Headed to the Richmond Jazz Festival this weekend, still deciding, or just want to know what you’ll be missing? Here’s a quick rundown of some of the artists who are scheduled to perform.
Pictured: Vocalist Chaka Khan is schedule to perform at the Richmond Jazz Festival this weekend. Credit: Chrisna Herbst
Headed to the Richmond Jazz Festival this weekend, still deciding, or just want to know what you’ll be missing? Here’s a quick rundown of some of the artists who are scheduled to perform. Part two will follow on Friday.
Latest album: “Funk This” (Burgundy Records 2007), which won a Grammy award for Best R&B album.
Claims to fame: Songs “Tell Me Something Good” with Rufus, “I’m Every Woman.”
Latest album: “The Stanley Clarke Band” (Heads Up 2010) with Hiromi.
Claims to fame: Bassist for 1970s jazz fusion group Return to Forever. Played on albums by Paul McCartney, Freddie Hubbard, Aretha Franklin, Art Blakey, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, Frank Foster, Maynard Ferguson, Carlos Santana, McCoy Tyner, Tony Williams, Al DiMeola, and more.
Latest album: “Sending My Love” (2010)
Claims to fame: Won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Category in 2002 for album “Just Chillin’.” Has performed with Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, and Kirk Whalum.
Wikipedia says: “His music can be heard during The Weather Channel’s ‘Local on the 8s’ segments.”
Latest album: “Psychadelic Blues” (2009)
Claims to fame: Won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2000 for his album “Latin Soul.” Has performed with Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Hugh Masakela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Led by Sammie “Big Sam” Williams (trombonist)
Latest album: King of the Party (2010)
Claims to fame: Williams is a member of Dirty Dozen Brass Band and has a recurring role in the new HBO Original Series, Treme. He learned only in adulthood that he is the great-grandson of Buddy Bolden, the famed New Orleans cornetist. Big Sam’s Funky Nation is prone to playing covers like “Crazy, Inc.,” “Golddigger,” and “No Diggity.”
Sharon Rae North
Latest album: “The Way You Make Me Feel” (2007)
Other: Based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Latest album: This Is How I Rock (2010)
Other: Based in Washington, D.C.
Latest album: “On The Move” (2008)
Other: Based in Tampa, Florida. Will be a guest performer with Marcus Johnson.
Latest album: “So Far”
Other: Born in Haiti. Calls his music “neo soul jazz.”
Check back on Friday for part 2.
The Richmond Jazz Festival will take place Saturday, August 14, and Sunday, August 15, at Maymont Park and will feature Chaka Khan, Poncho Sanchez, Chuck Mangione, Boney James, Ledisi, Stanley Clarke, Norman Brown, Plunky and Oneness, and more. For more information and for ticket sales, visit jazzatmaymont.com.