CLASSIC DUETS II - SARAH MARIE YOUNG & SAALIK ZIYAD
December 15th, POLYRHYTHMS Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee SeriesreturnsSarah Marie Young and SaalikZiyadto presentClassic Duets II at the Redstone Room, in the RME on the corner of 2nd& Main, inDavenport. Smith&Ziyad demystify jazz with a Workshop at 3 pm, followed by a matinee concert from 6 – 8 pm.
The classic duets of the past are returningto the The Redstone Roomfeaturing the songs fromduets of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Sarah Vaughan, Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack and many other memorable duets.
Classic Duets IIonce again features two of Chicago’s most accomplished young vocalists – Sarah Marie Young and Saalik Ahmad Ziyad who reinterpret theclassic duets of the past, with a program based on an innovative concept that is strongly rooted in tradition.
“The male-female vocal duo has a long history in jazz (and of course in subsequent popular music genres as well). Such duos got their great boost during the Swing Era, when many of the big bands carried both a male and female singer, who usually had their own solo showcases but teamed up often enough on ballads and novelty tunes.”Neil Tesser, Chicago Jazz Music Examiner
Blessed with a smooth, buff baritone and a powerful artistic persona,Ziyad can infuse a timeless ballad with just the right emotion and in the next breath, sail into a hard-bop anthem or modern jazz composition with equal conviction.Ziyad's unique style and voice ranges from jazz to classical and has afforded him the opportunity to perform worldwide, from the Sons D'hiver Jazz festival in Paris, France to the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. One of Saalik's crowning achievements was performing at the Made in Chicago Jazz Festival in Poznan, Poland at the world-renowned Blue Note Jazz Club.
Sarah Marie Young, a recent first (1st) place award winner at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s Shure Vocal Competition beating out an international slate of nine other semi-finalist from across Europe and Australia, and a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International vocal competition, is a rare treasure on the jazz scene.Establishing herself as a premier recording artist, Young just recorded her second CD and first full length album, Is It A Color, and continues to build her blossoming career with her love of connecting with people through music.Currently, Young also serves as worship leader and choral director for Urban Village Church, Chicago.
Accompanying thisdynamic duo is a stellar rhythm section which features Tom Vaitsas on piano, Chuck Webb on bass, and Alfonzo Jones on drums. Collectively, these all-star musicians have performed in studio or onstage with an extraordinary list of jazz luminaries.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday JazzWorkshop &Matinee Series at the RME’sRedstone Room is scheduled for the third Sunday, December 15th, and features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, followed by the matinee performance from 6-8 pm. Admission to the workshop session is Free for Kids, $5 for adults. General admission for the 6 - 8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved/VIP seating.For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790. For more information, visit our website: www.polyrhythms.org.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Come experience jazz “live” like it was meant to be enjoyed.Take in the best jazz in the Quad Cities… enjoy a set or stay for the whole show. You can’t beat the artists or the artistry at the Third Sunday Jazz Series;Sunday,December 15th, Classic Duets II,featuring Sarah Marie Young and SaalikZiyad
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the Riverboat Development Authority, the Scott County Regional Authority, and the RME as well as the support of Davenport Clarion Hotel, Bowman Accounting, KALA, IL Senator Mike Jacobs, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Greatest Grains, West Music and DJ Mixxin Mel.
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by Melvin Hawkins Added December 1, 2012 at 1:53pm