Jazz Beyond Borders will present a Great Gatsby-themed performance Sunday, July 18 (rain date July 25), featuring the sultry and sweet stylings of jazz vocalist Coniece Washington at Cafe Mezzanotte. Leading an elite cadre of musicians, she’ll create an atmosphere capturing the zest, flair and fervor of the Roaring Twenties.
The music will set an enjoyable and festive tone. Patrons will be treated to beloved jazz classics prevalent throughout the jazz era, such as George and Ira Gershwin’s “The Man I Love,” Cole Porter’s “What is This Thing Called Love?” and Irvin Berlin’s “Blue Skies.”
Guests are invited to come decked out in clothing from the ‘20s and ‘30s. There will be a costume contest between sets and prizes awarded for the most authentic female and best male period outfit. Music lovers are welcome to come in period costume or modern garb if they prefer. The point is to enjoy the summer evening in the courtyard and gardens.
Based in Washington, D.C., vocalist Coniece Washington has performed extensively throughout the national capital region, singing jazz, blues, R&B and gospel. She has drawn influence from renowned jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. Her 2019 album “Shades of Shirley Horn” debuted on the Top 50 Jazz Album Charts, Roots Music Report’s Top 30 and North American College & Community Chart. The album received numerous positive reviews from Midwest Records, Jazz Weekly, Bebop Spoken Here (UK) and other media.
Cafe Mezzanotte is located at 765 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. The seating for the show is from 5:00pm–7:30pm. Tickets are $30 from www.instantseats.com. For more information, visit www.jazzbeyondborders.com.