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LIVE AT GINNY'S: Brianna Thomas
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

LIVE AT GINNY'S: Brianna Thomas

DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:30 PM

$20

Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Brianna Thomas grew up surrounded by music. Ms.Thomas' father, Charlie Thomas, influenced her with his own unique talents as a vocalist and percussionist. At age six, she made her singing debut with her father's band, performing a duet rendition of the Jazz classic, "What a Wonderful World." Just shy of her teens Ms. Thomas was noticed by local Jazz musician John Hardesty.

Since graduating college in 2011, Ms. Thomas has performed with many jazz greats including Clark Terry, Wycliffe Gordon, Houston Person, Mulgrew Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Russell Malone, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Kurt Elling, Michael Feinstein and longtime hero Dianne Reeves. Ms.Thomas also continues to perform world-wide for venues such as Jazz At Lincoln Center, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny's Supper Club, Minton's, JALC Doha Qatar, The Apollo and the prestigious Montreaux, Umbria, Bern, and Sochi Jazz Festivals. Ms. Thomas was a 2014 musical ambassador touring South East Asia for the "American Music Abroad" program, as a guest vocalist with The Amigos Band - singing folk, bluegrass, gospel and jazz. She teaches with JALC's Jazz For Young People Program to educate students in New York City School’s about the importance of Jazz in American History and Today.

Ms. Thomas released her debut album You Must Believe in Love on Sound on Purpose records in 2014 featuring Ulysses Owens and Drums, Allyn Johnson on piano, and Yasushi Nakamura on bass, With special guests including Russell Malone (guitar), Marcus Printup (trumpet) Wycliff Gordon (trombone), Nick Grinder (Trombone), Tivon Pennicott (tenor sax) and Riza Printup (harp).

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LIVE AT GINNY'S: Damien Sneed Presents: "We Shall Overcome" a Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

LIVE AT GINNY'S: Damien Sneed Presents: "We Shall Overcome" a Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

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DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:30 PM

$20.00 - $25.00

Damien Sneed is a multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B, opera and musical theatre. He has already been featured in the New York Times multiple times for his work in various genres. A pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Ashford & Simpson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Eric Reed. He has served as music director for GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artists, including Kim Burrell, The Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Kierra Sheard. He also served as musical director for season four of Sunday Best, Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) hit award-winning gospel singing competition show. In May 2015, he was tapped by Tony Award winner, George Faison as the musical director and conductor for the CityParks Foundation’s Central Park’s Summer Stage production of The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance & Music. The production included Phylicia Rashad, André De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lillias White and Ebony Jo-Ann.

Sneed brings his many talents in multiple genres to his solo projects. His first live solo recording project, Introspections LIVE, takes the listener on a musical journey through his development as a performer, and includes classical, jazz and gospel music. The recording features performances by nearly 50 instrumentalists and vocalists from various genres of music. Introspections LIVE, which was recorded at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre in 2010, is a collection of musical reflections of the most memorable moments of his life—ones that have shaped his musical artistry.

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LIVE AT GINNY'S: Evan Sherman Big Band: Celebrating Dizzy
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

LIVE AT GINNY'S: Evan Sherman Big Band: Celebrating Dizzy

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DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:30 PM

$15 - $20

A 23 year-old drummer, bandleader, composer and arranger, Evan Sherman has played all over the world with the likes of James Moody, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, and Jon Batiste. He continues to tour with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars.

In 2014, Evan formed the Evan Sherman Entourage and 16-piece Big Band, which consists of up-and-coming creatives alongside a rotating cast of incredible veterans and guests. In addition to its residency at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola's late night dance parties, frequent appearances at the legendary Rainbow Room in New York's Rockefeller Center, and the Bowery Electric, the Entourage's upcoming performances for the summer and fall of 2016 include Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, Caramoor Jazz Festival (where they premiered an original piece of jazz theater, "A Story of Patience"), The Appel Room, and Ginny's Supper Club.

A native of New Jersey, Evan graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2015 and is based in New York City.

This performance at Ginny's Supper Club will feature legends Kuumba Frank Lacy, Ben Wolfe, as well the most exciting talents of today such as Bruce Harris, Coleman Hughes, Julian Lee and many more!

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LIVE AT GINNY'S: VUYO SOTASHE
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

LIVE AT GINNY'S: VUYO SOTASHE

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DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 7:30 PM

$15

Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music (Spring 2015) at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festivals's main stage in February of 2015.

Vuyo Sotashe has also performed on international stages which include singing at the Arcevia Jazz Fest and the Fermo Jazz Festival in Italy 2012; the Stockholm Jazz Festival with South African National Youth Jazz Band in Sweden 2012; at the Cape Town International Festival with George Benson and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra 2010; the Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival 2012; and he has toured with the SAMA Award (GRAMMY equivalent) winning band Proxy in the UK and Ireland 2009-2011. He has also performed with Multi-Grammy Award winning gospel artist, Israel Houghton as part of New Breed (Africa) Ensemble.

Sotashe is also the winner of the biggest music scholarship competition in South Africa, the South African Music Rights Foundation Scholarship, where he performed for the former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Vuyo Sotashe is currently performing around New York City with the praised drummer Winard Harper, who has performed with the likes of Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, and many other legends in jazz.

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