The newly renamed and refurbished The West End
will kick off a monthly ‘Bluesy Brunch’ series on Sunday, March 23rd from 3:30- 5:30 starring the critically acclaimed blues and jazz vocalist Eileen Howard
and her rockin’ band.
Located at 955 West End Avenue (107th & Broadway), The West End was formerly The Underground Lounge. For this kickoff event, and for the first four months of shows, there is no cover charge and just a $15 food and drink minimum. The West End has a newly expanded menu and special “brunch” features all day on Saturday and Sunday.Performance dates:
- Sunday, March 23, 3:30 – 5:30
- Sunday April 20, 3:30 - 5:30
- Saturday, May 31st 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Sunday June 22nd 3:30 – 5:30
The show features Daniel Bennett
on woodwinds and keys, Ron Jackson
on guitar, Eddy Khaimovich on bass and Darrell Smith on drums, playing blues, jazz, original compositions and a little bit 'o funk.
“Eileen’s shows are more than just fantastically good music”, said West End owner, John Forslund, “They are funny, heartwarming journeys filled with comic touches and personal connections. I think people are going to love these blues shows and keep coming back for more.”
L.A. Jazz Scene called Howard a singer well worth discovering.
The Blues Music Blog said: She harnesses the genre as one of those rare entertainers with the sensitivity and witty flair to deeply evoke the human sensibility.
Deejay Fritz 'The Night Owl' called her One of the most creative and swingin’ singers ever to vocalize on the local jazz scene.
And music review blog, 'Wileys World' said, Eileen Howard sings like a Diva, vamps like a Rat- Pack veteran and generally entertains like few others can...
Her 20-year career as an actress and singer has been studded with awards for musical performance and acting.
Howard, a transplant from Columbus Ohio, is a recording artist and composer, who recently released a live recording of her sold out “Blues Cabaret” called BLUES IN THE GREEN ROOM, which has been praised by music reviewers. Previously, she released two critically acclaimed jazz CD’s, and an eclectic CD of spiritual tunes of her own composition. She has received airplay on a number of radio stations, as well as Internet stations and Pandora.Praise for Blues in the Green Room:
Making her case to be considered one of the great torch singers of her generation, Howard is in a league of her own here. Her interpretations of the American Songbook are nonpareil. The audience on the live recording is obviously receptive, and Howard’s backing band could walk onto any stage, anywhere and be allowed to play whatever they want. They’re that good. But Howard is one of a kind." —Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World
Blues aficionados are sure to love Blues In The Green Room, the latest release from seasoned performer Eileen Howard. Her vocal range is one of the most impressive aspects of the album. With her voice exuding passion and experience in a way that only a true musician’s is able to.... Howard has done these tracks, not to mention the blues genre as a whole, an incredible justice on this release. For a live album, the amount of subtle perfections and lack of both vocal and instrumental blemishes is quite impressive. Even if you’re not necessarily an avid blues or jazz listener, you’re going to find a place in your heart for Howard’s music." —Alec Cunningham, Good Vibes
This girl can sing the blues no doubt - imagine Bessie Smith digitally recorded with the rough edges slightly smoothed and you've got Eileen in the Green Room...Nothing will replace Peg's versions [of Black Coffee and Fever] but, if you'd heard these tracks first then maybe, just maybe the positions would be reversed." —Lance Liddle, BeBop Spoken Here
I am feeling like the coolest cat in school as I vibe along to Eileen Howard’s Blues In The Green Room. With her smooth, sultry voice and those finger snappin’ bluesy jazz grooves, I can’t help but fall in love with this one....Blues In The Green Room is all Eileen and her charisma, passion, and ability to connect with her listeners sets her apart from the pack." —Joshua Smotherman, Middle Tennessee Music
This isn’t so much down home as it is upbeat, an empowering set of blues from a singer with jazz chops. There’s a buoying effect throughout Eileen Howard’s Blues in the Green Room....Blues in the Green Room is, more often than not, that rare hope-filled blues recording, one presented with no small amount of can-do enthusiasm. It’s a contagious delight." —Nick DeRiso, Something Else! Reviews