Jazz Cafe: Erli Perez

Friday, February 15, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Members $10, Nonmembers $15, includes snacks and a beverage (wine, beer, soda)

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!

Come celebrate post-Valentine’s Day with us at the Jazz Café at Ethical! 

"Working within standard forms, Erli Perez was freewheeling, moving between hip scatting and romantic crooning." - Phillip Lutz, Downbeat Magazine

As a former Californian, Erli Perez began his career as a jazz vocalist a few years after moving to New York City. With the likes of his mentors such as Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Marilyn Maye and Marianne Solivan, Erli has quickly created a style and a reputation all his own. His style ranges from straight-ahead Jazz/Bebop to more modern styles.

Erli is the real deal. Not only does he sing with soul, Erli's jazz chops will leave you wanting more.

Erli Perez has become a regular performer of the Jazz at The Kitano. He has performed on some of the best jazz stages in New York  from Birdland  to Dizzy's to Smalls and Mezzrow. During his career he has been produced and coached by legends Marilyn Maye, Jay Clayton as well as Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, and Carol Fredette.

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).