Capital Jazz Fest SATURDAY – Tickets – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, Maryland – June 8th, 2019

Capital Jazz Fest SATURDAY

Capital Jazz Fest SATURDAY

Gregory Porter, India.Arie, Gerald Albright with special guest Selina Albright, Something She Can Feel: A Tribute to Queen Aretha, Regina Belle, Nick Colionne, Kandace Springs, Angela Stribling, Brian McKnight, Marsha Ambrosius, Kindred the Family Soul, Kenny Lattimore, Leela James, Daley, Cayman Kelly

Sat, June 8, 2019

Doors: 10:00 am / Show: 12:00 pm

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Columbia, Maryland

$89.50 - $225.00 (prices increase on day of show)

Gregory Porter
Gregory Porter
"Massive vocal power offset by a rich tone and delicate control, his interpretations flit between jazz and soul."—MOJO

Equal parts Bill Withers and Nat King Cole, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter can moan a soulful blues and dart through a playful, stomping jazz number with equal power. With a smooth and smoky baritone, Porter continues the traditions of soul and jazz artists of the past, but sets himself apart from mere revivalists with his exceptional songwriting. His insightful lyrics and stirring melodies are sincere, romantic, and deeply grooving. This enormous talent raised the roof at the 2013 Festival. With Chip Crawford piano, Emanuel Harrold drums, Aaron James bass, Tivon Pennicott sax.
India.Arie
India.Arie
b. October 3, 1976, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Regina Belle
Regina Belle
After the chart-topping success of the traditional, foot-stomping record "God is Good" from her gospel debut, Love Forever Shines, Belle is prepared to take her integrity to another level with her newest gospel opus HIGHER.

The four-time Grammy and Academy Award winning vocalist, whose hits have included "A Whole New World" from the Disney film 'Aladdin' (with Peabo Bryson), "Make It Like It Was", "If I Could" and "Dream In Color" is prepared to offer the world a closer look into her heart and her walk with God with HIGHER.

The new project, which features duets with Lowell Pye (Men of Standard), powerhouse vocalist Kathy Taylor and the one and only Pastor Shirley Caesar, is a powerful offering of the best of Regina Belle, both personally and vocally. Recorded in Houston, TX, under the watchful direction of Chris Walker ("my spiritual brother and sounding board"), HIGHER is a collection of stunning ballads and it takes a few musical turns that will both surprise and please Belle's loyal and faithful fans.

With HIGHER, Regina Belle has a simple but powerful message. "I pray that each listener has an experience. My whole objective in doing this record is to bring people into the presence of God. Some of us don't always get there through the preached word. The music is only second to that, but I want to be able to know that I did my job and if you don't have words to say, then use my words. If you don't have a voice, then use my voice. If you don't have the music or the setting, use mine. I believe that my music helps people get to a special place." That place is a closer walk with God, one that is sweeter, deeper, richer and HIGHER!
Nick Colionne
Nick Colionne
With a jazz style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today's stars. Combining all of the various influences of his music career from jazz to R&B to blues to rock, he has created an unmistakable sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable. With lightening fast speed and a distinctively silky sound, Nick takes the guitar to unexpected places every time he performs. His rich baritone vocals delight audiences unaccustomed to hearing such a skilled instrumentalist singing as well, and his showmanship....well, you have to see a Nick Colionne show and experience it for yourself. With energy to spare, unparalleled musicianship and a natural comedic flair, he is one of a kind.
Kandace Springs
Kandace Springs
Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist.
Daughter of Scat Springs
Angela Stribling
Angela Stribling
American jazz singer
Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight
US-American R&B artist. Born : June 05, 1969 // Buffalo, NY, United States
Marsha Ambrosius
Marsha Ambrosius
Already proven as a talented, sought after songwriter and revered platinum-selling artist, Marsha Ambrosius is meeting the next challenge in her already impressive musical career by reinventing herself as a solo artist with her J Records debut disc LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNINGS.


Hailing from Liverpool, England, fans first got a taste of Marsha’s talent as the singing half of the duo Floetry. Their 2000 debut Floetic produced signature singles like “Say Yes" and "Getting Late" as well as four Grammy nods. Following the 2005 release of their second studio album, Flo’Ology, the ladies veered creatively and personally. While the split was difficult, Marsha continued to build a name for herself as a songwriter and producer, creating “Butterflies” for the late Michael Jackson and other hits for artists such as Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx and Nas. She’s been nominated for a total of six Grammys and has been honored by BMI as their Songwriter of the Year.


