You Are My Lady” (2007), “I Want You: Love in the Spirit of Marvin” (2008), “Love Stories” (2010) and “This Heart of Mine” (2011).

Blue Pyramid Productions is proud to have Saxophonist Kim Waters headlining the 3rd  performance in the 4th season of the Church Street Jazz Series at The Attucks Theatre in Downtown Norfolk.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 –  8:00 pm

Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

 

Hailing from Boulder, CO, keyboardist Lao Tizer’s career spans nine albums over nearly a quarter century. From the 2007 album “Diversify,” which showcased the multi-faceted, richly textured musicality of an already celebrated career, to 2009’s minimalist “Passages,” and the pulsating full band of 2012’s “Downbeat,” this ensemble of world-renowned musicians has no limits. Their latest, “Songs from the Swinghouse,” recorded live in just three days at Conway Studios in Hollywood, California, takes Tizer’s vision to a new level. The jazz and world-fusion group adds rock to its repertoire with a sizzling new collection of eleven songs.

Tizer’s regular collaborators, celebrated in their own right, include: Chieli Minucci, the three-time Emmy-winning and Grammy® Award-nominated guitarist and composer; Grammy® Award-winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal, who is a permanent member of the Chick CoreaElektric Band; longtime member and EWI/saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Steve Nieves; and violinist Karen Briggs, who has graced the stage with Yanni, Diana Ross, Wu-Tang Clan, Chaka Khan and more. Tizer also credits the powerhouse rhythm section (bass players include Grammy® Award-nominee Ric Fierabracci and Cheikh NDoye, Grammy® Award-nominated drummer Gene Coye, and percussionist Munyungo Jackson) with underpinning the dynamic force and arrangements for the project.

Ultimately, Lao Tizer eschews the formulaic. “I try and just stay true to my muse and to use every bit of my facility to create great music that hopefully has its own voice and continues to evolve as I continue to evolve as a person. It’s very reflective of me, it’s all I’ve done all my life.”

Blue Pyramid Productions is proud to have keyboardist Lao Tizer, guitarist Chieli Minucci, and violinist Karen Briggs headlining the 2nd performance in the 4th season of the Church Street Jazz Series at The Attucks Theatre in Downtown Norfolk.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 – 08:00 PM

Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

The Church Street Jazz Series features Julian Vaughn

Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 08:00 PM

Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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The Church Street Jazz Series features vocalist Lindsey Webster – Marcus Anderson opens the show.

Friday, March 03, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Attucks Theatre, 1010 Church St, Norfolk, Virginia 23510