Vocalist Janet Stevenson will present a house concert, "Portrait of Carmen - A Tribute to Carmen
Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. The event, at the home of Janet Stevenson and David Swan, is
sponsored by the Dunwoody Jazz Society and admission is by a voluntary donation to the jazz society in any amount.
Pianist Jez Graham will accompany Janet on piano and Johnny Knapp will
talk about his experiences playing with Carmen McRae..
Carmen McRae's behind-the-beat phrasing, ironic interpretations of song lyrics, and impeccable musicianship
made her one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. The program will include both music
and anecdotes about Carmen's life. Janet will sing a number of rarely-heard songs that were recorded by Carmen on
several different albums.
Janet has been singing jazz professionally for over 20 years. Her most recent CD is Believe in Spring. A track from the CD, Just in Time, was chosen as a “Download Of The Day”, on
AllAboutJazz.com, where it has been downloaded more than 1600 times to date.. In addition to leading her own jazz quartet, she has performed with many notable jazz musicians, including
Cleveland Eaton, who first “discovered” her in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Eaton is the former bassist with the
Count Basie Orchestra and the Ramsey Lewis Trio and has also accompanied
Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and many other notable jazz vocalists. For more info about Janet, go to
Jez Graham is an outstanding Atlanta musician, well-known for his work with blues singer
Francine Reed. For more about Jez go to jezgraham.com
Johnny Knapp is a versatile pianist, arranger and conductor who has worked with Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, Tal Farlow, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers, Mary Martin and many others. After working for decades in New York and Los Angeles, he now lives in Lawrenceville GA. Here's
a video of Johnny Knapp talking about the blues.
If you live anywhere in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area and love jazz and blues, we invite you to join the Dunwoody Jazz Society.
Together we explore ways to enjoy jazz in intimate settings and get to know
fellow fans with at house
concerts and listening parties. Above are photos of some of the musicians
who have appeared at our house concerts and workshops.
We have produced a CD
featuring Atlanta musicians Janet Stevenson, Jez Graham, Kevin Bales, Robert Dickson and Marlon
track from the CD was chosen as the FREE MP3 of the Day on AllAboutJazz.com
and proceeds from purchase go to help fund our events. Please
go to Janet Stevenson's website to
hear samples and purchase the CD.
Jazz Society Meetup on Bigtent.com is for events that we are sponsored by other
promoters that we attend together as a group - "listening parties."
our podcast on
Blogtalkradio, is currently inactive, but archives of the show are still
available for listening. Our show featured both local and international jazz musicians
talking about their music and music from their CDs. Hear archived
shows using the link below or by searching the iTunes store using keyword "jazztones"
to download our podcasts.
Musicians and Clinicians: If you are interested
in performing at a house concert or being a clinician, please read our guidelines