JO ANN DAUGHERTY TRIO
+ guest vocalist
Jo Ann Daugherty - piano
Bruce Henry - vocals
Joshua Ramos - bass
Ryan Bennett - drums
Pianist Jo Ann Daugherty’s most recent album Bring Joy earned a 4-star review from Downbeat Magazine (January 2017) and was listed as one of their “Best Albums of 2017.”
Her experience includes such varied adventures as performing in jazz festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. (Chicago Jazz Fest, Satchmo Fest in New Orleans, Dizzy’s NYC, Snug Harbor, the Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Winter's Jazz Club, Andy’s and many more), conducting touring Broadway shows (Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical), arranging and music directing PBS broadcast concerts (Under The Streetlamp), and performing in such Chicago productions as Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyric Opera.
Her trio maintains an active schedule in Chicago; 2018 highlights include performing at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, broadcasting a live concert from Pianoforte on WDCB in the week leading up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, and joining forces with vocalist Bruce A. Henry and guitarist Henry Johnson for two new tribute shows: An Acoustic Tribute to Al Jarreau and The Jazz Side of Stevie Wonder. Trio regulars include the native Chicagoan Joshua Ramos (Ramsey Lewis) on bass and the dynamic Ryan Bennett on drums.
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Bruce A. Henry is a vocalist, performer and educator extraordinaire. Henry's eclectic vocal style has been influenced by legends such as John Coltrane, Leon Thomas, Gil Scott Heron, Al Jarreau, Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye.
Bruce possesses a three-octave range, a pure voice with versatility few can match. Bruce's music has taken him to five continents and he has recorded for Disney, HBO and numerous national ad campaigns. In addition he has performed with and opened for the likes of Doc Severinson, Roberta Flack, Chris Botti, Ramsey Lewis, Stephane Grapelli, Jimmy Jam and The Sounds of Blackness.