NEW YEAR'S EVE JAZZ EXPLOSION
Sunday, December 31st, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Raheem DeVaughn (Headliner)
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Raheem DeVaughn’s story begins with music—his mother’s vinyl collection
to be exact. “I always loved music so I would sneak into her record collection when she wasn’t around and play her stuff,” says DeVaughn. Although his parents were not together, his father, noted jazz musician Abdul Wadud, was an influence as well. “Music was just always around me”, says DeVaughn. “I can remember at a very young age, standing in my mother’s living room, listening to music and saying to myself, ‘I’m going to be an entertainer.’ It was that simple for me. I think I just always knew.”
As an entertainer and singer songwriter, the incomparable Chrisette Michele uses her powerhouse vocals on the new Milestone record to leave her audience blown away while redefining what it means to be a diva. Her newest music, laced with leather and diamonds, celebrates the sensuality of women who still believe in love. This recently engaged romantic is ready to dance and turn up the volume on what it means to be an entertainer.
Lyfe Jennings is a platinum-selling American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, bass, and piano, which he integrates into his music. The New York Times referred to him as a "socially minded R&B singer" Lyfe has cemented that relationship with his live performances; ones that possess you with the spirit to share the lived-in truths learned first-hand from his relationships, betrayal and the streets.