The weekly Harlem brunch that has a reputation for fantastic food and top notch music, the Renaissance Jazz Brunch, features a month of singers: Tony Jefferson, Lainie Cooke, Whitney Marchelle, Nat Adderley Jr. (and a special Motown Revue), and Dennis Jeter.
For reservations: 866-317-1152.
TONY JEFFERSON AUGUST 3
As a drummer, Tony has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including Lonnie Smith, John Abercrombie, Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Eddie Harris, Don Friedman, Cyrus Chestnut, Freddy Cole, Hank Jones, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Annie Ross and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra.
After 20 years as a first class drummer on the jazz scene, Tony Jefferson, like the great Grady Tate, has segued into the world of singing.
Tony Jefferson, vocals Steve Ash, piano Paul Beaudry, bass
LAINIE COOKE AUGUST 10
...her unique brand of steel-lined warm-and enticing style ... suggests the musical astuteness of Sheila Jordan blended with the salty panache of Anita O'Day..."
Lainie’s unique style and voice contains no hype or attitude. She continues to thrill audiences old and new with the pure emoting and gravitas only true life experience can endow in an artist.
Lainie Cooke, vocals Peter Zak, piano Myron Walden, sax
WHITNEY MARCHELLE AUGUST 17
Whitney has recorded & performed with Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Steve Turre, Wayne Newton, Wycliffe Gordon, Patience Higgins, Bill Saxton, Frank Lacy, Freda Payne and Jeremy Pelt to name a few. She has also opened for Fat Head Newman, KISS, Bill Withers among others.
Whitney has performed locally at the Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, Minton’s Play House, the Cotton Club, and internationally at Dusit Dubai Hotel, Berklee Kobe Conservatory in Japan, Bill Bouquet in Paris and Harry's Bar in Singapore. Her festival performances include Atlanta Jazz Festival, Art Deco Festival with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Black Arts Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival, and many more.
Whitney Marchelle, vocals
Theo Hill, piano
Noah Jackson, bass
Joseph Palmer, drums
NAT ADDERLEY JR. TRIO AUGUST 24
Grammy nominated arranger and pianist Nat Adderley Jr, former Musical Director for Luther Vandross, comes from a famous jazz family (father Nat was trumpeter in a group led by his uncle Cannonball Adderley), so he’s returned to his roots and will sing too. His jazz renditions of standards and R&B classics are instant crowd-pleasers!
Nat Adderley Jr., piano
Celebrating the music of The Four Tops, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips and more… Join us as we celebrate the Music of Motown. You’ll dance and sing along for the entire show as we salute these iconic artists. The Revue takes place in California at the Hollywood Palladium where various Motown Stars are taping a television special, as the evening swings along musically the show’s hosts sojourns through each of the artist’s stellar careers.
This 75 minute spectacular features powerful voices that will set the theater on fire. Experience soulful, gifted singers such as Martinez Little, former lead singer of the legendary R&B group Blue Magic; Troy Murray, lead singer of The New Friendly Six Gospel group, and Priceless, just to name a few.
***To Reserve the Special Brunch Package ($49) call 866.317.1152
DENNIS JETER TRIO AUGUST 31
Dennis Jeter began playing the trumpet at the age of 16 after attending a Wynton Marsalis concert in Washington, DC. Mr. Jeter went on to be the recipient of the first Wynton Marsalis scholarship to study music at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina and a Yamaha Young Performing Artist. He has been presented at major jazz venues in the New York area including the Miles Davis Tribute in 1992 at St. John the Divine in which Mr. Jeter was a featured performer with the Max Roach Brass Quintet. As well as performing with his own Quintet, Dennis has performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra both as a vocalist as well as on the trumpet.
Chef Kenneth Collins (formerly of Ida Mae’s and Gospel Uptown in Harlem) prepares an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Omelettes & Waffles, Farm-Fresh Salads, and Lunch Entrees, Pastries and Coffee/Tea/Soft Drinks.
Seating at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm
Music sets at 12 pm & 2 pm
46 West 116th St. (Lenox & Fifth)
Brunch Price: $29.99 (includes All-You-Can –Eat Buffet, Jazz Performance & Beverage)