Winter Concerts in the cellar theater of the McHenry Museum, Modesto.
Jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee is truly a child of the world having grown up in a military family, then pursuing a twenty-year military career herself. She specializes in the standards – Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin, Mercer, Jobim, and the like, with a little Brubeck, Gillespie
and Monk thrown in. Her main venues have been the cabaret/supper clubs and nightclubs such as 7-Mile House in San Francisco, Mondavi Center, and the
Tsakopoulos Galleria. She was also a mainstay at the Sacramento Music Festival.
Ms Lee has played with such notable musicians as bassists Bill Douglass and Buca Necak, drummers Ed Thigpen and Eddie Marshall, pianists Joe Gilman and Emmett Cohen, trumpeters Al Molina and Dave Bengdekeit, and alto saxophonist Jeff Clayton. Her current band consists of Joe Gilman or Brenden Lowe on piano, Buca Necak on bass and Jeff Minnieweather on drums. Together with her unique style, phrasing and magical stage presence, they have been captivating audiences from Lake Tahoe to the Bay area. Known for her story-telling and banter with the audience she will pull you into the world that she creates on stage.
As a recording artist she has released five CDs - her 2000 debut CD, “Scarlett”, 2002 release, Let's Talk About Love, which is now on a major radio and press release campaign playing in 230 markets around the world and spent 9 weeks on the top 100 on the jazz week charts, reaching #61, with continuous play around the world for 21 weeks. Let's Talk About Love was listed in the top ten jazz CDs for 2018.
Ms Lee has three times (2005, 2006, 2007) been voted one of Sacramento’s top jazz groups and top local entertainers by subscribers in Sacramento Magazine’s annual “Best Of Sacramento issue and is the 2009 Sacramento Magazine editor’s pick as “Best Jazz Diva”. In 2014 the Black Music Association of America Sacramento Chapter inducted Ms Lee into the Hall of Fame as a Music Icon and also selected her as Jazz Vocalist of the Year for 2014.
We discovered this talented lady a few months ago when some of the Red Tie Arts board went to Sacramento to hear Vivian Lee perform at a fundraising event where there were a few jazz performers.
Valerie impressed us enough to have her in our line up this year. She is not only just a great vocalist but an amazing stylist as well, adding subtle and interesting nuances to here music.
One quote we got was"Valerie is extremely passionate about music. One of the most enjoyable vocalists I've ever had the pleasure of working with"...Mat Marucci, premier drummer, Cadence Records, Drum Magazine
Not only is certainly multi-faceted... Valerie, as a performer, is sensitive, sensual, warm and engaging. As a booking agent, she is able to work closely with the musician, creating a relationship, promoting their music and bringing success to both employer(venue) and musician.
As a promoter, Valerie brings music to the Sacramento area and beyond and bridges harmonious communication..from musician to venue, to the public..all the while using her wonderfully unique style in every facet of her business.
April 11 McHenry Museum
The Spirit of Lennon.
Mr. Harrison's show is a real connect-with-the-audience kind of show. A solo performance where he shares stories and the John Lennon music that goes with them. See what Bonnie Raitt said about him below. Drew and the Sun Kings performed for Red Tie Arts last summer to a more than sold-out crowd. Have a glass of great wine, sit back and learn about the music and live of John Lennon.
Drew Harrison of The Sun Kings presents a loving, emotionally charged retrospective of the life and career of one of the most popular artists of all time, told through songs, stories, and images from The Beatles through the final recordings of his life. Gifted with the most natural, effortless Lennon voice in the music world, Harrison has been performing John’s songs and telling the stories and anecdotes that go along with them for well over a decade.
“… A very talented musician with an amazing voice. I enjoyed him very much.”
Bonnie Raitt, Recording Artist
Don’t miss this intensely personal evening, as Drew Harrison brings to life the career of one of the best-loved and most intriguing artists of our time.
“Harrison’s ability to connect with his audience is quite amazing. His delivery has the
power to touch listeners in a way you may not think possible.”
Beth Peerless, Monterey Herald