Over the years, Marsha has stayed relevant as an artist via touring, writing/producing and mixtapes like 2007’s Neo Soul is Dead, 2008’s Yours Truly and 2010’s Yours Sincerely. She also appeared as a featured artist on projects from Patti Labelle, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Jamie Foxx and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others. Eventually, Marsha signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records however a much-buzzed about solo debut never materialized due to creative glitches. Equipped with plenty of her own talent, she found herself being given songs from producers that were “great but not songs that made sense in relation to each other.” Marsha calls her sound “honest and consistent” and it was important for her to make an album with an overall cohesive sound. She explains, “I think with an album everything has to make sense, like ‘Where is this story going?’”


But that wasn’t the only situation posing a challenge for Marsha. A basketball player since childhood, when her music career took off, her diet remained the same as when she was regularly active. Constantly on the road touring and promoting wasn’t conducive to a healthy diet and resulted in her gaining 70 pounds in just one year. She finally got serious about her health and lost the weight safely and slowly over about a two-year period.


Now at a strong place mentally and physically, Marsha’s ready to present her sound to the world. The first single, “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player),” is an anthem that women and men can relate to. Marsha explains, “It’s the reality of a bad break up. We wanna be decent human beings and say the right thing, you know, ‘I wish you well.’ But this is ‘Everything that could go wrong for him I want it to because my ego is bruised and I’m acting out.’” There’ve been many songs written about heartbreak, but Marsha’s approach to “Hope She Cheats on You” gets in your face rather than plays the victim.


LATE NIGHTS & EARLY MORNINGS is destined to be a classic, as Marsha offers a candid glimpse of her life and perspectives as a woman. Inspired by musical icons like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince, she concedes there is an overall male influence in her songwriting, such as the assertive sentiments heard on hits like “Say Yes.” She explains, “My pen and my point of view has a certain aggression to it because I’ve listened to a lot of male influenced music, which I think makes me one of the most outspoken writers out here. Sometimes as a woman you don’t wanna say what’s on your mind for fear of being judged. But why wouldn’t I say it like that if that’s how I felt?” Musical peers recruited to contribute to the project include Alicia Keys, a reunion with Dre and Vidal (producers of “Say Yes”), Just Blaze and Focus.


While her success in the industry is already solidified, Marsha knows it’s never easy to win over fans as a solo artist. Fortunately, she says, “It’s like being thrown in the deep end. ‘Okay I have to swim? Oh well.’ I’ve taken that attitude and it’s carried me forward.”
Kindred the Family Soul
Kindred the Family Soul
Born from the same turn-of-the-century Philadelphia neo-soul movement that birthed Jill Scott, the married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are Kindred the Family Soul. When Jill Scott discovered the pair at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival, she signed them to her Hidden Beach Recordings label and released their debut record, Surrender to Love in 2003, which featured "Stars" and "Far Away." The critically acclaimed album earned Kindred a nomination for a Soul Train Music Award in 2004.

Kindred's follow-up release In This Life Together came out in 2005 and painted an unapologetically autobiographical picture of Dantzler and Graydon's life together. Critics applauded the album's content - AllMusic's William Ruhlmann declared: "...the collection presents a full-scale portrait of life for a loving, struggling, contemporary couple with three kids trying to keep things together, a life not that different from most people's. That is actually a refreshing perspective to find expressed in popular music, and one a wide audience should be able to identify with."

After releasing The Arrival on Hidden Beach in 2008, Kindred shifted over to Shanachie and produced their latest album, 2011's Love Has No Recession. "It is our prayer that this offering will inspire, and as always, be a voice for those who truly relate to our message," share Dantzler and Graydon. "It is equally socially conscious as it is all grown up and sexy-like. It is quite simply ... US." Featuring the lead single "Magic Happens," the disc peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Kenny Lattimore
Kenny Lattimore
International R&B singer, Kenny Lattimore embodies the elements of traditional R&B with a decidedly contemporary flare and feel. He has established himself as a soulful song stylist of the first order receiving the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist, and nominations for the Grammy, Soul Train and Stellar Awards. Whether putting a distinctive stamp on classic songs recorded by such musical icons... as Donny Hathaway (“I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”) and George Harrison (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”), or creating his own legacy of hits such as “Never Too Busy,” and the wedding ballad “For You”, Kenny’s style combines passion, sensuality, intensity and subtlety, making him one of today’s premier male vocalists.


His vocals have graced albums by such diverse musical colleagues as Musiq Soulchild, Rachelle Ferrell, Nancy Wilson and Brian Culbertson. He continues to demonstrate his creative stability as a performer, singer, songwriter and producer, earmarking him as a leader amongst artists who are keeping the tradition of classic R&B, Soul music and Gospel very much alive in the 21st century. Kenny is also known for his dramatic stage shows, vocal agility, and romantic ambiance. He has been hailed "modern soul man" on stage by The New York Times.


