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The Jazz Cocktail “Hour”

About the Jazz Cocktail “Hour”

Great jazz for everyone! The evening begins with drinks or a signature cocktail, and small bites. Concerts are held on the second floor, The Univest Room, of  the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. This intimate room allows the audience to experience the creative, improvisational form of jazz, up close and personal. Sara Michaels, jazz and blues vocalist and local resident, gives a brief introduction to connect the artist with the audience.

 

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September

Sherry Wilson Butler & The Aaron Graves Quartet

Thursday, September 19, 2019 6:30pm

Stand up, sit down, clap your hands, and experience this passionate, & spirit filled woman interpreting upbeat contemporary jazz, R&B, pop, and gospel.  Butler haunts audiences with influences of Betty Carter, Diane Reeves, Phylis Hyman, Nina Simone, and Sarah Vaughn.

Aaron Graves has been blessed to perform and/or record with Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Brown, Jr., Dakota Stanton, Houston Person, Marlena Shaw and many others.

TICKETS

ADULT $28 in advance $33 at the door

STUDENT $15 in advance $20 at the door

Includes crudités and light hors d’oeuvres from Spence Café

October

Funky Friday with Cedric Napoleon Quartet 

and Special Guest Suzanne Burgess

Friday, October 25, 2019 7:30pm
Running Time: approx 2HRS

Grammy nominated Bassist and one of the founding member of Jazz / R&B legends PIECES OF A DREAM, Cedric A. Napoleon first toured and recorded with the Manhattans and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and later toured exclusively with Grover Washington Jr.

Since that time, Napoleon has shared the stage with such notable figures as Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill, Patti Labelle, Jeffery Osborne, Stevie Wonder, Cuba Gooding Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, Dizzy Gillespie, and a host of others.

He launched his own solo career in 2013, and released his first solo album in 2016, Yesterday Today. 

“Soul is the feeling of the spirit and jazz is the access to it,” explains Napoleon.

TICKETS

ADULT $25 in advance $33 at the door

STUDENT $15 in advance $20 at the door

There will be a $3 per ticket service fee with every order.