Jazz In The Country
proudly introduces the Performers for our Inaugural Benefit Music Festival...
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2019 Headlining Artist: Cindy Bradley – 7pm
A native of Buffalo, New York, Cindy loves telling the story of how she became a trumpet player by accident in fourth grade: “I started playing the piano when I was six, but we had to choose a different instrument to be part of the band program. I forgot to bring my permission slip to class, so the teacher just had me randomly circle an instrument that I wanted to play. I picked the trumpet, which turned out to be a life and career defining fluke.” By 12, she was performing professionally with “Sugar and Jazz,” a Buffalo area jazz band that consisted of promising musicians, ages 12-17, which emulated the big bands of the 1940s. Cindy played with many jazz groups during her formative years, but it was with this group that she fell in love with performance, jazz, and especially the trumpet.
Cindy has also applied her skills and background in a way to inspire future generations. She has conducted hundreds of jazz workshops at high school and community colleges all over the country, and recently earned a master's degree in educational leadership. “These workshops are a way of giving back to the community,” she says. “It’s inspiring just to see the influence a few encouraging words can have on young people who really want to develop their passion for music. It’s amazing to realize that a lot of the younger kids I teach have never seen anyone play a live wind instrument before their eyes!”
Cindy has impressed thousands of jazz loving adults as well over the years, touring with legendary urban jazz group Pieces of a Dream, performing in NYC with the Sly Geralds Band (bassist for Maceo Parker) and—since the release of Bloom—playing such renowned events as the Big Bear Lake Jazz Festival, Omaha’s Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival in San Antonio and the North Carolina Wine and Jazz Festival. Read her full story at www.cindybradley.com.
Chelsey Green & The Green Project – 530pm
Described as “passionate, electrifying, and innovative,” international, Billboard-charting recording artists, Chelsey Green and The Green Project, break down stereotypes of traditional string playing. By fusing traditional classical technique with popular songs and original pieces in various genres – including R&B, Pop, Soul, Funk, Jazz and more – Dr. Chelsey Green brings vibrant violin, viola and rich vocals to audiences in a whole new way.
The Green Project has toured around the world and performed many prestigious venues and events including the Strathmore Music Center, the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, BET Honors Awards Dinner, The John F. Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, The Citadel in Cairo, Kuwait National Opera House, Bahrain Spring of Culture Festival and more!
Read more at www.chelseygreen.com.
4 The Road Band – 3pm
Jazz, Gospel or R&B? -- 4 The Road Band plays it all. While they have shared their passion for music together for 12 years, they collectively represent 40+ years in the music industry – many as “side men” musicians. These skillful Jazzicians have backed numerous chart-topping national and international Jazz, Gospel and R&B artists here in the US and abroad – Teddy Pendergrass, Marion Meadows, Jackiem Joyner, Kim Waters, Blue Magic, Art Sherrod Jr, Paul Taylor, and Cindy Bradley are just a few. You may find one or more of this dynamic group performing on the Capitol Jazz Cruise or at any Jazz festivals and venues around and beyond the DMV, where their popularity is increasingly growing. For sure, you will experience and enjoy their love of music with every note, with every beat.
Merlon Devine – 2pm
Love and inspiration can come from many places, but Merlon Devine’s love and inspiration to play music came from right inside his childhood home. Growing up with a singing mother and a guitar playing father, Merlon and his nine siblings lived in a home filled with gospel music. Although Merlon did not have the gift to sing as many of his siblings did, he eventually found his voice on the saxophone.
Merlon’s signature sound and soulful expression on the horn has set him apart and propelled him onto various stages during his career. From mega churches to international jazz festival tours, concert halls and more. Merlon is a veteran performer known for his dynamic and mesmerizing stage presence. He has worked with gospel jazz artists Ben Tankard and Bruce Allen of the duo Allen and Allen, among others. He considers Saxophonists Kirk Whalum and Najee as mentors.
Intriguing, soulful, innovative and soothing describe the urban contemporary jazz styled music Merlon is known for. He has recorded 8 CDs as an indie artist and he’s had numerous recordings played on jazz stations all over the country including Sirius XM’s Watercolors. www.merlondevine.com
Energico Jazz – 1pm
Energico’s creative musicians have led projects in both music and film. With their combined talent, the result is an eclectic jazz sound filled with movement and energy. Hailing from the Washington, DC Metro area, Energico has over 100 years of combined experience with influences ranging from Chick Corea to Kirk Whalum, The Yellowjackets and Jeff Lorber.
Energico Jazz offers a dynamic blend of Straight-Ahead, Fusion, Smooth and Latin/World Jazz while infusing a well-travelled, international feel. With the majority of the members meeting in service to the US Navy and the US Army Band, this immensely talented group of composers, producers and arrangers collectively brings those same common values of service, honor, integrity and duty to both the band and their performances.
MC – Comedian Sean Sarvis
Sean Sarvis is carving out a niche in comedy by the power of God. His gift declares to all who will listen that humor is a God-given and God-inspired attribute. He not only tickles the funny bone, he outright assaults it with his observations of life in and out of church.
When you address him, don't just call him Sean… call him Saint Sean! For over 20 years "Saint" Sean Sarvis has been perfecting his walk with God while simultaneously tickling the funny bones of saints across the world. He has a passion that is unique to the entertainment industry, in that he doesn't need profane rhetoric or vulgarity to keep you laughing out loud!
Sean is a comedian for life who believes the purpose of his gift is to add joy to the lives of those who need, want and desire it. He leans on the scripture Proverbs 17:22 "A merry heart doeth good like medicine…" "I thank God for providing me the medicine to minister to His people" he says. www.seansarvis.com