Rising star Mark Guiliana is in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music. Hailed as “one of the most influential drummers of his generation” by JazzTimes, the young artist blends virtuosity on the acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing.
Chicago-based band Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that combines jazz, funk, hip-hop and R&B. The Chicago Tribune raves, “While many bands strive hard for originality, it’s unlikely that any of them could best Sidewalk Chalk.” Comprised of an emcee, vocalist, drummer, bassist, keys player, trombonist and trumpeter, this powerhouse group has audiences and critics alike abuzz with excitement!
Trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles explores his musical roots in Creole Soul! He buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles from his Afro-Caribbean background including calypso and Haitian voodoo music. Charles performs with the dynamic stage presence befitting an artist who has worked with the likes of Roberta Flack, René Marie, David Rudder, Wynton Marsalis and more.
At just 23, swinging singer Veronica Swift is quickly making her mark on the jazz world. Possessing a rare combination of technical command and depth of feeling that belies her age, she won second place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition and has performed at top venues across the nation. Don’t miss this young star on the rise in the 1200 Club!
Velvet Caravan blends gypsy, honky-tonk, swing and Latin-upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and a relentless sense of humor. Whether on the big stage with a full orchestra or in an intimate jazz club, the Savannah, Georgia-based quintet remains pours violin, acoustic guitar, upright bass, accordion, keyboard and percussion into a gumbo of lively music.
Experience the soulful sounds of “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues,” Thornetta Davis! A respected singer and talented songwriter, Davis possesses a strong voice, melodic command and smooth delivery that have been exciting and wowing audiences around the world for over 30 years. Backed by a great band of veteran Detroit musicians, she tells her stories with incredible delivery, always leaving her audiences wanting more.