Lonni Davis, a New Orleans native who has called Charlotte home for the past decade, is president of the Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) where she has been instrumental in the creation of programs that educate local students; such as the Youth Jazz Workshops, the Jazz Arts Music Camp and the Jazz in Schools program. And, with the JAI’s highly acclaimed, regularly sold-out monthly series; The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theater; Lonnie and her husband Ocie have created an oasis for parched jazz fans from around the country who now call the Queen City home. They have also been credited by many with turning Charlotte into one of the fastest growing local jazz scenes in the U.S.
Already, in this season, The Jazz Room’s seventh, there have been acclaimed tributes to Louis Armstrong and Sarah Vaughan as well as Jazz Room at the Symphony, a thrilling jazz meets classical performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra that brought the Knight Theatre audience to its feet.
Lonnie Davis joins me, CurtJazz, during the second hour of JAZZ LIVES!!! on Thursday, May 19th, to talk about upcoming performances in The Jazz Room, such as bassist Tim Singh and the QC Latin Jazz Orchestra, paying tribute to Tito Puente on Friday, May 20th. She will also share information about exciting, upcoming JAI educational events, like the Jazz Arts Music Camp in June, with guest artist in residence, vibraphonist/drummer Jason Marsalis. And since we do celebrate the music of living jazz artists on JAZZ LIVES!!!, Lonnie and I will discuss and play, music by some of the great musicians who live in the Carolinas.
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Curtis “CurtJazz” Davenport ~ JAZZ LIVES!!!