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Norman Connors and Jean Carne tribute to Phyllis Hyman

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The Promontory,

5311 South Lake Park Avenue West

Chicago, IL 60615

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Norman Connors and Jean Carne tribute to Phyllis Hyman

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All Ages

Doors 6:00pm

Ends 8:30pm

Table Seating $60

Reserved Row Seating

$45 Advance

$50 At Door

Standing Lounge

$30 Advance

$35 At Door

First 50 online ticket buyers receive access to meet & greet one hour prior to doors!

For Norman Connors, music was a matter of destiny, not choice. It is the kismet that allowed the multi-faceted and dynamic musician at the tender age of 16 to perform alongside legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and travel to NY with nothing but his drum sticks and $20 in his pocket, only to end up landing a full scholarship to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. Norman Connors would go on to discover such revered vocalists as Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill, DeeDee Bridgewater and Jean Carne, produce a track for the iconic Stevie Wonder and create of R&B’s greatest ‘Quiet Storm’ anthems with Michael Henderson’s, “You Are My Starship.” This 1976 chart-topping single, that has been sampled by everyone from LL Cool J to Snoop Dogg, went on to spawn an entire genre of music fusing the worlds of jazz and R&B. The multi-platinum selling producer and instrumentalist released his critically acclaimed record, Star Power in 2009.

Now, Norman is joining forces once again with Jean Carne in tribute to Phyllis Hyman!

Jean Carne dashed her plans to attend Juilliard School of Music in New York when she partnered with her then husband, Doug Carn and became a trend setting jazz-fusion tradition. The couple based themselves in Hollywood, California, where they were invited by Earth Wind And Fire leader, Maurice White to appear on the groups first 2 recordings “Earth Wind And Fire” and “The Need Of Love”. Doug and Jean soon released the first of three early albums - "Infant Eyes," followed by "Spirit Of The New Land," and "Revelation" on Black Jazz/Ovation Records. Jean’s vocal interpretations of instrumental classics brought by Jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner and Horace Silver, expanded the display of her musical abilities to Jazz lovers, worldwide. As feature Singer and vocal arranger for Norman Connors, Jean recalls with fondness, vocal coaching and producing Glen Jones, Phyllis Hyman and Michael Henderson, with whom she recorded 1975 hit “Valentine Love”.

With artistic and critical successes in tow, Carne moved to Motown Records in 1982, making her label debut with the album Trust Me. The single "If You Don't Know Me By Now," a cover of the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes hit with backing vocals by The Temptations received rave reviews. Her career continued and thanks to what she describes as her "devoted following," Carne continued to perform internationally.

In 1987, before signing with the Omni/Atlantic label, Jean added an “e” to her last name on the advice of numerologist, Lloyd Strayhorn. To reward her name change, Closer Than Close, produced by and featuring saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. was released in July of that year and the title track went to number one R&B. Jean has recorded and shared the stage with some of music’s most prolific Artists, Producers and Songwriters over the years, including Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, The O’Jays, Phyllis Hyman, among other stellar Performers. Carne has also acted as vocal coach for numerous Singers in the music fraternity including the Supremes’ Mary Wilson and Michael Jackson.

Whether you happen to be fortunate enough to catch Jean Carne performing a gospel classic in Church on Sunday, a Puccini Aria in a Concert Hall, her number one recording before a packed stadium crowd, or perhaps a Disco Classic in a Hit Movie; your musical hunger is sure to be more than quenched.

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