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Featured December Events

Monday, November 27th, 2023

Saturday, December 2nd: The Stith Bros

Get ready to be transported through the golden era of jazz as The Velvet Note jazz club proudly presents The Stith Bros on Saturday, December 2nd. Brothers Marc and Mike Stith, with a musical partnership dating back to 1989, have become synonymous with velvety-smooth baritone renditions that pay homage to the timeless classics of Jazz and The Great American Songbook.

Having graced stages in Jazz festivals, nightclubs, and private engagements across the globe, The Stith Bros are set to bring their unparalleled musicality to the intimate setting of The Velvet Note. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the brothers have cultivated a sound that transcends borders, taking audiences on a journey that spans from the heart of the South to the enchanting vibes of Montreal, Canada, and beyond.

What sets The Stith Bros apart is not just their seamless musical synergy, but their ability to breathe new life into some of the greatest compositions ever crafted in the realm of jazz. With velvety-smooth baritone treatments, they infuse each note with a depth of emotion and sophistication that captivates listeners and pays homage to the rich heritage of jazz.

As you step into The Velvet Note on December 2nd, be prepared for an evening that is both a celebration of musical mastery and a journey through the iconic sounds that have defined an era. The Stith Bros’ performance promises to be a soul-stirring experience, as they skillfully navigate the nuances of jazz standards and classic American tunes.

Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or someone looking to discover the magic of timeless melodies, The Stith Bros’ performance is a must-see event. Secure your tickets now for an evening of musical elegance, where the brothers’ velvety-smooth baritone and their reverence for the classics will transport you to a bygone era of sophistication and style. Don’t miss the chance to witness The Stith Bros live at The Velvet Note on December 2nd!

Saturday, December 9th: Grant Green Jr. Presents “Thank You Mr. Bacharach”

Embark on a musical journey that seamlessly weaves jazz virtuosity and timeless melodies as Grant Green Jr. takes center stage at The Velvet Note jazz club on Saturday, December 9th. The eldest son of the legendary jazz guitarist Grant Green, Gregory Green, professionally known as Grant Green Jr., presents “Thank You Mr. Bacharach” – a tribute to the iconic composer Burt Bacharach.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Grant Green Jr. has carved his own path in the world of jazz guitar, following in the footsteps of his esteemed father. With a career that spans decades and collaborations with luminaries like Bernard Purdie and Reuben Wilson in the group Masters of Groove, Green Jr. is a force to be reckoned with in the jazz scene.

“Thank You Mr. Bacharach,” released this summer, showcases Grant Green Jr.’s exceptional talent and innovative arrangements. The performance features six fresh interpretations of some of Burt Bacharach’s most popular compositions, infused with Green Jr.’s unique style. The setlist also includes a couple of off-the-beaten-path pieces, adding an extra layer of flair to the evening.

Burt Bacharach, an American composer, songwriter, record producer, and pianist, remains one of the most influential figures in 20th-century popular music. Grant Green Jr. pays homage to Bacharach’s legacy, reimagining his timeless tunes with a fresh and contemporary twist.

In a nod to his iconic father, Grant Green Jr. and his quartet will also grace the stage with selections made famous by the legendary Grant Green. The evening promises to be a celebration of musical heritage, where the past and present converge in a harmonious blend of jazz mastery.

Join us at The Velvet Note on December 9th for an unforgettable night of jazz excellence. Grant Green Jr.’s “Thank You Mr. Bacharach” is not just a performance; it’s a heartfelt tribute that invites you to experience the magic of two musical legacies intertwined. Secure your tickets now for an evening of soul-stirring melodies and virtuoso guitar performances that will leave you with a profound appreciation for the art of jazz.

Featured November Events

Monday, October 30th, 2023
Jody Mayfield

Sunday, November 12th: Jody Mayfield Performs and Teaches Trap Jazz

Get ready for a musical journey like no other as The Velvet Note jazz club proudly presents Jody Mayfield in an unforgettable evening of Trap Jazz on Sunday, November 12th. Hailing from the vibrant jazz scene of Atlanta, GA, Jody Mayfield is not just a highly-regarded jazz virtuoso but a true maestro of his craft.

Mayfield’s musical journey began at Morris Brown College, where he not only earned a B.A. in Music Performance but also delved deep into the realm of Music Technology, securing a Master’s degree from Southern Utah University. This unique blend of classical training and modern innovation sets the stage for a performance that transcends traditional jazz boundaries.

