Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour. Sign up to perform, sit back and enjoy, and get up and dance if the spirit moves you!
A soulful singer of “stunning intelligence” with a voice that is “absolute magic” (Jazz Times), award-winning vocalist Carolyn Leonhart beautifully weaves together the worlds of jazz and pop. She has been a member of Steely Dan for over a decade, has toured and performed with Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, the Charles Mingus Big Band, Hank Jones, Catherine Russell, and was recently featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Sign up if you’d like to perform at the Open Mic hour that follows.
The Jazz Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks. Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad.
The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist. He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few. Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room. Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter. “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).