Although music is Kenny’s dominate muse. He has loaned his talent to the world of TV, film and theatre. He has appeared in numerous television shows such as,” The Young and the Restless”, “Moesha”, “The Parkers”, “Abby”, the movie “The Seat Filler, and recently “Holiday Love” directed by Kim Fields and “A Cross To Bear” for the Gospel Music Channel. In his theatrical journey, Kenny has starred a long side reality television star NeNe Leakes, singer Angie Stone, and supermodel Tyson Beckford in the hit play “Loving Him Is Killing Me.” He also starred in two of Don B. Welch's productions, “Heavenbound” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” along side the talents of actors Vanessa Bell Calloway, Dorien Wilson and hilarious Jackee Harry. Lastly, television legend Ernest Thomas and Bobbi Baker of Tyler Perry’s TV sitcom “The House of Payne” starred with Kenny to rave reviews in the hit stage play “What Ever Happened to Black Love” directed by Thomas Meloncon.


Evolving into a devoted humanitarian, Kenny has extended his influence to several non-profit organizations. In 2008, he served alongside actor Lamman Rucker as spokesperson for Tied To Greatness, an outreach program to improve the self-image of at-risk inner city high school males. In 2009, he served as the spokesperson for The ASHE Foundation, an organization focused on providing shoes and basic necessities to children in African nations who have been orphaned by wars, poverty, and the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS. In early 2011, he established his own non-profit organization, The Kenny Lattimore Foundation, which uses mentoring, education and the arts to transform the lives of young people. Since 1997, he has on many occasions supported the United Negro College Fund in their efforts to encourage college attendance with young people throughout America. Currently he is touring with Brian White, Monique Jackson, Keita Williams (of The T.O. Show) and other celebrities to support the UNCF Empower Me 2011 tour.


Currently in the works is Kenny’s next original recording project “Back 2 Cool” slated to be released in 2012 on his own label SincereSoul Records. As the Washington Post has declared Kenny Lattimore “a new master of the new soul”, Kenny remains committed to making expressive and enduring music that gives him the freedom to be himself.
Leela James
Leela James
Leela James speaks the truth. Never mind hype or spectacle. The acclaimed recording artist appreciates the eternal qualities of an undeniable star — raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that's timeless. All of which are embodied on Leela James' upcoming fourth studio album "Fall For You" and the title track single bearing the same name.

Ms. James first burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. James has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills.

What sets Ms. James apart is her fearless approach to making music. She travels the gamut of emotions from self-doubt to self-confidence, and reminds her audience of what it is to be human – to love, to regret and to dream. "The best artists stay true to who they are, no matter the scale," says James. "I think you can be relevant and still have substance, so I try to never stay in a box. My sound today may be different than where I was five years ago, but my core is always the same. My soul is intact."

For Leela, it's always been about the soul. So much so that she was nicknamed Baby Etta as a little girl growing up in Los Angeles. Along with Chaka Khan and Al Green, she counts Etta James among her vocal heroes and paid homage in 2012 by recording her album Loving You More…In the Spirit of Etta James. Leela's influences run the gamut of vocalists from soul to funk, and jazz, and her interpretation of music touches on synesthetic. "It's the feel of the colors in an artist's voicing and their power. Some artists make the hairs rise on my arm when they hit a certain note. Anybody can hold a tune, but make me feel it. Now that's a sanger. "

James has that kind of a voice — that of a sanger. Her power is obvious when she takes on the soul classics, and what truly resonates is her ability to harness it in the context of her own writing style. "I freestyle in the moment," she says. "I vibe with the music and whatever comes out, that's what it's going to be. I tend to fool around with melodies I'm hearing, and then I go back and fill in lyrics. If the music is making me feel good, that's all I need."

This newfound ease is apparent on her most recent work with tracks like "Say That" and "Fall For You." A magical studio session with her contemporary Hamilton produced the infectious up-tempo single "Say That," which captures James' gutsy range and vocal abilities. The writing process was effortless when working with J Rilla (Jill Scott, Musiq

Soulchild) on "Fall For You." Leela explains, "We knew we wanted to do something special. What it was, I wasn't sure. He sat down at the piano and he said, 'just sing.' It was amazing how it came about. He's playing chords, and me, I'm just opening up my mouth. It was so special." The result is a tender, introspective, and poignant ballad that demonstrates James' maturity, vulnerability and vocal command.

James expanded her musical horizons by procuring a talented cast of collaborators to capture her vision on her new project, including producers Tim and Bob, Shannon Sanders, and Joe Ryan III and writers Rex Rideout (Ledisi, Kem, Luther Vandross) and Francii Richards (Fergie) "I'm drawn to producers that are musicians first and foremost, producers who know how to produce vocals and who want to see a song from beginning to end. I'm drawn to artists who share a love for music."

