Tickets – $10 (purchase tickets on Eventbrite)
Doors at 6:30 p.m. | show at 7 p.m.
Jazz performance featuring Stephen Lee (piano), Johnny Yancey (Trumpet), Sylvester Sample (Acoustic Bass) and Nygel Yancey (Drums) celebrating the legacy of Thelonious Monk.
The Crosstown Jazz Series, presented by Strictly Jazz Entertainment in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, is designed to salute classic jazz music as contemporary musicians perform the work of the legends.
About Stephen Lee:
Jazz pianist Stephen Lee cut his teeth playing at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the late 90s, but he’s been playing piano and organ since the age of eight. His passion for jazz was born in college, when he attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Stephen spent time as a touring musician with the Carnival Cruise Line and even did stints in Paris and Switzerland with the Legendary Paris Gospel Extravaganza and Jazz Life with the Janis Carter Quartet. His journey eventually took him to New York City, where he worked as musical director of Manhattan’s Crenshaw Christian Center under Dr. Frederick Price.
Tough economic times eventually led Lee back to his hometown of Memphis. Stephen says being back in Memphis has turned out to be the best thing for his career. He’s finished his first album, Songs in the Key of My Life, and he plays regular gigs at the Westin Hotel downtown.
About Strictly Jazz Entertainment:
Strictly Jazz Entertainment is committed to cultivating a growing community in the knowledge and appreciation of jazz. We facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the devoted supporters of jazz and the brand new constituents – those new to the genre – for the furthering of the jazz community. We provide a bridge between leading artists and a community that typically does not embrace jazz by promoting concerts in various venues to generate an atmosphere that is viable for the absorption of pure jazz.