Kevin Mahogany Headlines 2014 South Bend Jazz Festival Today
Kevin Mahogany to headline the 3rd annual South Bend Jazz Festival, today, August 16th from 4:00 p.m till 11:00 p.m; in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. Free to the Public! Featuring Six international acts from a Variety of Jazz genres.
Performing are Headliner Kevin Mahogany, Turkish guitar sensation Ondor Facon with strings; Broadway singer/actress Ntom'khona Dliami, South African bassist and composer, Jimmy Mngwandi with saxophonist, Danny Lerman, Multi-instrumentalist/singer, Darryl Buchanan, Twin Cities-South Bend Jazz Festival Big Band and pianist/composer, JJ Wright.
His broad baritone was forged in his hometown: the legendary jazz metropolis known as Kansas City; where he learned to swing like Charlie Parker, shout the blues like Big Joe Turner, and cry a ballad like Lester Young; while, extending, elaborating and refining the jazz vocal legacies of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau.
Mahogany released his debut recording, Double Rainbow, was released on the Enja label in 1993. His CDs include, The Music of Charles Mingus; which featured Mingus sidemen trombonist Jimmy Knepper, alto saxophonist Charles MacPherson with the WDR Big Band, to Pride and Joy, his ebullient Motown tribute featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. He's recorded with T.S. Monk (Monk on Monk), The Ray Brown Trio (Christmas Songs With Ray Brown), Marlena Shaw (Dangerous), Roseanna Vitro (Passion Dance), Carl Allen (Testimonial), Barbara Morrison (Visit Me) and Elvin Jones (It Don't Mean A Thing). Mahogany made his screen debut in the 1996 Robert Altman film Kansas City, portraying a character based on blues singer Big Joe Turner, and was also featured on soundtrack.
Started music in 1970, concentrated on jazz in 1975. Mainly self-thaught as a jazz guitarist, player, composer, arranger and lyrics writer. Played with a great variety of local and international jazz musicians, he released 13 CDs out. He owns Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul. In 1997 Focan performed in the Guitar Night which was organised by MIDEM with 11 international guitarists representing Istanbul Culture and Arts Fund (IKSV). The Artist's 1998 CD, BENEATH THE STARS honoured him as the one and only Turkish jazz artist who has released an album on Blue Note label. This album featured the great drummer Bill Stewart and Hammond B3 player Sam Yahel
Dlamini came to New York from her Native South Africa to perform in the Broadway cast of Sarafina. Then went on to join the original cast of the Lion King playing Rafiki. She also performed in Godspell and the iconic Riverdance. She has recorded with Grover Washington on "Soul Strut and "Power of One"; Tupac on "A River That Flows Forever" and with Johnny Mathis. TV appearances include a performance with Diana Ross on the Oprah Winfrey show, the Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall Shows, the Essence Awards, the Tony Awards; and live in concert at the United Nations in NY.
"Ntomb'khona Dlamini..leads the pack here, her vocalizing rising to the rafters."..Houston Arts Week
Mngwandi is among South Africa's most sought after bassists, writers and producers, He has performed with legends like Mirium Makeba, Hugh Masekela, saxophonist David Murray, flutist Yusef Lateef, bassist Rufus Reid, Jamaican Guitarist Ernest Ranglin and Sbongile Khumalo. Jimmy's recording career includes appearances on CDs for Sony/South Africa, Bongo Maffin, Brothers of Peace, Simphiwe Dana's "Bantu Biko Street". On Cd, Mngwandi's debut was as a member of the EMI/South Africa group Bezwaan.
Lerman is a riveting saxophonist who has performed with Peabo Bryson, Howard Hewett, Norman Connors and Danny Boy, among others and shared concert bills with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Sergio Mendes, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal and the Ghetto Boys. Lerman's CD's "Do You Feel?," "Danny's Island," and "Meow Baby," have received much airplay from the USA to Venezuela, Turkey, Hong Kong , South Africa and Holland. Lerman has also performed with symphonies in the USA and the Netherlands featuring his original music.
Darryl developed his musical talents during his high school years in South Bend, Indiana. Darryl was discovered and recruited by Motown's legendary sax man Jr. Walker. Darryl's involvement with Jr. Walker included touring the United States, Canada and Europe. While touring, Darryl became Jr. Walker's opening act. His musical talents and stage persona has earned him popularity with diverse crowds worldwide. Darryl toured with Jr. Walker until his untimely death in 1995.