Broadway vocalist Rosena M. Hill (Come Fly Away, The Color Purple) and her husband, Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band), pay tribute to the legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan. With jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Don Braden, bassist David Wong, drummer Neal Smith, and trumpeter Greg Gisbert the couple together known as “JACK&HILL MUSIC” present a unique musical experience of Jazz, Blues, Broadway, Cabaret, Standards, American Songbook, Spirituals, Latin, and original arrangements into their performances, telling the story of Sarah Vaughan through the music she recorded. Certified jazz royalty, the late, legendary Vaughan (b. 1924 in Newark, NJ) was nicknamed “The Divine One.” Jazz critic Leonard Feather called her “the most important singer to emerge from the bop era.” Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s “greatest singing talent.” The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan keeps her musical legacy alive and introduces new generations to Vaughan’s take on clasiic tunes.
Just got a call to do The Book Of Mormon again tonight. Had to change a few things around but it’s worth it. My chops should be ready to go from last nights gig with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Weeeee……freelance baby!!
My last night playing with trumpeter Trevor Neumann and the band at this incredible production of “Beautiful The Carole King Musical.” I had a blast playing with the orchestra. Thank you Jennifer Wharton for the opportunity.
I remember a time when I got called for two or three New Year’s Eve gigs. I would inevitably have to help people find trombone players to make the gigs.
Fast forward to today. I got an email about a New Year’s Eve gig. It was sent to several players with the thought that it might be hard to find someone quickly. I replied to the email within seven minutes. I was too late. I lost a New Year’s eve gig in seven minutes. On top of that, the gig paid less than a club date!!! Times have changed.