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Performances à la Carte Presents Jazz ‘n Paz Spring Concert Series

three concerts: Jennifer Leitham trio; Jolly Allen & friends; 2 + 1 + Bacharach intimate Pasadena early Sunday evening jazz programs to nourish your soul

Curated by Performances à la Carte, Jazz ‘n Paz is back with their spring intimate jazz series of three concerts with some of Los Angeles’ finest jazz musicians. Taking place on early Sunday evenings, this season’s series opens March 11 with the internationally recognized Jennifer Leitham Trio; Lolly Allen & Friends on April 8; and on May 13, a blowout birthday bash with 2 + 1 + Bacharach. Jazz ‘n Paz takes place at 5 p.m., at Neighborhood UU Church Sanctuary in Pasadena. Series subscriptions are now on sale, offering a discount from individual concert tickets.

Jennifer Leitham Trio:  March 11, 2018

Jennifer Leitham Trio, features the outstanding, internationally recognized bassist, vocalist, composer, arranger, lyricist and producer, Jennifer Leitham who is a career Jazz musician for over 40 years. The Jennifer Leitham Trio features Leitham, bass and vocals; Andy Langham, piano; and Randy Drake, drums. Leitham has performed with some of the great musicians including Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, Doc Severinsen, and K.D. Lang, among many others. Her basslines have graced many movies and TV shows, and recently was the subject of an award-winning documentary, I Stand Corrected. Leitham has played on over 125 albums, including 10 albums of her own, (including her huge hit The Real Me), and is currently working on another.

Lolly Allen & Friends:  April 8, 2018

Award-winning vibraphonist and composer Lolly Allen with special guest, superstar Rickey Woodard on saxophone, Jamie Perez on vocals, Jordan Richards on bass and the jazz phenom, Josh Nelson on piano. Allen has performed with top jazz musicians including Terry Gibbs, Bob Mintzer, Rodney Whitaker, Maria Schneider, and The Jazz Composers Alliance. In 2016 she was the first woman to be awarded the L.A Jazz Society’s Vibe Summit XXIII Honoree Award, and in 2017 was invited to present legendary vibist Terry Gibbs with his Hall of Fame Induction at the World Vibes Congress. She has performed at venues such as the Knitting Factory, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Newport Beach Jazz Party, WGBH FM’s “Eric in the Evening,” and Ron DellaChiesa’s Jazz Songbook. Allen is recording her second album as bandleader, and performs internationally as a soloist and with her quintet.

2 + 1 + Bacharach:  May 13, 2018

A Musical Birthday Bash including balloons and cake are planned to celebrate the 90th Birthday of the legendary Burt Bacharach. A special tribute to Bacharach’s lifetime of songs with 2 + 1 Duo, Jamie Perez, vocals; Lyman Medeiros, bass; with special guest artist, Nolan Shaheed, trumpet; rounding out the ensemble will be Martin Mathews, saxophone; Chad Edwards, piano; and Nick Mancini, drums/percussion. All mothers in attendance will receive a special Mother’s Day gift.

Subscription Series which includes reserved seating for Jazz ‘n Paz is $60 for all three concerts; individual concerts (no reserved seating) are $23 in advance or $25 at the door, cash only and based on availability. Neighborhood UU Church Sanctuary is located at 301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103. For tickets visit https://jazznpaz.brownpapertickets.com. For more information go to https://www.jazznpaz.com, you can send an email info@performancesalacarte.com or Call 626-296-9843.

Performances à la Carte is a collaborative arts events producer with a mission to create unique, original live performances utilizing multi-arts genres to showcase the diverse artistic community in the San Gabriel and Crescenta Valley area and to connect the arts with social needs and issues that serve the public interest.

Singer and artistic director of Performances à la Carte, Carla (Jamie) Perez, is an accomplished, recognized and sought-after recitalist, symphony and chamber music soloist and opera singer. With a distinguished career spanning forty years, she has sung with symphonies, opera companies, in festivals and in recital throughout the U.S. and has made guest artist appearances in South America, Canada and Europe. She considers herself a versatile singer and performance artist of eclectic tastes and total vocality. Although she studied with some of the world’s most renowned classical singers/teachers, she considers her first voice teachers and interpreters of song growing up to be jazz greats Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and Ella Fitzgerald and admits she frequently gave “Frankie” a spin (all via vinyl).

Though the music of Jazz and Broadway were her first loves, her father, a lover of jazz but a devoted operaphile, persuaded her (or else) to pursue a career in classical music, which she did very successfully for 30 years. She is delighted to return to her roots and sing some of the jazz music she “cut her teeth on” (literally – she teethed on jazz album covers as an infant). Through her artistic endeavors with Performances à la Carte, she continues to create collaborative projects that serve the public interest and that fuel her passion for beauty, authenticity and social justice.

Curated by Performances à la Carte, Jazz ‘n Paz is back with their spring intimate jazz series of three concerts with some of Los Angeles’ finest jazz musicians. Taking place on early Sunday evenings, this season’s series features the Jennifer Leitham Trio opening the series on March 11; Lolly Allen & Friends on April 8; and 2 + 1 + Bacharach on May 13. Jazz ‘n Paz takes place at 5:00 p.m. at Neighborhood UU Church Sanctuary in Pasadena. Series subscriptions are now on sale, offering a discount from individual concert tickets.

Details for Calendar Listings

– Jennifer Leitham     Bass, Vocals

– Andy Langham       Piano

– Randy Drake           Drums

Lolly Allen & Friends

– Lolly Allen               Vibes

– Rickey Woodard     Saxophone

– Carla Jamie Perez  Vocals

– Jordan Richards     Bass

– Josh Nelson            Piano

2 + 1 + Bacharach

– Carla Jamie Perez  Vocals

– Lyman Medeiros     Bass

– Nolan Shaheed       Trumpet

– Martin Mathews      Saxophone

– Chad Edwards        Piano

– Nick Mancini           Drums, Percussion

– Artistic Director Carla Jamie Perez

– Produced by Performances à la Carte

Call 626-296-9843 or https://jazznpaz.brownpapertickets.com for more information: http://performancesalacarte.org/; info@performancesalacarte.org or Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/performances-a-la-carte. Ticket purchases subscription Series reserved seating for Jazz ‘n Paz is $60 for all three concerts; individual concerts are $23 in advance or $25 at the door, cash only and based on availability.

March 5, 2018

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