Jody Mayfield’s impressive resume is a testament to his standing in the world of jazz. Having shared the stage with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, James Lloyd, Frank Foster, and Grover Washington Jr., Mayfield’s performances are imbued with a rich history of jazz excellence. But that’s not all – he has opened for iconic artists like Sarah Vaughn, Dexter Gordon, and Lionel Hampton, showcasing his versatility and broad appeal.

What sets this show apart is Jody Mayfield’s innovative approach to jazz. Prepare to be mesmerized as he seamlessly blends the traditional with the contemporary, fusing the intricate melodies of jazz with the rhythmic beats of trap music. It’s a musical fusion that breaks boundaries and creates a sound that is uniquely his own.

But the evening doesn’t end with the performance. Jody Mayfield takes on the role of teacher, offering a rare opportunity for aspiring musicians and jazz enthusiasts to delve into the secrets of Trap Jazz. Whether you’re a seasoned jazz aficionado or a newcomer to the genre, this is a chance to gain insights from a master of the art.

Join us at The Velvet Note on Sunday, November 12th, for an evening of musical brilliance, where Jody Mayfield’s Trap Jazz promises to be a groundbreaking experience. Secure your tickets now for a night that transcends genres and celebrates the evolution of jazz in the capable hands of a true innovator.

Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th: Soulful Singer Vivian Sessoms

Vivian Sessoms

Prepare to be captivated by the soulful melodies and enchanting vocals of the incomparable Vivian Sessoms as she takes the stage at The Velvet Note jazz club on Friday, November 17th, and Saturday, November 18th. Heralded as a beacon of soul, jazz, and R&B, Sessoms brings a dynamic and emotionally charged performance that promises to resonate with music lovers of all tastes.

Vivian Sessoms, a true luminary in the world of music, has a career that spans genres and collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry. From jazz to R&B, Sessoms has left an indelible mark with her versatile voice and compelling stage presence. Her soulful renditions have garnered acclaim from both critics and audiences alike, establishing her as a force to be reckoned with in contemporary music.

As the daughter of renowned jazz and blues vocalist Nancy Wilson, Sessoms carries on the legacy of musical excellence with a style that is uniquely her own. Her performances are a journey through the depths of emotion, seamlessly blending the raw power of soul with the sophistication of jazz.

For two unforgettable nights, The Velvet Note will be transformed into a haven for music enthusiasts, where Vivian Sessoms will weave a tapestry of musical magic. Expect to be moved by her emotive storytelling and spellbinding vocals as she takes you on a sonic adventure that transcends time and genre.

Whether you’re a devoted fan or a newcomer to the world of Vivian Sessoms, these back-to-back performances offer a rare opportunity to witness a true artist at the peak of her craft. Secure your tickets now for an intimate and soul-stirring experience that only The Velvet Note can deliver.

Join us on Friday, November 17th, and Saturday, November 18th, for an enchanting weekend with Vivian Sessoms. Get ready to immerse yourself in the soulful sounds that have made her a standout figure in the world of contemporary jazz and R&B. This is an event not to be missed!

Featured October Events

Sunday, October 1st, 2023

Saturday, October 7th: Guitarist/Singer Niles Rivers

Get ready to embark on a musical journey that weaves together the rich tapestry of life stories, jazz, and soul as Niles Rivers takes center stage at the Velvet Note jazz club on Saturday, October 7th. Niles Rivers, a gifted guitarist, singer, and songwriter, has a story that begins in the heart of a Cleveland church, where his love for music was nurtured and blossomed.

A Musical Upbringing

Niles’ father, a pastor at the Cleveland church, introduced him and his older brother to the magic of jazz legends like Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and John Pattitucci at a tender age. It was these luminaries who ignited the flame of inspiration in young Niles, who would later call them his “celebrities.” But Niles’ musical education was not limited to listening alone.

Growing up as the youngest of five children, he, along with his brother, was handed musical instruments by their father, tasked with the daily ritual of practice before they could venture outside. The living room of their home became a stage, with friends pressed up against the windows, captivated by the youthful virtuosos performing within.

The Jazz Combo Years

During high school, Niles Rivers found his passion for jazz further nurtured as he played double bass in his school’s jazz combo. The ensemble’s members wrote their own original music, bringing a fresh and innovative sound to the classic genre. Their performances, including regular appearances at assemblies and competitions, revealed Niles’ remarkable talent to the world. It was during these formative years that he started to realize the power of music as a vessel for storytelling and a means to breathe life into the world.

