JO ANN DAUGHERTY
with special guests,
Bruce Henry (vocals) and Henry Johnson (guitar)
An Acoustic Tribute to Al Jarreau
"We can’t turn away when Bruce is on stage. His presence is simultaneously commanding and approachable. His joy is contagious...His voice is his horn, and he can swing like Goodman, spin and spiral like Parker, or levitate like Coltrane.”
-- Andrea Canter, Jazz Police and Jazz Ink
"When pianist Daugherty decides to turn up the energy, she’s hard to beat, the idiosyncrasies of her harmonic sense enriched by a dynamic approach to rhythm and a robust way of addressing the full expanse of the keyboard."
-- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Bruce Henry - vocals
Jo Ann Daugherty - piano
Ryan Bennett - drums
Joshua Ramos - bass
Henry Johnson - guitar
As a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, musical director, and recording artist, Jo Ann's love for all kinds of music shines. Whether sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Victor Goines, Conrad Herwig, and Howard Levy; conducting or playing keyboards in hit Broadway shows (Motown: The Musical, Jersey Boys, Dreamgirls, Billy Elliot); or music-directing and arranging PBS concert and film specials, she brings an infectious energy to each project. Other adventures include extensive touring throughout the US, leading her own group twice at the Chicago Jazz Festival, teaching jazz piano at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, a two-week jazz engagement in France, and jamming with amazing musicians in Madagascar.
Daugherty’s current solo jazz album Bring Joy earned a four-star review from Downbeat Magazine (January 2017) and was recently included in Downbeat’s Best Jazz Releases of 2017. She has released two previous albums, Range of Motion and Debut, to enthusiastic reception by critics and listeners alike. Based in Chicago, she is currently traveling all over the US to bring joy to people through music.
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Bruce's award-winning talent and music has taken him to five continents, garnering a large following in France and the Far East. His fans have heard him on the BBC, performing a Worldwide Radio Live Concert, as well as notable movie soundtracks. Henry has performed on 5 continents in locales such as Manila, Israel, Paris, London, Miami, New York City, Maui, Saipan and Tanzania. Bruce’s journey has resulted in an eclectic style of world-influenced jazz vocals and composition. Bruce possesses a three and one-half octave range, a pure voice with versatility and depth that few can match.
Bruce studied voice at The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and is a former MacPhail Student. Vocalist/educator/composer Bruce A. Henry has performed with the likes of Jimmy Jam, Doc Severinsen, The Sounds of Blackness, Bobby McFerrin, Julius Hemphill, Buddy DeFranco and opened for the likes of Roberta Flack, Ramsey Lewis, Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, Stephan Grapelli and Gato Barbieri.