First Monday Jazz featuring Donica Lynn

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First Monday Jazz featuring Donica Lynn

First Monday Jazz returns for October with a performance from Donica Lynn.

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Green Line Performing Arts Center 329 East Garfield Boulevard Chicago, IL 60637

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Launched in 2013, First Monday Jazz is a monthly ode to the deep cultural history of the Arts Block and Washington Park. With a musical legacy that can be traced to the early 1940s, the Arts Block transforms as an impressive roster of Chicago-based musicians take over the Green Line Performing Arts Center stage. October’s First Monday Jazz featured artist is Donica Lynn.

She will be joined by Kael Mboya on keys and Michael Lockett on percussion.

Hailed a “Show-stopping” voice by the Chicago Sun-Times, Donica Lynn is a powerhouse vocalist. A Chicago Tribune Person of the Year in Theatre 2016 and one of Dean Richards' of WGN's favorite voices in Chicago, her singing prowess and fierce acting chops catapulted her to stardom following her heart-wrenching performance as Effie White in Porchlight Music Theatre’s revival of Dreamgirls; earning her Chicago’s Jeff Award, a Time Out Award, a Black Theatre Alliance Award, as well as an African American Arts Alliance nomination and nomination. Other Porchlight Music Theatre credits include the titular role of Sally Adams in Call Me Madam, Jeff nominated performances in both Sophisticated Ladies & recently Blues In The Night, alongside longtime friend, mentor, and Tony Nominee Felicia P. Fields. Other theatrical credits: Smokey Joe's Cafe (Jeff Nomination) Hairspray, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida, Rock of Ages, & 42nd Street Ghost (Jeff Award Win), The Color Purple, Barnum, A Wonder In My Soul, Confessions of a P.I.M.P. with Tony Award-winning friend Andre de Shields, Caroline or Change (Court Theater), Fiorello (Timeline Theatre Co.), Lady in Denmark (Goodman), Black Nativity (Congo Square Theatre Co./Goodman), Train Is Comin’ (Chicago Theater Co.), This Far By Faith, Good Black (ETA Creative Arts Foundation), Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie (Chicago Opera Theatre), and Once On This Island (Marriott), etc. Donica is a Beauty In Beauty Out recipient and as a multi-hyphenated artist Donica has taught voice & speech, directed, assistant directed, stage managed, and is currently writing two plays. She's had two #1 house songs overseas "Shout" & "Keep Rockin", in addition to being a featured vocalist on Ramsey Lewis' Dance of the Soul album where she covered “Portuguese Love”. A member of AEA and AGMA, as a recording artist Donica has performed, recorded, lent backgrounds, studio vocals, or toured with artists ranging from Mariah Carey, New Kids on the Block, Natalie Cole to Chicago's own Tammy McCann. Lynn is a mother, wife, grandmother, fighter, and advocate. As an alumni member of Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, giving back is in her soul. So beyond the stage Lynn is always donating her time wherever and whenever she can. A two-time brain tumor survivor, having battled a third for 11yrs, she's blessed to continue using her artistic platforms to support fellow artists through her work with Season of Concern. Everything is always for Kipp, Sahm, Mama, Aerial, Sabastian, Carrie & the Village.