A Journey into Songwriting and Production

After high school, Niles continued his musical odyssey, this time venturing into pop music production, drawing inspiration from a diverse array of artists spanning Prince, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, and more. It was Shawn Colvin’s poignant song, “Polaroids,” that left an indelible mark on Niles, revealing the potential for music to be a medium for storytelling and a source of life’s wisdom. This realization ignited his desire to create songs that resonate deeply, touching the hearts and souls of his audience.

Niles Rivers’ Mission: Jazz for the Generations

Today, Niles Rivers stands as a multi-talented artist, fusing the musicality of jazz with the modern sounds of his generation. His mission is clear: to share the gift of life stories through the harmonious melodies of jazz, inspiring and uplifting those who lend an ear to his soulful compositions. Niles Rivers is more than a musician; he’s a storyteller, a conduit for the human experience through the language of music.

Don’t miss this extraordinary evening at the Velvet Note jazz club on Saturday, October 7th. Join us for an unforgettable night of music, storytelling, and the magic that is Niles Rivers. Experience the fusion of jazz and soul, and let the harmonious melodies of life take you on a journey of inspiration and reflection. Book your tickets now for an evening that promises to be a symphony of emotions and soulful connections. Niles Rivers is ready to share his musical wisdom, and you won’t want to miss it!

Friday, October 20th: Simona Smirnova

Get ready for an unforgettable night of music that transcends boundaries as Simona Smirnova, the global ambassador for the Lithuanian folk zither (kanklės), graces the stage at The Velvet Note jazz club on Friday, October 20th. Simona, a charming performer, jazz vocalist, and composer, is no stranger to captivating audiences with her genre-bending style, and she’s bringing something truly special to the stage.

An Artist’s Journey from Lithuania to New York

Simona Smirnova, a Lithuanian-born artist and a proud graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, has not only made a name for herself in the vibrant New York live music scene but has also left her mark on stages around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Her journey from the picturesque landscapes of Lithuania to the bustling streets of New York City is a testament to her dedication and talent.

A Unique Blend of Tradition and Innovation

What sets Simona apart is her ability to blend the traditional sounds of Lithuanian kanklės with the rich harmonies of jazz. The result is a musical fusion that is as mesmerizing as it is original. Simona’s genre-bending style carries a unique theatrical flavor, and her uncanny vocal improvisation techniques are a true spectacle to witness. Her performance promises an exploration of musical territories that transcends the ordinary.

A Night of Debut: “Kanklės in New York”

But there’s more in store for the audience than just an electrifying live performance. Simona Smirnova is arriving at The Velvet Note with her newly released album, “Kanklės in New York,” which is also a sheet music book. This album represents a fusion of tradition and modernity, a celebration of Simona’s roots intertwined with her experiences in the bustling streets of the Big Apple.

Grammy Consideration

The excitement doesn’t end there. “Kanklės in New York” has caught the attention of the music industry’s most prestigious awards, the Grammys. It’s currently on the ballot for the Best Global Music Album category. Witness the magic that has the potential to receive one of the most coveted honors in the music world.

Join Us at The Velvet Note

If you’re a music enthusiast looking for a night of artistry and innovation, don’t miss this special evening at The Velvet Note jazz club on Friday, October 20th. Simona Smirnova’s performance promises to be a journey through cultures and emotions, leaving you captivated and inspired.

Featured August Events: Tomi Jenkins, LAVAHI and NILS

Friday, August 4th, 2023

Tomi Jenkins, Formerly of CAMEO

Get ready for a night of funk, soul, and R&B when Tomi Jenkins, formerly of CAMEO, takes the stage at The Velvet Note Jazz club in Atlanta.

Jenkins is a founding member of CAMEO, one of the most successful funk bands of all time. He has been a part of the group since its inception in 1974, and he has helped to write and produce some of their biggest hits, including “Candy,” “Word Up,” and “Single Life.”

In recent years, Jenkins has been pursuing his solo career. He has released two albums, “A Life to Remember” and “Soul Survivor,” and he has toured extensively. His solo work is a mix of funk, soul, and R&B, and it features his signature smooth vocals and catchy melodies.

Jenkins’ upcoming shows at The Velvet Note are sure to be a party. He will be performing all of his solo hits, as well as some of CAMEO’s biggest classics. He will also be joined by a full band, so expect to dance the night away.

