Matthew McGee & Whitney James:  A Tribute to New York City
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Matthew McGee & Whitney James: A Tribute to New York City

Take a bite out of the “Big Apple” with the talented Matthew McGee and Whitney James as they pay tribute to New York City.   McGee and James join forces marrying classic songs from the worlds of musical theatre and jazz in this intimate cabaret setting as they honor “The City That Never Sleeps”.  Some of the songs performed by the duo will be New York State of Mind, How About You?, New York, New York, The Great City, Manhattan Avenue and more!  McGee and James will be accompanied by Alejandro Arenas on bass, Mark Feinman on drums of La Lucha, Simon Lasky on piano.

To purchase tickets visit American Stage.

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Whitney joins The Carolina Philharmonic for an afternoon of music and education
Apr
1
to Apr 2

Whitney joins The Carolina Philharmonic for an afternoon of music and education

The Carolina Philharmonic was created in 2009 by Maestro David Michael Wolff. Maestro Wolff launched The Carolina Philharmonic (TCP) with a singular goal: to create a Symphony Orchestra that would not simply embrace audiences of all ages, but reach out to our audiences for support to bring Music Education to children.

Whitney will be joining TCP as Master of Ceremonies for their Link Up Education Series: The Orchestra Sings. The Orchestra Sings was created in partnership with The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. Every year TCP brings the joy of music to over 3,500 children through three innovative programs. Those programs are Encore Kids (grades K-2), Link Up (grades 3-5) and Junior Orchestra (grades 3-12). Through interactive musical experiences and curricula, we're pushing the boundaries of the possible while exploring cutting edge trends in the field of Music Education. Along the way, we're impacting the lives of countless children.

Whitney is thrilled to be joining The Carolina Philharmonic for this wonderful program of beautiful music and educational outreach to children.

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The Secret World:  The Music of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

The Secret World: The Music of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

It’s in the trees! It’s coming! Put on your red shoes and come to The Palladium as St. Pete’s own 20-piece megasuperband The Florida Bjorkestra returns with The Secret World: The Music of Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush. Ronnie Dee and Whitney James return as Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.
 
For the first set, one song from every Peter Gabriel album dating all the way back to Genesis’ Selling England By The Pound will be played in chronological order. Then Whitney James takes center stage for a set of Kate Bush songs from albums like The Sensual World, Lionheart, Never For Ever and The Dreaming. The show will also feature duets with other Bjorkestra members Jamie Perlow, Kasondra Rose and Colleen Cherry!
 
This is the first time TFB pulls shows out of the vault. If you missed their sold-out Kate Bush show in July 2016, or their (also sold-out) Peter Gabriel show in December 2016, grab your things the Bjorkestra’s come to take you home again.
 
Bring your boom boxes with you, hold them high over your head. Dress up in your finest Wuthering Heights attire. Wear the red shoes. Bring a stuffed monkey. WE SEE YOU out there!

Visit The Palladium to purchase tickets.

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Swing into Spring Concert at Peace Memorial Church
Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Swing into Spring Concert at Peace Memorial Church

Whitney will be joined by La Lucha for “Swing into Spring” a Jazz Concert Series at Peace Memorial Church from 3 - 5 PM. Some of the Spring themed jazz standards performed will be It Might As Well Be Spring, Spring is Here, Up Jumped Spring and more favorites! Join us for a wonderful afternoon of jazz in the gorgeous Peace Memorial Church.

Visit Peace Memorial Church for more information. 

 

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Whitney James' Jazz Valentine
Feb
14
8:00 PM20:00

Whitney James' Jazz Valentine

A night of music for lovers and jazz lovers. Celebrate Valentine’s night with Whitney James for her Annual Jazz Valentine concert at The Palladium’s intimate Side Door. James and her band will set the mood for love with a repertoire that includes timeless love songs like “You Taught My Heart To Sing,” “Make Someone Happy,” “In A Sentimental Mood,” “Lilac Wine” and “My Funny Valentine.” The Whitney James Quintet features LaRue Nickelson on guitar and La Lucha Trio – Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums. If music be the food of love, play on!
 
James pairs incredible vocal skill with intimate, meaningful interpretations. She brings flawless intonation, a broad range of colors and sounds, and an instrumentalist’s sensibility to the bandstand. Her 2010 debut album, The Nature of Love spent four months on the jazz charts and was widely hailed by U.S. and International jazz press. In 2012, James was chosen as one of the top twelve ‘Rising Stars’ in the world of jazz and was featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Rising Stars on NPR hosted by Jon Weber. Tune into WUSF 89.7 FM to listen to James as a host on All Night Jazz Sunday evenings.
 
La Lucha is Alejandro Arenas, on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums. The band createa music that transcends genres and classifications and was awarded Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay Jazz Ensemble” in 2013, 2014 & 2015.
 
LaRue Nickelson is a jazz guitarist and composer who has performed with Chick Corea, Peter Erskine, Jeff Berlin, Ira Sullivan, Ingrid Jensen, Don Braden, Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, David Leibman, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, among others, and recorded with Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, The Michael Ross Quartet, Greenwich Blue, Shawn Ashby, Kristen Lomholt, Mark Gould, and Cory Christiansen. Nickelson has 40 compositions to his credit. His first solo project Dark Water reached critical jazz acclaim.

