Jazz In The Country

2nd Annual Benefit Music Festival - August 22, 2020

Jazz In The Country

 proudly introduces the  Performers for our 2nd Annual Benefit Music Festival...

Performance Schedule may change without prior notice.

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MARCUS JOHNSON - 6PM

Acclaimed Jazz Keyboardist, Marcus Johnson, an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed Jazz Keyboardist and a NAACP Image Award Nominee, has released his latest CD titled “BALLADS...In My Voice”, showcasing his soulful interpretations of some of his favorite ballads from different parts of his life and favorite artists who wrote and recorded them. Al Green’s hit “Let’s Stay Together” is the lead single and announces a musical journey of R&B Jazz from Marcus Johnson’s voice on keys, all while maintaining the MJ ‘Factor Groove’ that established him as one of the giant keyboardists of jazz funk urban music made famous by legendary jazz greats, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, Bob James, Chick Corea, and others. 

Along with his notable accomplishments as a musician, Marcus Johnson is also the President/Owner of FLO Brands, LLC which houses his wine label, FLO Wines, Inc., named “USA Today’s Top 10 Celebrity Wines”. He has also written “FLO... For the Love Of”, published in 2016 which achieved recognition as a Best-Selling Book and Author at Amazon.com. 

While pursuing his JD and MBA at Georgetown, he independently produced and distributed his first CD, Lessons in Love, which sold more than 40,000 units, a phenomenal success for an unknown independent artist’s debut. His perseverance, ingenuity and creative talent caught the attention of Black Entertainment Television (“BET”) founder and businessman, Robert L. Johnson, who invested and partnered with Marcus to establish Marimelj Entertainment Group which housed the Three Keys Music label, a recording studio, and two publishing companies. Marcus Johnson has released more than 16 Billboard charted CDs and under Three Keys Music, Marcus Johnson produced and released label national jazz artists Michael Lington, Jaared Arosemena, Bobby Lyle, Nick Colionne, Alyson Williams, and smooth jazz saxophonists Phillip “Doc” Martin and Brian Lenair. 

 

Johnson resides in Silver Spring, MD, has one daughter, Chase, and is continuing his vision “For the Love Of” in music, books and life. 

For more information, please visit: www.marcusjohnson360.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.

CHELSEY GREEN & THE GREEN PROJECT - 5PM

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!

Dedicated to educating our youth, Chelsey Green and The Green Project spend time devoted to the community by providing a wide range of educational music workshops to city and county schools, after school programs, educational groups and more. Committed to spreading the love of live music to younger generations, Chelsey Green and The Green Project work with students from all backgrounds and expose them to the possibilities of what music can be. www.chelseygreen.com

KIM BLACK - 2PM

Kim has loved music all her life and has been a vocalist most of her life. The love of music and seeing the joy in people, not just listening to it but being part of it, came from her father and mother. He was a professional jazz organist. At home when her father played “My Funny Valentine” on the baby grand, her mother would sing along. She would sit on the floor and watch them. This became her favorite song.

 

She has lots of experience as lead vocalist in several genres. She’s worked with several well-known bands in the Washington, DC, metro area, specializing in R&B, funk to praise and worship in all styles, as well as some jazz and musicals. She’s also traveled abroad. 

 

Her first experience singing before audiences, other than her family, was as the lead female in local high-school productions of Broadway musicals such as “Maria” in “West Side Story” and “Lili” in “Carnival.” This continued into college where she played minor roles in plays and musicals. 

 

Kim also enjoys collaborating on new songs and music ventures to see the dream come to fruition in studios and live on stage. She has a dream of a band in the Washington, DC metro area that will take the songs we love and show a greater truth in them through our identity in Christ Jesus. 

 

She currently gigs at popular restaurants and venues with small ensembles and is open to more opportunities. She was casted in the musical “Diana: Queen of the People’s Hearts” that debuts April 4 and 5, 2020, in the Washington, DC area. 

 

Kim’s home is in Bowie, MD, with her husband Michael, former drummer whom she met through music, and their two daughters Kristine and Kamille Wallace.  Visit her website: kimblack.com.

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