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Jazz It Up Philly Kicks Off 3rd Season

September 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - September 15, 2016 @ 2:00 am

| $10

Featured image courtesy of Jazz It Up Philly

On Wednesday evening, monthly concert series Jazz It Up Philly will begin its third season featuring Kevin Valentine and his Jazz Quartet along with esteemed Jazz vocalist Lisa Chavous at the Vesper Club. Jazz It Up spotlights both the up-and-coming and established Jazz artists in the tri-state area while offering fine dining, cocktails, and over $1,000 in prizes!

If that weren’t enough, 100% of the ticket price will go towards supporting Jazz and Blues artists as well as supporting industries across Philadelphia. Stick around after the performances for the After Party with more live music at 10pm down in Vesper’s secret hidden speakeasy (don’t worry, they’ll hook you up with the special password at the show). Follow the link here for your tickets to this must-see event!

Featured Performers

Kevin Valentine’s Jazz Quartet

w/ Kevin Valentine (Vocalist), Steve Beskrone (Bassist), Aaron Graves (Pianist), Dave Sanders (Guitarist).

Possessing an easy, effortless style that swings, Kevin’s treatment of standards conveys an understanding of the culmination of melody, rhythm and lyric. While he loves standards, he does not think that they should be held in such esteem that they cannot grow and evolve. “Standards are not defined as being written between 1910 and 1950, they were just the pop tunes of that day. Rodgers and Hart wrote standards but so did Linda Creed and Thom Bell. Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Sting all composed standards Their pieces will be played 50 years from now and still sound fresh.” Kevin says that his pursuit as an artist is to “find those tunes and be part of the presentation that paints the picture with new colors.” Check out his work on Lennon and McCartney’s “Can’t Buy Me Love”.

Growing up in New York City presented Kevin with a wide array of musical opportunities and challenges. He met bassist Mike Boone when both were early members of the Boys Choir of Harlem. During a 2 year drama stint with a Harlem theater company he worked with a young Tupac Shakur. Kevin has done the requisite “Amateur Night at the Apollo” and performed at New York City clubs such as “Smoke”, and “Somethin’Jazz Cafe” to name a few.

Arriving in Philadelphia to attend law school, Kevin was free to let his jazz roots take hold and he began to soak up the rich jazz culture. He has performed with his own trio at Zanzibar Blue, Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, the Pyramid Club, Philadelphia Art Museum, SOUTH, and Paris Bistro. Recently he began a stint as male vocalist with the Monday Blue Jazz Orchestra. He is often the guest vocalist at the Four Season’s Hotel and Loews Solefood Restaurant. Kevin loves the impromptu nature of jam sessions and can often be heard at Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus (until they closed), Chris’Jazz Cafe and Philly’s newest Jazz gem SOUTH. Kevin feel fortunate to be in Philadelphia at this time where the Jazz scene is fertile. Where else can you go and sit in or do your own gig and have such artists as Lee Smith, Orrin Evens, Tim Garfield, or Terell Stafford perform with you. Working with those guys challenges you and helps you grow as a vocalist. In 2013, Kevin was nominated for Best Male Jazz Vocalist of 2013 by the famed Clef Club of Philadelphia. Now you have the opportunity to to enjoy the musical styling of a man who very well could be one of America’s Jazz Greats. Don’t miss the chance.

Lisa Chavous

Indeed, Lisa is frequently compared to Tina Turner, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, and Irma Thomas, who along with Billie Holiday and Mahalia Jackson, are among her primary musical influences. She’s been singing in church and performing in shows since she was five in a career that encompasses jazz, blues, soul, gospel and rock. Lisa sees her diverse musical background as a way to bring people together, and a way to connect with any and all audiences.

“I played and recorded sax with Jonny Copeland, and I’ve known Shemikia Copeland since she was a little girl, when I was on the road with her father. I’ve got to tell you the best female blues vocalist to come along since Shemikia is without a doubt, Lisa Chavous,” -The late jazz and blues sax great, Byard Lancaster (the man who discovered the Roots, and Stanley Clark and Kevin Eubanks).

Your Master of Ceremonies: Buddy Scheerer
Buddy Scheerer is currently Director of Sales for The Philly POPS; his eighth year with the company. He has held positions with such local cultural organizations as The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. He is an ambassador of all things music and very much enjoys connecting audience and performance; he may also enjoy the spotlight…just a little.

Want to learn more about Jazz It Up Philly? Check out our review of their 50th sellout show (Here) and our interview with Co-Founder Charlie Bartlett (Here) now!


Jazz It Up Philly


Vesper Club
223 S Sydenham St, Philadelphia, PA 19102