The Hopewell Bistro's Starlight Room is a great venue for listening to live jazz. On Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m., guitarist, Coleman Mellett and vocalist, Jeanie Bryson will perform. They will be joined by Ben Sewell on bass.
Jeanie Bryson, the daughter of legendary jazz great Dizzy Gillespie and gifted songwriter Connie Bryson brings enthusiasm, joy for performance and a strong sense of lyricism to the jazz idiom. It is her unerring sense of swing that most defines Jeanie's style. She is best known for her warm, velvety sound and impeccable phrasing. Having performed and traveled extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, Jeanie has received international acclaim. Fans and critics alike eagerly await Jeanie's newest project, The Dizzy Gillespie Songbook", a loving and fitting tribute that celebrates her father's life, his music, and above all, his legacy. Jeanie directs her attention to her father's music as only a daughter can - CON ALMA - with soul.
Coleman Mellett is a gifted jazz guitarist, educated at Duquesne and William Paterson University's and the Manhattan School Music. He has studied with Jazz greats Rufus Reid, Kenny Burrell, Norman Simmons, Steve Turre, and Harold Mabern. He has had the good fortune to work with musicians like Joe Williams, James Spaulding, Frank Wess, Doug Lawrence, Etta Jones, Christian McBride, and others. While performing on Manhattan Cable Television with organist Adam Scone and drum legend Ben Dixon, who is known internationally for the Blue Note recordings he made with Big" John Patton and Grant Green, he caught the eye of Chuck Mangione. Mellett was invited to audition for Mangione and was hired on the spot to be the substitute for Mangione's regular guitarist, Grant Giessman. Chuck invited Mellett to be a permanent member of the group, and since then Coleman has been touring the world with the Chuck Mangione Band.
There will be $15 minimum per person and community seating for parties less than six. There is no cover or music charge. For reservations, please call 609-466-9889.