GUEST EDUCATORS CONCERT SERIES

The RJS Guest Educators Concert Series

Richmond Jazz Society has joined the world-wide celebration of Virginia native Ella Fitzgerald and the 100th anniversary of her birth.  Born April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most popular singers in Jazz history.  This centennial celebration is sponsored by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

Our series will feature 4 vocalists (3 Virginia natives) who will pay tribute to “The First Lady of Song”!

Tuesday, April 11th – 7pm
Ms. Connie Parker

Connie Parker, Vocalist & Piano.  Virginia Jazz vocalist and pianist Connie Parker is affectionately known as “Lovely Lady C”.  Her appearances are eagerly awaited by her listeners who are mesmerized by her sounds that range from progressive Jazz, R&B, and pop to other varieties of music.  Connie plays to the crowd till they’re on their feet singing.  She has been delighting lovers of Jazz with her cognac-smooth crooning and unbeatable humor since her debut in 1975.

Connie has opened for such greats as Count Basie, Stanley Turrentine, Lou Rawls, Roy Ayers, Angela Bofill, Noel Pointer, Roberta Flack and Les McCann.  She has also teamed with fellow Virginian Tommy Newsom of the “Tonight Show”, Pieces of a Dream, Donald Byrd, Hank Crawford and Arthur Prysock.  In 1984, WRAP Radio Station awarded Connie the “Ella Fitzgerald Award for the Jazz Vocalist of the Year”.  A phrase currently being used in local advertisements clearly describes Lady C: “When Lady C Sings, its worth taking note”.

Mark your calendars with these remaining series dates:

Tuesday, May 9th – Ms. Veronica Swift (Palmyra, VA)

Tuesday, June 13th – Ms. Eve Cornelious (Newport News, VA)

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 Supported by:

 Richmond Piano
Capital Ale House
CultureWorks and the Arts & Cultural Funding Consortium
Hampton Inn & Suites Richmond Downtown

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PAST ARTISTS PRESENTED BY THE
RJS GUEST EDUCATORS’ CONCERT SERIES

MAR 2017 – NICOLE HENRY

DEC 2016 – CHARENEE WADE
NOV 2016 – JUSTIN KAUFLIN TRIO
OCT 2016 – JAE SINNETT QUARTET w/RALPH BOWEN

AUG 2016 – SHARON RAE NORTH
JUL 2016 – NORMAN CONNORS
JUN 2016 – AL STRONG BAND
MAY 2016 – KIA BENNETT
APR 2016 – ODEAN POPE

DEC 2015 – DENISE KING
NOV 2015 – CHARLES OWENS
OCT 2015 – LUCY KILPATRICK
OCT 2015 – THE LAWRENCE OLDS BAND
SEP 2015 – JANE BUNNETT & MAQUEQUE

MAY 2015 – WARREN WOLF & WOLFPACK
APR 2015 – STEVE WILSON & WILSONIAN’S GRAIN
MAR 2015 – DR. W. WELDON HILL

DEC 2014 – DESIREE ROOTS
OCT 2014 – DEBO DABNEY ON THE HAMMOND B-3
SEP 2014 – LYNNE ARRIALE & CARLA COOK

JUN 2014 – BOPNATION / L’TANYA MARI’ TRIO
MAY 2014 – RANDY JOHNSTON TRIO
APR 2014 – STEVE DAVIS QUINTET

DEC 2013 – EVE CORNELIOUS
NOV 2013 – RALPH PETERSON FO’TET
OCT 2013 – TRIBUTE TO JAZZ FUSION

JUN 2013 – BUSTER WILLIAMS QUARTET
MAY 2013 – JAMES “SAXSMO” GATES
APR 2013 – ERIC ALEXANDER / HAROLD MABERN

DEC 2012 – PLUNKY & THE UNIVERSAL ENSEMBLE
NOV 2012 – JASON JENKINS & 32 BAR RECORDS
OCT 2012 – VINX

MAY 2012 – THE DIVO’S
APR 2012 – STEVE WILSON
MAR 2012 – CONNIE PARKER

DEC 2011 – EVE CORNELIOUS & JEREMY PELT
NOV 2011 – SONNY FORTUNE
OCT 2011 – LONNIE LISTON SMITH
SEP 2011 – STEVE TURRE

JUN 2011 – JAMES “SAXSMO” GATES
MAY 2011 – WALLACE RONEY
APR 2011 – MARIE GOODMAN HUNTER
MAR 2011 – BUSTER WILLIAMS QUARTET
FEB 2011 – TRIBUTE TO DR. BILLY TAYLOR

DEC 2010 – TIA FULLER
NOV 2010 – RAS MEL
OCT 2010 – AFRO PERUVIAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
SEP 2010 – WINARD HARPER

JUL 2010 – RUDY FAULKNER
JUN 2010 – ROBERT JOSPE
MAY 2010 – RENE MARIE
APR 2010 – GRACE KELLY
MAR 2010 – AMINA FIGAROVA
FEB 2010 – STEPHANIE NAKASIAN
JAN 2010 – BUTTERBEAN JAZZ QUARTET

DEC 2009 – EVE CORNELIOUS
NOV 2009 – JAE SINNETT
OCT 2009 – AL FOSTER
SEP 2009 – MICHELE ROSEWOMAN
AUG 2009 – FREDDIE COLE
JUL 2009 – JAY HOGGARD
JUN 2009 – NAT REEVES
MAY 2009 – GYPSY ROOTS
APR 2009 – LARRY WILLIS
MAR 2009 – VCU JAZZ MASTERS
FEB 2009 – BAN CARIBE
JAN 2009 – TOM BROWNE