Christ Episcopal Church presents its annual celebration of great jazz music in Covington with Jazz in January, held Jan. 24-26, 2020 at the historic church, located at 120 S. New Hampshire Street at the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park in downtown Covington.
Ticketed concerts will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door, and are available at the church office or online at https://christchurchcovington.ticketleap.com/jazz-in-january-2020/. Two Jazz Masses will be held on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Featured performers on Friday night are Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Shannon McNally and the New Orleans Catahoulas, who are known for their Crescent City-styled rhythm and blues.
Saturday's special guests are Kalu and The Electric Joint, who blend the powers of psychedelic soul with the beat of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa, and the notable Americana rock-in-roll band Birds of Chicago.
The Jazz Masses on Sunday Erica Falls will channel the sound and spirit of Aretha Franklin as Jazz in January pays tribute to the gospel legacy of the Queen of Soul.
Friday, January 24 - 7:00 PM
Jazz in January begins with a ticketed performance by artist Shannon McNally followed by the New Orleans Catahoulas.
Shannon McNally brings timeless effortlessness to her music. At home across the American (Americana) music spectrum, the Grammy nominee writes as well as she interprets the songs of others, has a top-tier musicality to her craft, a soul-stirring voice that immediately grabs one by the heartstrings and a troubadour’s wanderlust, and is also an excellent electric guitar player.
The New Orleans Catahoulas are a New Orleans Rhythm and Blues band that specializes in playing the lost sounds of the city’s golden age of R&B - the 1950s and 60s. Each of the band’s all-star members have hefty resumes and impressive musical pedigrees. Almost all are native New Orleanians and were born and bred to play this music.
Saturday, January 25 - 7:00 PM
The second evening of ticketed performances features Kalu and the Electric Joint and Birds of Chicago.
Kalu and the Electric Joint blends the powers of psychedelic soul music with the driving beat of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa. Born in Nigeria, Kalu relocated to Austin, Texas, where he put together a stellar ensemble of players who graciously fuel and follow his deep well of eclectic influences. Their music is masterfully crafted allowing the songs to breathe and flow. From the first note, these musicians show that they’re prepared to carry modern music forward while still paying tribute to the inspirations of their past. This band comes to play.
Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the Americana scene since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a much wider audience. The Birds are considered a rock and roll band first and foremost and described by critics as using ‘deep lyricism, gut-punch singing and musicality’ and also described as ‘secular gospel’.
Sunday, January 26 - 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM
Free inspirational Jazz Masses at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. feature sensational vocalist, entertainer and songwriter Erica Falls, paying tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
Soul singer and songwriter Erica Falls credits her unique vintage sound to her childhood growing up in New Orleans’ 9th Ward, where her parents introduced her to Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, and Whitney Houston. Whether on stage or in the studio, she channels a sassy, soulful tone that recalls an earlier era. Erica’s latest project, re-released 2018 album HomeGrown, which she co-produced, showcases her vocals, arranging, songwriting talent, and introduced her to a wider audience in the world of neo-soul. Through out her career, Erica has recorded and performed with icons including Grammy®-winner Allen Toussaint, Sting, No Doubt, Joe Sample, Dr. John, Jennifer Hudson, and John Fogerty, among others. In 2013, she was hand-picked by Lee Daniels to star in the lead singing role of the award-winning film Lee Daniels The Butler.
Her show-stopping performances did not go unnoticed; Offbeat Magazine nominated Erica twice for Best Female Vocalist in which she won in 2017 where she was also nominated for Best R&B Artist and Best R&B Album. Currently, Erica is touring nationally with renowned New Orleans funk band Galactic, and will be releasing a new single early next year 2019. The highly-anticipated original track will definitely showcase her prowess as a singer, songwriter, and live performer.
For more information, please visit https://christchurchcovington.com/jazz-in-january-2020/.
For general questions, please contact Laura Williams, Jazz in January Chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (760) 429-8246, and for sponsorship questions, please contact Bill Crombie at email@example.com.
ABOUT CHRIST CHURCH
An episcopal church, school and retirement community in the diocese of Louisiana, Christ Episcopal Church is also the presenter of the Third Sunday Concert Series, which features area musicians and singers, usually on the third Sunday of each month, September to May each year. Concerts begin at 5:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Concerts are supported in large part by memberships. In addition to the series at Christ Church, two summer concerts are hosted in the Atrium Gallery at Christwood Retirement Community, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington. For more information, call (985) 892-3177.