Inaugural Cardinal Jazz Singers Lamarissimo! performance
Lamar University’s acclaimed Lamarissimo! Concert Series concludes Thursday, April 24, with the premiere concert of the Cardinal Jazz Singers. Guest artist Lauren Kinhan, of the Grammy-Award winning New York Voices, will perform at the concert, which will feature classic jazz standards, gospel and sacred music from The Manhattan Transfer, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy and others.
The program, which is sponsored by Entergy Texas, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Julie Rogers Theatre for the Performing Arts.
“The audience can expect a wide variety of beautiful music,” said Rebecca Windham, director of the Cardinal Jazz Singers and instructor of music at Lamar. “We are focused on vocal jazz as an art form, and that’s why we are so excited to have Lauren Kinhan perform at the concert, and also lead a clinic for our students.”
A talented vocalist and composer, Kinhan has been a member of the New York Voices since 1992. Her career with them has taken her all over the world, working with renowned musicians such as Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Bobby McFerrin, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Ivan Lins and The Manhattan Transfer. Kinhan has also released three solo CDs: “Circle in a Square,” “Avalon” and “Hardly Blinking.” She will sing original music from her CDs at the Lamarissimo! concert.
In addition to performing at the concert, Kinhan will host a vocal jazz clinic and master class from 10:30 a.m. to noon on April 24 in the Rothwell Recital Hall at Lamar. The clinic is free and open to the public.
“Lauren has done so much for jazz education with her knowledge and expertise,” said Windham. “I’m thrilled that she can present this clinic and work with our music students.”
There are six members of the Cardinal Jazz Singers. Student members are Hannah Bear of Beaumont; Cameron Brister, Beaumont; Brooke Gipson, Baytown; Enrique Lopez, Fannett; and Rosie Mitchell, Beaumont. Linda Greata, a singer from the Symphony of Southeast Texas chorus, rounds out the group.
Lamar music faculty member and Grammy-Award winner Don Rollins will be featured on saxophone on selected tunes at the concert.
The Lamarissimo! Concert Series is presented by the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.
The Julie Rogers Theatre is at 765 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont. Individual tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students and will be available in the theatre box office beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the performance. Admission is free to students of Lamar University with valid LU identification.