Tickets for Tomi Jenkins’ shows at The Velvet Note are on sale now. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the true legends of funk music live in concert, so don’t miss it!

Featured July Events: Reggie Hines, Taylor Roberts, Chandra Currelley

Friday, July 21st, 2023

Reggie Hines

Reggie Hines is an ASCAP Award Winning and Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, and international recording artist. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, bass, EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), and of course, the saxophone. His soulful and expressive sound has provided him the opportunity to write and perform music for a diverse roster of artists including Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Regina Belle, and Stevie Wonder.

Hines grew up in the South Bronx of New York, where he was exposed to a diverse spectrum of musical flavorings from a very early age. His passion for music has taken him on a life long journey that began with attending an esteemed performing arts high school in Manhattan. As Hines’ musical gifting began to unfold, he joined the U.S. Army band where he received some of his most rigorous musical instruction. During his training, Hines embraced studying the multicultural styles that he so elegantly weaves into his signature sound today.

Taylor Roberts Jazz Quartet

The Taylor Roberts Jazz Quartet is a high-energy ensemble that brings together the talents of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Southeast. The quartet features Taylor Roberts on guitar, Reggie Hines on saxophone, Mark Simon on bass, and Josh Smith on drums.

Roberts is a gifted guitarist with a fluid and expressive style. He is known for his ability to seamlessly blend traditional jazz with elements of blues, rock, and funk. Hines is a versatile saxophonist with a warm and soulful sound. He is equally adept at playing bebop, hard bop, and R&B. Simon is a solid bassist with a deep knowledge of jazz harmony and rhythm. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger. Smith is a powerful drummer with a keen sense of swing. He is known for his ability to keep the beat while also providing creative and stimulating fills.

The Taylor Roberts Jazz Quartet has been praised for their tight ensemble playing, their high level of musicianship, and their infectious energy. They have performed at some of the most prestigious jazz venues in the Southeast, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the Savannah Jazz Festival, and the Charleston Jazz Festival. They have also released two albums, “Live at the Ritz” and “The Taylor Roberts Jazz Quartet.”

The Taylor Roberts Jazz Quartet is a rising star in the world of jazz. They are a group of talented musicians who are passionate about their music. They are sure to continue to entertain and inspire audiences for years to come.

Featured June Events: Our 11th Anniversary Show with Cassady McClincy, Fathers Day Celebration with Trumpetiste Tiffany Goode & Much More!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

Cassady McClincy

Join us on Saturday, June 3rd, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary with a sensational performance by the multi-talented TV star and singer, Cassady McClincy! Prepare to be captivated by an unforgettable evening of soulful melodies and mesmerizing vocals.

Cassady McClincy is a rising star in the entertainment industry, known for her remarkable talent as both an actress and a singer. With her irresistible charm and magnetic stage presence, Cassady has earned a dedicated following around the world.

Many fans recognize Cassady from her breakthrough role on the hit TV series “The Walking Dead,” where she portrayed the fierce and resilient character Lydia. Her compelling performance on the show has garnered critical acclaim and showcased her versatility as an actress.

Beyond her acting prowess, Cassady McClincy possesses a voice that is both soulful and powerful. With a mesmerizing vocal range, she effortlessly weaves through genres, blending elements of jazz, blues, and contemporary music to create a unique and captivating sound. Her renditions of timeless classics and original compositions are sure to leave you spellbound.

Trumpetiste Tiffany Goode

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 18th, as The Velvet Note jazz club proudly presents an extraordinary evening of music featuring the exceptional talents of Tiffany Goode, an acclaimed trumpetiste. Prepare to be swept away by her enchanting melodies and masterful trumpet skills.

Tiffany Goode is a dynamic and accomplished trumpetiste, known for her unmatched virtuosity and soulful expression. With a career spanning over two decades, she has established herself as a leading force in the contemporary jazz scene, captivating audiences with her electrifying performances.

Tiffany Goode’s journey as a musician began at a young age when she discovered her passion for the trumpet. With dedication and unwavering commitment, she honed her skills under the tutelage of renowned mentors, perfecting her technique and developing a unique musical voice.

Throughout her illustrious career, Tiffany Goode has pushed the boundaries of jazz, effortlessly blending elements of traditional jazz, funk, and contemporary styles. Her innovative approach to the trumpet has earned her accolades and recognition from both critics and fellow musicians alike.