James is on a slow, steady burn towards musical success. As an artist who is devoted to her craft, she's taken the past several years to cultivate her home life too. "I've become a mommy. I love being a mother. You think you know love, but you don't understand true love until you have a child. I'm in a happy place personally." On her new album she channels that happiness and new sense of self, giving her audience the sound of an artist who is in a truly good, profound space.
Daley
Daley
With his signature black frames and mohawk, Daley's image already surmises his budding status as soul impresario for the 21st century. At only 24-years-old, the homegrown UK singer-songwriter is on his way to redefining the way R&B/Soul not only looks but sounds and feels.

"If you're expecting the same old soul singer, that's not necessarily who I am," the prodigy divulges as perhaps the most telling description of his work. "I call my sound 'future throwback soul' since it's what people love about old soul music, that throwback sound... but I bring it into the future." Growing up in Manchester, he put in his time studying the soul greats of yesterday and today, developing his sound as a teen through bedroom recordings and making his name performing on Britain's underground urban stages. "It was tough fitting into the Manchester music scene which had always been really focused on guitar and dance music, the urban scene was almost non-existent... so, in making those recordings in my bedroom, I figured out how I wanted to sound... It was my training ground. Everything really began there for me. It was the first step in becoming the artist I am today."

He first perked mainstream ears accompanying the Gorillaz on their 2010 chart hit, "Doncamatic," after a mutual friend introduced the group to his music at one of his many London shows. He released the single, "Smoking Gun" in 2011 to impressive airplay, gaining ground as an independent artist on BBC Radio 1xtra and being listed as one of the station's 'Sound of 2011' honorable mentions. He later fueled Wretch 32's "Long Way Home," for which he co-wrote.

His gradual ascent didn't come easy, however. Pulling in favors after nearly being dropped by his label and investing his own money into promotion, Daley completed his EP, "Those Who Wait," spawning his initial viral online success in 2012. "I made the EP a free download because after the Gorillaz track there really wasn't much else out there for people to get ahold of from me and in doing so, it spread around the world and helped me gain the attention of more listeners," he explains. "In being free, it took on a life of its own and became like an introduction for me as an artist... I knew I had to get it heard stateside and that was really the best way."

His second EP, "Alone Together" (also released in 2012) continued his rise with his first stateside single, the subtly seductive "Alone Together" featuring Grammy nominee, Marsha Ambrosius, for which New York R&B radio station WBLS gave its first spins. Since his US debut, he's garnered two Soul Train Award nominations and has racked up over 5 million YouTube/VEVO views with the video for his Jessie J-assisted duet, "Remember Me." Supporting the likes of Miguel and Emeli Sande, along with megastar label mate, Jessie J, he's performed to sold-out audiences around the world and counts icons, George Michael and Bobby Womack, among his fans. 2013 scored Daley his first MOBO nominations, for "Best Newcomer" and "Best R&B Artist," along with a guest spot on Nelly's latest single, "Heaven."

Part of Daley's international appeal comes from his ability to harmonize the sounds of yesterday and tomorrow with the technologies of today. His Twitter hash tag "#ASKDALEY" has trended globally, while he's notably become one of BBC 1xtra Live's most shared acts to date. He says of his digital following: "I can gage people's reactions and I like to hear their feedback. It's important to me to hear how people feel and relate to my music."

All signs point to a massive full-length debut from the artist in 2014. Entitled "Days & Nights," the album balances the bright young star's individual style and awe-worthy falsetto with illuminating vulnerability and substance. "'Days & Nights' is literally my life for the past couple of years. It's trying to balance your career, your love life, your 'everything' and keeping them all in check... it all blurs into one like your days and nights," he describes.

Fusing R&B/Soul aesthetics he grew up on (from Prince's funky fervor to D'Angelo's neo-soul) with sparse electro-ambient stylings, he effectively captures this generation's sonic amalgam. While his palette's rooted in the classics, he pushes music forward with a sound beyond his years. "It's soulful at its core and in terms of sound and production, the album reflects me and my influences -- a combination of US and UK sounds," he details.

On "Be," he employs 80's percussion with moody piano chords to achieve a Sade-like AC stunner. "Blame The World's" boom-bap brass and orchestral backing show off his bombastic versatility, while the empowering "Broken" proves he can easily hold his own as a triumphant balladeer a la Adele. Pharrell's co-production on "Look Up" even reminisces Marvin Gaye's seminal "What's Going On," begging a comparison to the icon's greatest moments.

Tackling the everyday has never sounded so sensuous.

"Days & Nights" welcomes Daley to the world stage without compromise
Venue Information:
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
http://www.merriweathermusic.com/