To close out the 2010/2011 Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series in Cheltenham, jazz vocalist Miss Justine
will be appearing at the Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA on May 4th with pianist Tom Lawton
, guitarist Gerald Twig Smith
and bassist Lee Smith
Miss Justine Keeys recorded two highly regarded CD's in the past decadeTasty
and The Many Moods of Miss Justine
on the Dreambox Media labeland she has been a must-see and must-hear vocalist on the Philadelphia jazz scene for many years. She has worked with the best: Shirley Scott
, Ray Charles
, Keter Betts
, Al Grey
, Butch Ballard
, Bootsie Barnes
, Don Patterson
, Billy Eckstine
, Kenny Barron
, McCoy Tyner
, Lionel Hampton
, Johnny Hartman
and her musical mentor for over fifteen years, the late pianist Gerald Price
. Her work with current accompanist Tom Lawton (who will be joining her on this concert) was acclaimed by Jazz Review
, Tom Lawton's piano expertly follows Keeys as she takes her time in interpreting the song with the familiar sense of lushness and leisure and her own sense of knowing. . . Indeed, Keeys' voice is one of the classic song stylist, full of wisdom that seeps through the words as she in effect seems to share details about her life, rather than just running through lyrics." The Philadelphia Inquirer
said, Miss Justine treats great songs with velvet gloves, dispenses a little love advice, and handles ditties by writers from Jerome Kern to Stevie Wonder in a regal way...fine singing." Cadence Magazine
lauded her: Miss Justine has...elements of Ella Fitzgerald's swing and Sarah Vaughan's melismatic sweep and Billie Holiday's emotional edge...She digs in, coloring each line with just the right vibrato, turning each phrase with the right mix of care and daring...Miss Justine on her own does this legacy proud."
One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337
As is tradition, there will be a potluck buffet to celebrate another wonderful season of music and memories. Audience members are encouraged to bring a dish, but if you can't cook, just bring yourself!
The Cheltenham Neighborhood Concert series is partially supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
This Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Jazz Bridge, a 501c3 nonprofit that assists local jazz and blues musicians in crisis.