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Joan Belgrave Sings Dinah Washington: Featuring the Lisa McCall Dancers.
Joan Belgrave (vocalist, producer, and songwriter) began her musical career like so many others, singing in the choir of the Baptist church. While her gospel roots run deep, (as did Dinah’s), her study of classical voice allowed her to perform in various genres of music from Jazz, Blues and Gospel, to Soul. She has her own powerful jazzy/blues style, and lists Billie Holiday as her influence. On this, “Joan Sings Dinah Washington” show, she performs songs from Dinah’s hits’ on the Blues, Jazz and R&B charts. While Dinah was born in Alabama, later moving to Chicago, you will learn of Dinah’s deep Detroit connections in Belgrave’s tribute to her.
Calling herself the “Queen of the Blues” and considered “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s,” Dinah Washington, was born Ruth Lee Jones (1924 – 1963). She was recognized mainly as a jazz vocalist, though she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues, R&B, and traditional pop music. Ain’t Misbehavin, Unforgettable, What a Diff’rence a Day Makes, Teach Me Tonight, and Please Send Me Someone to Love were among her many hit songs.
Joan is joined on stage by her husband, the noted Detroit trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave, surrounded by an equally significant cadre of noted jazz musicians including Marcus Elliott – Tenor, Michael Malis -Piano, Marion Hayden – Bass, Gayelynn McKinney – Drums, and Al Chishom (The Contours ) – on vocals with special guest – Jeff Haas. Rounding out the production will be the Lisa McCall Dancers.
Tickets are $27 advance, $30 at the door and $24 for museum members plus fees. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Museum Box office at 231.995.1553 or on line at www.dennosmuseum.org, also at 1-800.836.0717 or www.MyNorthTickets.com.