Los Angeles LGBT Center Presents SWEET BABY J'AI And The WOMEN IN JAZZ ALL-STARS
Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced a special, one-night-only concert event - the multiple award-winning vocalist Sweet Baby J'ai with the Women in Jazz All-Stars presenting an exciting tribute to women in music. The curtain will rise on Saturday, February 10, at 8pm in the LGBT Center's Renberg Theatre.
Sweet Baby J'ai and the Women in Jazz All-Stars blend jazz with blues, pop, funk, Latin, and soul, honoring the contributions women have made to American music. Celebrating jazz in all its forms, from straight-ahead to contemporary, this world-class ensemble of extraordinary musicians comes together to set the night on fire!
Sweet Baby J'ai (pronounced Jay) is an award-winning, critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and actress. She is also the Artistic Director of the Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival. She has headlined concerts and festivals across the globe from New York to London, Moscow and Casablanca to Paris, Tokyo, Jakarta and more, with her genre-defying work which both embraces and expands jazz tradition. At only five years old, J'ai was already writing songs, and by the age of eight, she was sneaking in the backdoors of clubs on Kansas City's 18th & Vine to watch her father play with top jazz and blues musicians. J'ai has won three Bravo 'Entertainer of the Year Awards,' two Blues and Soul Magazine 'Best Jazz Vocal Performance Awards,' three 'Jazz Now Award' nominations for Best Vocal Jazz, and she was recently honored as a Living Jazz Legend by the Los Angeles City Council. She has released six solo CDs, including her latest - "Straight to That Place," and has appeared on many anthology collections as well. Of Sweet Baby J'ai, the New York Times said, "Her voice is part cream, part honey, and all soul ... wonderfully original." And the Boston Globe said, "Sweet Baby J'ai's tribute is a show you don't want to miss!" As Artistic Director of the Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival, Sweet Baby J'ai brings a wealth of experience and focus to the Festival. She has worked in various capacities, including talent buyer for the LA Summer Festival, Juneteenth Festival, Concerts in the Park, and other major music events throughout the country. Her Women in Jazz All-Stars fosters appreciation and understanding of the contribution that women have played in American music. For more information, visit www.sweetbabyjai.com.
General admission tickets are $25. VIP tickets are also available ($50) which include preferred seating, one of Sweet Baby Jai's acclaimed CDs, and a post-performance reception with Ms. Jai. All seats may be purchased online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. Net proceeds from all ticket sales will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The Center's Renberg Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood, 90038.