Music Cafe: Eisa Davis at Apollo Theater
212-531-5320 apollotheater.org Ages: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult $10
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A Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, actor, singer/songwriter and classically trained pianist, Eisa Davis makes passionate, minimalist soul.
Hailed for her performance as “Mother” in Passing Strange, she moves audiences everywhere she goes with her unique alloy of catharsis and restraint. With a presence dubbed "fierce" by The New Yorker, yet tempered with "wry warmth" according to The New York Times, Eisa is a songstress who has forged an organic artistry on her own terms.
Apollo Music Café explores music genres from the Apollo’s heritage – R&B, hip hop, soul, jazz, pop, funk, and rock – transformed by cutting-edge artists in a stylized lounge space.
The Apollo Education Program's Family Showtime series is designed to provide families with young children and teens the opportunity to experience live, high quality cultural events in the Harlem community.
Jason Jackson, Rosena Hill of the Jack & Hill Music Trio present The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan, a unique musical experience telling the story of “The Divine One” through the music she recorded and the musicians that influenced her.
This Family Showtime event is presented as part of the Harlem Jazz Shrines project - a Harlem-wide jazz festival presented in collaboration with Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile that celebrates the rich legacy of jazz in the uptown community, bringing both established and emerging artists to famed Harlem venues.
Apollo Family Showtime presents "The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan" a unique musical experience of jazz, swing, bebop, blues, standards, Latin, Broadway show tunes, spirituals, original music and original arrangements, to tell the story of "The Divine One" Sarah Vaughan.
With eight time Broadway vocalist, Rosena Hill Jackson, Grammy Award winning trombonist Jason Jackson, along with an exhilarating ensemble of musicians. Presented as part of the annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival.
The Apollo Education department presents The Jack & Hill Music Trio in the Family Showtime presentation, The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan.
Certified jazz royalty, the late, legendary Vaughan was nicknamed "The Divine One" and is best remembered for her unique voice and take on tunes such as "Summertime," "Can't Get Out of This Mood," "Thinking of You," "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Linger a While."
The Jack & Hill Music Trio consists of accomplished soloist and Broadway performer Rosena Hill (Come Fly Away, The Color Purple) along with her husband, Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson, a regular member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band.
This tribute to Vaughan will explore her body of work and the musicians that influenced her sound.
Venue Description: Apollo Amateur Night continues to demand and reward greatness, spurring performers to put every fiber of their being, every ounce of their emotion into pleasing the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend.
The world famous Apollo Theater is so much more than a historic landmark - it is a source of pride and a symbol of the brilliance of American artistic accomplishment. With its rich history and continued significance, the Apollo Theater, considered the bastion of African-American culture and achievement, is one of the most fascinating chronicles in American history.
It all started in 1914 when the theater was constructed on 125th Street, the heart of Harlem. Originally, it was named Hurtig and Seamon's New Burlesque Theatre and African-Americans were not allowed in the audience. In 1934: Ralph Cooper, Sr. decided to do a live version of his already popular radio show, Amateur Nite Hour at the Apollo, at the Apollo Theater, then owned by the Schiffman family. Ella Fitzgerald was one of the first Amateur Night winners. That same year, Cooper, Benny Carter and 16 Gorgeous Hot Steppers dazzled the crowds with the theater's first 'Colored Revue.' Then in 1935, Bessie Smith made her Apollo debut followed by an unknown vocalist by the name of Billie Holiday who graced the Apollo stage and mesmerized the audience with her undeniable style and talent. Soon thereafter, the Apollo Theater quickly became known the place 'Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made' and 'home' to thousands of major performance artists, fans, and patrons of the arts from around the world. The legendary venue has launched the careers of icons such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, James Brown and Lauryn Hill and continues to maintain its position as the nation's most popular arena for emerging and established African-American and Latino performers.
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