JO ANN DAUGHERTY TRIO
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Jo Ann Daugherty - piano
Henry Johnson - piano, 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.
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I began my performing career on the cement slab in front of my childhood home in Sandwich, Illinois. Or perhaps it was while my mom was 8 months pregnant playing the drums in DeKalb County’s own Opus V… Either way, music has been a part of my life since, well, forever.
Performing in my youth was a priority, mostly because I enjoyed being on stage with a crew of people, taking the audience (and ourselves) on a journey that would only happen that very way on that very day. We were a team and we were in it together. Going to school at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts here in the city of Chicago, I earned a jazz performance/jazz studies degree. In addition to meeting a lot of cool people and studying with some of the best musicians the world has to offer, I gained tools to refine my craft and figure out what kind of musical house I wanted to build. I haven’t settled on one type of house yet, as I enjoy many styles of music. Staying true to my initial statement of “taking the audience on a journey,” I do not limit myself to one genre of song and I enjoy exploring music with the incredible musicians I have met through the years and have the true honor of collaborating. I’ve been described as an “edgy and adventurous jazz and rock singer” (Neil Tesser, the Examiner) and an “Exquisite vocalist… (who has) mastered genres as vast as soul, melodic jazz, scat, rock and atonal experimentation…”(Lucia Mauro, Chicago Tribune). I’ll take it.
I perform all over the city in a variety of bands. In one week, I may be up on stage in the lights, getting my indie-rock/grunge vibe on with miss remember… or perhaps I’ll be singing the swingin’ hits from yesteryear with an 18 piece big band called the Chicago Skyliners Big Band… you may stumble into a bar and find me belting out my own songs from my heart and soul with my singer/songwriter 4-piece rock band, Brite Lite… or, as you order a fine cocktail, I may be sitting alongside two other beautiful women in the corner of a dark bar, painted in red lights, singing in three-part harmony (me, playing a trumpet or melodica here and there, the other two adorning a ukelele and a guitar), doing our versions of current popular songs, in addition to our original songs (we are The Oh Yeahs)… or if you’re a party-goer, you’ll find me in one of the many gorgeous historical ballrooms in Chicago singing for some teary eyed couple who has just tied the knot and are celebrating the start of their lives together.
You can listen to my musical offerings under the “music” portion of this site; also, find the aforementioned bands’ (among others) music and information on the Projects/Link page. More importantly, find out where, when, and with whom I am performing on the Performances page.