There is another side to The Smith Center. An intimate and stylish venue where you can grab a bite, lift a glass and enjoy a true cabaret-style experience. This is Cabaret Jazz, an elegant yet easygoing club where you can be entertained by the finest musicians from across the country. Located across from Reynolds Hall inside the Boman Pavilion, it’s the kind of place where live music can truly come alive.
Taking no prisoners, New York City’s favorite new horn-powered band has turned Jazz into Rock & Roll, and their triumphant fanfare reminds a quickly growing fan-base that soulfulness does come from anywhere.
Touted as “the best damn band you’ve ever seen,” The Rad Trads have quickly gained a reputation as one of New York’s most entertaining live acts. They bring their love of the game to a diverse style of soulful American music, with influences ranging from early jazz to New Orleans brass band and funk, to the Chicago and Delta blues, to Rock & Roll. Featuring four powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three captivating lead vocalists, The Rad Trads consistently win over audiences with their relentless energy, charisma, and enthusiasm.
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Award winning (Best of Las Vegas 2013-Review Journal) Trumpeter, Composer, and Conductor brings his newest musical creation “David Perrico – Pop Strings Orchestra” to Cabaret Jazz. A celebrated trumpeter, Perrico leads the 15-piece ensemble of strings, horns and rhythm section, featuring Naomi Mauro and Eric Sean’s powerful vocals. Like Perrico’s other musical production, “Pop Evolution,” the Pop Strings Orchestra is comprised of musicians who perform with Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Donny & Marie and Terry Fator. Performances will feature Perrico’s arrangements of diverse repertoire by Puccini, Gershwin, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Harold Arlen, Chick Corea, Maroon 5 and new original compositions by Perrico & Mauro.
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“Ann Hampton Callaway mesmerizes audience with tribute to Sarah Vaughan.”
Ann Hampton Callaway’s new record, “From Sassy To Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project,” goes a long way in establishing Ann as one of the premier jazz voices in the world. It is Callaway’s first live solo CD, recorded at the height of her vocal and interpretive powers. Now she’s taking this award winning show on the road and Callaway’s amazing band puts their stamp of expressive originality on the Vaughan classics.
BroadwayWorld.com awarded The Sarah Vaughan Project “Tribute Show of the Year” as well as Ann’s group with “Best Band”. Callaway aptly captures the magic and spontaneity of live performance. She adds, “Jazz is at its most raw, real and in the moment when there’s an audience to communicate to. It inspired Sarah, and it certainly inspires me to dig deeper into the stories of these songs and really let go.”
Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote of her performance, “Ann Hampton Callaway, like the great jazz diva Sarah Vaughan, has a voice so rich, flexible and extravagantly gorgeous that it hardly matters what use she puts it to…The show was a meticulously constructed, deliberately paced program…at moments you could almost hear Vaughan coming through her.”
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Goapele (pronounced gwa-puh-lay), which means “to move forward” in Setswana has been doing just that, moving forward and making her presence felt in the music industry since 2001 as an American soul and R&B singer/songwriter. She is currently gearing up for the release of her new album “Strong As Glass” on October 21st, 2014 featuring her single Hey Boy. Produced by Keith Harris, known for hits like “Meet Me Halfway” (Black Eyed Peas) and “American Boy” (Estelle) and a collaborative songwriting process, which included Estelle, Hey Boy is a fun, summer track with an up-tempo, flirty retro vibe that makes you want to dance. The new album Strong As Glass is being released on BMG Primary Wave / Skyblaze Recordings, and will be Goapele’s fourth studio album. She worked closely with executive producer Keith Harris, who helped push the songstress creatively, which you hear throughout the dynamic project. She also worked with R&B veteran Eric Benet and producer Demonte Posey to finish this genre-bending record. There are upbeat tracks mixed with powerful ballads, hard-hitting drums, classic Goapele vocals and even a duet with one of R&B’s top artists.
Goapele’s upbringing in her hometown of Oakland, California combined with ethnic influences from her South African father and New York-born Israeli Jewish mother have created a unique artist with a passion for her music and her community. Once called the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo” by Rolling Stone magazine, Goapele has both a sensuous and serious voice that is making a difference in the music world by blending genres including jazz, soul, and hip-hop, infused with her own poetry.
Following her time getting an education at Berklee College of Music, Goapele debuted her musical talent with a self-released album Closer in 2001. At its peak, Closer was #63 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. This would not be her only taste of the Billboard ranks. In 2004, her first nationally distributed album, Even Closer, reached #24 on the Billboard Charts for Top Independent Albums. Her other Billboard accolades include her 2006 album, Change it All, which was both #32 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and #2 on the Top Heatseekers, while the single “First Love” reached #18 on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay.
Goapele’s last album release in 2011, Break of Dawn, is her most diverse and exciting project to date. The music includes sophisticated songs revolving around love, loss, and all of life in between. “I came into this business as a young woman who wanted to be taken seriously for my music, but, now I’m more willing to share my sexiness as well. I realize that it’s possible to be both complex and provocative,” Goapele says. By collaborating with an array of creative folks including Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Bobby Ozuma, Malay and Bedrock, this is also the first project Goapele has worked with other songwriters. Break of Dawn reveals many experiences that define Goapele, from the birth of her daughter, to tragic losses.
Throughout her career Goapele has appeared on several well-known shows like Soul Train, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and has been praised in many prestigious magazines such as Rolling Stone, Nylon, Billboard, Essence and Vibe. Goapele has also proven to be a savvy businesswoman. She is a UNIQLO ambassador and is part of the UNIQLO campaign, which is a clothing company designed for people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, etc., as well as members of all communities and social groups.
Perhaps, her most endearing quality is her constant work with the community to give back to people in need. She has performed at rallies, demonstrations, and various political events around the world. In 2006 the California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights honored her with its first ever Human Rights Cultural Hero Award.
Goapele’s love and passion for the world pours out into her music and her “smoky and sensual” voice, as described by Billboard magazine, is sure to make your day.
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The acclaimed singer named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis, Jr. Foundation award, performs a spellbinding evening of James Taylor classics that’s both live and alive.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 8:30p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2015, 8:30p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2015, 2:00p.m.