For tickets visit The Palladium online.

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Whitney James Quartet
Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney James Quartet

Whitney is thrilled to be kicking off the new Monday Night Jazz Series for the Sarasota Jazz Club. She will be joined by La Lucha featuring Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums. They will be playing music from the Great American Songbook and “New Standards”.

For tickets and information please visit Sarasota Jazz Club.

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Whitney & Synia - Singin' & Swingin' II
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

Whitney & Synia - Singin' & Swingin' II

The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association is thrilled to start 2019 with a concert featuring jazz vocalists Whitney James & Synia Carroll. Whitney & Synia will be Singin’ & Swingin’ II with Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums at the American Stage Theatre, and joined by special guest saxophonist, Daniel Jordan. This special evening of jazz will feature Whitney and Synia signing original duet arrangements of their favorite jazz standards. While the concert will have a nice collection of duets, it will also allow the ladies room for solo performances with St. Pete’s favorite rhythm section La Lucha. Whitney and Synia are thrilled to be returning to American Stage for their second annual collaborative concert. Their diverse influences and styles are a wonderful compliment to each other and has made for an exciting collaboration.

For tickets please visit American Stage.

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Whitney sings with La Lucha and LaRue Nickelson
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney sings with La Lucha and LaRue Nickelson

Whitney and La Lucha featuring LaRue Nickelson play the Timucua White House in Orlando, FL. 

This concert will pay tribute to everything that makes Fall beautiful.  It will feature original arrangements of jazz songs that pay tribute to this most colorful and cozy season.  Some of the songs performed will be Autumn Nocturne, Lullaby Of The Leaves, September In The Rain and When October Goes and many more.  Join Whitney and her qunitet La Lucha: Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O'Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums with LaRue Nickelson on guitar.  Join us for an evening of jazz falling for Fall and all its colors.

For more info. visit Timucua Arts Foundation.

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Whitney James Quintet: Fall in Love with Jazz
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney James Quintet: Fall in Love with Jazz

Fall is Whitney's favorite season.  This concert will pay tribute to everything that makes Fall beautiful.  It will feature original arrangements of jazz songs that pay tribute to this most colorful and cozy season.  Some of the songs performed will be Autumn Nocturne, Lullaby Of The Leaves, September In The Rain and When October Goes and many more.  Join Whitney and her quartet La Lucha: Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O'Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums with LaRue Nickelson on guitar.  Join us for an evening of jazz falling for Fall and all its colors.

 

 

 

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Tribute to Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Aug
16
7:30 PM19:30

Tribute to Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley

Whitney is thrilled to join Jack Wilkins saxophonist, composer and Director of Jazz Studies at USF as they pay tribute to vocalist Nancy Wilson and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and their famous record Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley.  The concert will also feature trumpeter James Suggs, guitarist LaRue Nickelson, bassist Patrick Bettison and drummer Walt Hubbard. 

In addition to the music recorded by Nancy and Cannonball, Jack will be premiering new music he has written for this tribute concert.  Join us for a great evening of jazz!

For tickets visit The Palladium Theatre website. 

 

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James & James: By Request
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

James & James: By Request

Vocalist Whitney James and jazz trumpeter James Suggs return by popular demand, reprising their dazzling 2017 Side Door James & James performance!  The duo will perform, as the title suggests, songs requested by prior audience requests.  James & James will be joined by La Lucha - John O'Leary on piano, Alejandro Arenas on bass and Mark Feinman on drums.  Join us for a night of great jazz with this new James & James concert! 

For ticket information visit:  The Palladium website

 

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Whitney joins The Zach Bornheimer & Cathy Lopez Jazz Ensembles
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney joins The Zach Bornheimer & Cathy Lopez Jazz Ensembles

Come out for a night of great jazz featuring the music of bandleaders and composers Zach Bornheimer and Cathy Lopez at The Roberts Recreation Center in St. Pete.  The music will feature Mark Feinman on drums, John O'Leary on piano, Alejandro Arenas on bass, James Suggs on trumpet, Gumbi Ortiz on percussion, Paul Gavin on drums, LaRue Nickelson on guitar and Whitney James on vocals.

There will be two sets of music featuring Cathy Lopez Ensemble first with original tunes and classic jazz compositions and second set will feature Zach Bornheimer's Ensemble playing Zach's originals and covers of classic jazz tunes.  Whitney will be a featured vocalist during both sets.

 

 

 

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The Florida Bjorkestra:  Madonna & George Michael
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

The Florida Bjorkestra: Madonna & George Michael

The Florida Bjorkestra presents the music of Madonna and George Michael, with lots of gender-fluidity, a 15-piece band with original arrangements, video projection and tons of fun! Brian Baez sings Madonna and Jamie Perlow sings George Michael.  As a longtime member of The Florida Bjorkestra Whitney is happy to be joining this concert as part of the vocal ensemble. 

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