On Sunday, July 17, jazz vocalist Sue Matthews will return to the monthly concert series presented by Jazz Beyond Borders in the garden courtyard of Cafe Mezzanotte in Severna Park. For this special performance, the popular singer will be accompanied by two of the best in the business: pianist Robert Redd and bassist James King.
Matthews has entertained audiences across the U.S. and on three continents, appearing in top jazz clubs, concert halls and music festivals in North America, South America and Europe. An Eastern Shore resident, she is one of the region’s most enduring and beloved performers with fervent fans on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge - drawn to her expert interpretations of tunes mined from the vast catalogue of the Great American Songbook.
Enjoy classic hits from the 1930s such as “Love for Sale” by Cole Porter and “I Thought About You” with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The program also includes popular 1940s pieces such as "Skylark" written by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and “Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear from Me,” by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Bob Russell. Listeners are invited to come in period clothing if they so desire. Midway through the show, prizes will be awarded for the snazziest outfits worn by a female, male and couple.
Matthews began performing while attending Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she met the late multi-instrumentalist and composer, John E. Starr Jr. The two were members of the legendary Annapolis based eight-piece jazz fusion group Wooden Hands, followed by many other ensembles of all sizes. They traveled internationally with the show "Mozart to Motown," with Stef Scaggiari, Frank Russo and music director J. Ernest Green.
Matthews has continued to perform and collaborate work with an extensive list of top-shelf artists in her storied career. A short list of artists not mentioned yet includes guitarists Gene Bertoncini, Steve Abshire and Steve Herberman and bassists Keter Betts, Joe Byrd and Tommy Cecil as well as multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Melvin, Randy Reinhart, Marlon Saunders, Scott Silbert and Marty Nau.
Cafe Mezzanotte is located at 760 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. The venue is known for its fresh and flavorful Mediterranean menu and offers free and convenient parking onsite. Seating for the outdoor concert is at 5:30pm. In the event of rain, the show will be moved indoors. Tickets are $25 from instantseats.com. Purchase them in advance from https://instnt.us/CafeMezz.
Now in its fifth year, Jazz Beyond Borders is a cultural diversity organization bringing world music and jazz artists to festivals concerts, classrooms and airwaves. The jazz and world music series at Café Mezzanotte was begun by Theresa Sise and Paulina Phillips in November 2019.
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