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Jazz It Up Philly presents Philadelphia Blues Review, a musical journey taking you from classic Blues right up to the soulful styling of today's R&B, starring Lisa Chavous and The Philadelphia Blues Messengers. Come see these incredible artists, who revel in the unbridled fun, energy, and musicianship that capture the essence of the Blues, as we present R&B music that has defined many generations. Discounted validated parking right next door. Join us for the After Party Live music with Frankie Velardo
Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing and Fun!
- Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30
- Discounted validated parking right next door.
- Cocktails in the lounge or dinner in the dining room.
100% of the ticket Price Goes To Support Live Jazz and Blues Artist and Supporting Industries In Philadelphia, Enhancing Our Creative Economy. When you buy a ticket you help support Live Jazz & Blues Thrive and Survive.
Starring Lisa Chavous and The Philadelphia Blues Messengers
Meet Lisa Chavous
Indeed, Lisa is frequently compared to Tina Turner, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, and Irma Thomas, who along with Billie Holiday and Mahalia Jackson, are among her primary musical influences. She’s been singing in church and performing in shows since she was five in a career that encompasses jazz, blues, soul, gospel and rock. Lisa sees her diverse musical background as a way to bring people together, and a way to connect with any and all audiences.
“I played and recorded sax with Jonny Copeland, and I’ve known Shemikia Copeland since she was a little girl, when I was on the road with her father. I’ve got to tell you the best female blues vocalist to come along since Shemikia is without a doubt, Lisa Chavous,” - Byard Lancaster (the late jazz and blues sax great, and the man who discovered Kevin Eubanks, the Roots, and Stanley Clark.)
Since winning first place as the best new artist in the Temple University WRTI jazz radio talent search, Lisa Chavous has been tearing up the Mid-Atlantic music scene. Lisa has performed at the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival where she opened for War, South Street Festival, the Media Blues Festival, the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts, the Paoli Blues Festival, the Trenton Jazz Festival, Yachtstock, the Electric Factory, and the Philadelphia Academy of Music.
Lisa is a true professional, and a no nonsense musician’s musician who has been paying her dues, and developing her craft, singing 3 to 4 nights a week on the Philadelphia music scene. “I just love singing for people and performing with all the great cats in Philly. I’ve been developing my own vocal style, which is Philly blues and jazz with a touch of soul. And I sing from my soul, and my life, so it goes straight to the heart.”
Ardvark Felon is the clever anagram/alias for the Philly musician,Frank Velardo. His band is an original mix of blues, funk, jazz and rock and roll roots. Velardo is an extremely animated player who is captivating to watch. People are amazed by his group’s musicianship, but the real distinguishing factor is that it is clear that they love what they do. Their passion shines throughout the performance. They are themselves. No gimmicks - just good grooves and feelings all night. They create a fun, positive atmosphere and it’s nearly impossible not to move to their beat. Audience members leave with a feeling of connectedness, and beyond all else, that is the goal of the band. Music is the vessel.
"Frankie Velardo is young, talented and engaging, a great addition to the rhythm and blues scene here in Philadelphia"
Entertainment Manager, The Twisted Tail
Your Master of Ceremonies Buddy Scheerer
Buddy Scheerer is currently Director of Sales for The Philly POPS; his eighth year with the company. He has held positions with such local cultural organizations as The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. He is an ambassador of all things music and very much enjoys connecting audience and performance; he may also enjoy the spotlight…just a little.
The experience that is Vesper.
A hideaway in the heart of Philadelphia, Vesper is a modern-day supper club with an Old World feel. We invite diners into an era when meals are events to look forward to and luxuriate over: appreciating the complexity of a cocktail, every fresh ingredient, and your companion’s conversation.
With its shadowy past of mob deals, bathtub gin, and general debauchery, Vesper was re-invented in 2015 by owners Brendan Smith, Chuck Ercole, and John Barry. The restaurant is a relaxing, removed oasis for an entire evening’s worth of entertainment.
During Vesper Club’s mid-century incarnation, prohibition lured out a mischievous side in every person, however there were also stringent rules of etiquette to abide by in polite society. Etiquette guides offered advice such as “do not shake a lady’s hand first, let her do it.”
While we’re not so stuffy or particular nowadays, we pride ourselves on offering a refined environment for enjoying a cocktail after work, a client lunch, or date night. We advise ‘smart casual’ dress and appreciate your leaving flip flops and baseball hats for more desultory environments.
At Vesper, you may come for Happy Hour and wind up dancing to our live music until last call. We recommend making meal reservations and allowing yourself to open up to an evening of possibilities.
Come Join The Fun an Have A Great Time With Us!
When & Where
Jazz It Up Philly
Jazz It Up Philly will give Philadelphians and their neighbors an extraordinary evening of live Jazz and Blues entertainment. These monthly live shows that will feature live Jazz and Blues bands and vocalists from the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware area. Website: JazzItUpPhilly.com; To Sponsor an Event Call 267-888-6440. Sponsored By: