Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 8pm Branice McKenzie Quartet @ 57TH STREET GALLERY
Branice McKenzie Quartet QUARTET Featuring @ 57TH STREET GALLERY
Branice McKenzie – Vocals
TBA – Bass
Jaz Sawyer – Drums
5701 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 654-6974Open Tue-Sat 10am-7pm
Subway: Rockridge BART
Admission fee is $15.00/$5.00 fee for dinner.
Branice McKenzie’s career includes everything from jazz to theater to prolific songwriting.Some of her credits include critically acclaimed performances at The Newport Jazz Festival, The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and The Umbria Jazz Festival.On the theatrical stage she has created roles in Shades Of Harlem, Sing Sister Singand Jazz Alley. As a composer and music director, she has penned music for Shelter, Shades Of Harlem and Blackbirds of Courage, as well as her latest work, This World Is Mine: A Musical Revue for Children. She is a recipient of the Meet The Composer grant from New York State and also made her directorial debut with the World Premier of the family musical Celebrate Kwanzaa at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Branice has also just completed a song for the film short, Gentelle’s Wings entitled, I Fly, which is the title song of her recently released CD.
Branice’s incredible four-octave voice and magnificent song stylings have been hailed throughout the world. For almost ten years, she toured with Harry Belafonte, then went on to spend sixteen years with the late great Gregory Hines. She has also performed with Roberta Flack, Hugh Masekela, Carly Simon, BeBe Winans, Dianne Reeves, Peggy Leeand Miriam Makeba to name a few. She has and continues to perform all over the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.
In 2005, Branice was invited to Russia to perform at Moscow’s premier jazz club, Le Club and with Jazz Symphonic Strings at the historic Tchaikovsky Hall. A royal command performance in Morocco colors her performance palette as well as just completing a second successful run as an original cast member of the critically acclaimed I Can’t Stop Loving You – the Music of Ray Charles in Lyons, France. She was also the conductor of the Youth Chorale for the West Coast premier of INDABAwritten by and performed with Sweet Honey In The Rock. Her youth choir garnered stellar praise from all fronts for their performance at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA.
Contact : Contact@57thStreetGallery.com
Reservations are HIGHLY recommended. Doors Open 1 hour prior. First come first seated unless reservations have been made.