Featured May Events: The Legendary Bosman Twins, Sarah Partridge, Slim Gambill & The Second Guesses

Monday, May 8th, 2023

The Bosman Twins

Dwayne and Dwight Bosman are twin brothers who are both accomplished saxophonists. They were born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and were exposed to the city’s rich musical heritage from an early age. They began playing the saxophone in their teenage years, and quickly developed a deep love and respect for the instrument.

Dwayne Bosman is primarily a tenor saxophonist, and is known for his powerful, soulful sound. He has performed with a wide variety of jazz, R&B, and gospel artists, and is also an experienced session musician and recording artist.

Dwight Bosman, on the other hand, is primarily an alto saxophonist, and is known for his lightning-fast runs and intricate improvisations. He has collaborated with a range of jazz and funk musicians, and is also an accomplished composer and arranger.

Together, the Bosman brothers have performed as a duo and as part of larger ensembles, and have recorded several albums of their own. They are deeply committed to the jazz tradition, and continue to explore and expand the boundaries of the genre through their innovative and dynamic performances.

The Bosman Twins perform at the Velvet Note on Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th.

Sarah Partridge

Sarah Partridge is a jazz vocalist based in New York City. With a rich, soulful voice and a deep appreciation for the jazz tradition, Partridge has become known for her compelling interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions. She began her musical career as a classical singer, studying at the Manhattan School of Music, but eventually found her true calling in the world of jazz.

Partridge has released several critically acclaimed albums, including “Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian” (2017), which pays tribute to the iconic singer-songwriter, and “I Never Thought I’d Be Here” (2019), which features her own original compositions. She has also collaborated with some of the top names in jazz, including pianist Allen Farnham and saxophonist Houston Person.

In addition to her work as a performer, Partridge is also an educator and vocal coach, and has taught at institutions such as The New School and The Juilliard School. She is deeply committed to preserving and promoting the jazz tradition, and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and dynamic vocalists on the contemporary jazz scene.

Sarah Partridge performs at the Velvet Note on Saturday, May 20th.

Slim Gambill & The Second Guesses

Slim Gambill is a Nashville-based guitarist and singer-songwriter known for his virtuosic musicianship and innovative approach to blending musical styles. Gambill got his start as a session musician, playing guitar on records for a variety of country, pop, and rock artists before transitioning to a career as a recording artist and performer.

Gambill has released several singles and EPs, including “Under the Influence” (2018) and “Ain’t My City” (2020), which showcase his unique blend of traditional country and modern rock influences. He is also known for his dynamic live performances, which feature his impressive guitar skills and infectious stage presence.

Slim Gambill & The Second Guesses perform at the Velvet Note on Saturday, May 27th.

Featured April Events: Grammy-Winning Trumpeter Nabaté, Singer Nicole Zuraitis, Bass Virtuoso Igor Saavedra & More

Monday, April 10th, 2023

Nabaté Isles

Nabaté Isles is a Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer, and arranger known for his versatility and unique style. Born and raised in New York City, Nabaté began playing the trumpet at a young age and quickly gained recognition for his talent. He went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.

Over the years, Nabaté has performed with a wide range of artists, including Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Michael McDonald, and Jennifer Hudson. He has also recorded with several prominent jazz musicians, such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Jason Moran.

In 2020, Nabaté won a Grammy for his work on the album “Djesse Vol. 3” by Jacob Collier, which won Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. He has also released several solo albums, including “Eclectic Excursions” and “Forward Motion.”

Nabaté is known for his innovative approach to the trumpet, incorporating a variety of techniques and styles to create his own unique sound. He continues to perform and record, pushing the boundaries of jazz and exploring new musical territory.

Nicole Zuraitis

Nicole Zuraitis is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and arranger. Born on February 5, 1983, in Stamford, Connecticut, she grew up in a musical family and started playing piano at the age of three. Zuraitis attended the Manhattan School of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Zuraitis has released several albums, including her debut album, “Spread The Word,” in 2012, which received critical acclaim. She has performed at prestigious venues such as Birdland, The Blue Note, and Carnegie Hall, and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Billy Joel, Catherine Russell, and Bucky Pizzarelli.

Zuraitis has won multiple awards, including the New York City Songwriting Competition, the International Songwriting Competition, and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She is known for her versatile vocal range, incorporating elements of jazz, pop, and soul into her music. Zuraitis is also a vocal coach, educator, and activist, using her platform to advocate for mental health awareness and social justice issues.

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