This month, The Jazz Café at Ethical is our holiday party!
“Kojak makes those keys vibrate with a rhythmic intensity that supports the lyrics and takes the singer (and the audience) on a musical adventure.” -Paulanne Simmons, Theater Pizzazz
Come celebrate the holidays with Daryl Kojak and Maggie Dee, backed by the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio!
Daryl Kojak, pianist, arranger, producer, musical director, composer and songwriter, is honored to have worked with a long list of talent, including Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Phoebe Snow, Ben Vereen, Sheila Jordan. Michael Feinstein, Jane Monheit, Cheryl Bentyne, Kristin Chenoweth, George Coleman, Randy Brecker, Catherine Russell, Kurt Elling, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
Daryl has been honored with The Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Director; The Caribbean Gospel Music Award for Top Gospel Arranger; The MAC Award for Best Jazz Group; and with Laurie Krauz, The Bistro Award for Outstanding Theme Show for Tapestry Rewoven.
He has composed and scored music for film, television, stage, artist recordings and video games. Daryl’s notating and engraving work includes Boston Pops (for Robert Rines) and The Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra (for Byron Olson.) www.darylkojak.com
Maggie Dee has been delighting audiences throughout the metropolitan area with her dazzling renditions of the Great American Song Book and jazz standards. The various night spots where she’s performed include Don’t Tell Mama, The Triad, Margarita’s Café, the Huntington Hilton, and more. She’s delighted to be returning to perform with her new partner at the Jazz Café at Ethical.
Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour. Sign up to perform, sit back and enjoy, and get up and dance if the spirit moves you!
The Jazz Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks. Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad.
The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist. He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few. Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room. Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter. “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).