Laney College Student Life and the President's Office presents
a Peace Offering Concert
Featuring Lena Sunday Quartet, The John Santos Quintet,
and special guest Lawrence Beamen
On Friday April 19 at the Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center
at Laney College
Doors 7pm / Show at 8pm / All Ages
Tickets: $18 adv / $25 at door
Friday April 19 at Laney College O'Dell Performing Arts Theater, The Laney College Student Life Council and the Office of the President, Dr. Elnora Webb, invites you to join in a Peace Concert to support non-violence in the community. Since December 2012, Laney College has lost three students to senseless violence and so we invite the community to come share in a night of music, uplift and a take away message that we can all do something to promote peace around us.
Performing this night is the Bay Area Blues and Jazz Songstress Lena Sunday Quartet, Master Percussionist John Santos Quintet and the incomprable vocalist Lawerence Beamen. This will be a night that will make you want sing, dance, reflect and uplift!
About Lena Sunday - www.bohemiansun9.com
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Lena Sunday's voice is described as a combination of Ella Fitzgerald's pure and high notes, Sara Vaughn's smoky lows, and Billie Holiday's clear and brassy texture, mixed in with her own flavors, she has defined her own sound. Singing with beautiful pure tones at times with such tenderness, only then to surprise you with a surge of power that has brought people to their feet and many to tears. She delivers Jazz, with skilled precision, mixed with a sassy soulfulness, and an honesty, passion and sincerity, as if she is pulling from deep down into her soul and giving you a gift.
Lena is a previous Laney College employee and left to fight and win the battle of cancer, and thus returning to her true gift of blessing people with her voice. Lena proudly brings her music this night. She has recorded with Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson and many more.
About John Santos - www.johnsantos.com
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Five-time Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, and his stellar Sextet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. Organized in 2003, they specialize in educational presentations from lecture/demonstrations to detailed clinics focusing on any number of relevant subjects such as composition, arrangement, rhythmic development, stylistic interpretation, studio performance, etc. Their repertoire consists of exciting arrangements from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the US, as well as original compositions. Their first CD, Papa Mambo, was released on John’s Machete Records label in the Summer of 2007. Their second CD, Perspectiva Fragmentada, was released in October, 2008. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, The John Santos Sextet presents a wide range of styles and rhythms for audiences of all ages.
About Lawrence Beamen
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Lawrence Beamen from a small town in Mississippi has a bass, baritione voice that has captivating hearts since the age of six. Determined to rise above his humble beginnings, Lawrence pursued his passion with an intense focus.
In 2001, Lawrence founded the GBP Recording Studio in Walnut Creek, CA to work more closely with renowned artists, including Andréa Crouch, Chuckii Booker, Narada Michael Walden, and many others. It was there that he recorded his ﬁrst CD, which sold over 120,000 copies with no formal distribution.
In 2009, Lawrence was one of 40 contestants selected from thousands across the country, to compete on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent. Lawrence’s rendition of “Ole Man River” evoked powerful emotions in viewers, and brought the studio audience and judges to their feet. He won the hearts of the judges, received millions of votes from fans across America and made it to the top five finalist.
Lawrence has also performed in local venues and around the world for diverse audiences such as former President Bill Clinton; NAACP honoring Ms. Rosa Parks; Vatican City, Rome; Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. - Congressional Gold Medal of Honor Ceremony; Congresswoman Barbara Lee Fundraiser; Oakland International Film Festival; California Pacific Medical Center for African American Breast Health; 15th Annual American Society of Young Musicians Awards; National Anthem for San Francisco Giants – Oakland A's Golden State Warriors; to opening for music artists such as Patti LaBelle and Kirk Franklin and the Nu Nation.
Friday April 19 Doors at 7pm / Show at 8pm
Laney College O'Dell Johnson Performing Arts Center
900 Fallon Street
Oakland CA 94607
100% of all proceeds directly benefit Laney College Student Engagement Activities for Peace. For more information please contact Stephanie Dalton at firstname.lastname@example.org / 510.464.3235.