Columbia City Theater presents
Courtney Weaver (Paper Tiger Album Release)
with special guests Chava Mirel and Champagne Honeybee
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 6pm
Born on the after beat in Seattle, submerged in music since her inception. Courtney’s roots are in jazz, blues, and soul lined with vague memories of dreams asleep on the floor backstage as a child at her parent's gigs. She began gigging professionally when she was 14 under the tutelage of world renowned vocalist Jay Clayton, doing jazz and soul standards at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and Cornish Vocal Showcases at Tula’s in winter 2001. Over the past several years she began to hone and expand her repertoire to incorporating blues and R&B elements. From 2003-2006 she was deeply immersed in her study of all aspects of Jazz while attending Cornish College of the Arts.
In June of 2006 she left Cornish and Seattle behind to pursue her music career and moved to Arcata, CA cultivating her art and building her chops in the local music scene, and was a featured artist at the legendary Blues Jam at the Jambalaya.
At 20 years old she began to explore herself as a vocalist and she honed her craft singing in various groups including a five female vocal revue, the Luscious Ladies, with Melody Walker. She also was a vocalist in an 80‘s cover band, Eyes Anonymous, that did the casino circuit performing as her alter-ego Roxy Chartreuse. She found her niche in winter 2008 in Saint John and the Sinners, a blues/rock cover band in which she flourished covering Etta James, Muddy Waters, Ann Cole, Willie Dixon, and Aretha Franklin.
In the year of 2009 Courtney Weaver had had over 95 musical performances in Northern California and had established herself as the resident blues belter at local blues festivals.
Just as her career was beginning to take off she was derailed when she was shot in the face and arm by her abusive boyfriend on January 15th 2010 in Arcata, CA. After moving back to her hometown of Seattle in January 2011 and 13 reconstructive surgeries later she is finally healed and has successfully rehabilitated her voice as of Summer 2013.
After writing and recording demos of her harrowing experience Courtney founded the Survivor Voice's Collective in 2015. Summer of 2015 she began writing and recording songs about gun violence and domestic violence with grammy-nominated Josh Rawlings. Her forthcoming EP Paper Tiger is slated for release on August 21st 2016 at the Columbia City Theater.
Check Courtney out on YouTube
JOSH RAWLINGS (piano)
Josh is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, vocalist and serious player of the vintage Fender Rhodes in Seattle, WA. He has been performing very passionate, Jazz-rooted, original music in several Seattle based groups for the past 10 years, touring nationally with the Jason Parker Quartet and The Teaching and shared the stage with the Al Green. Her is an Earshot Golden Ear Award recipient and has performed at the internationally recognized Earshot Jazz Festival.
He honed his writing and performing skills on the piano at Cornish College of the Arts from 2001 to 2005 and now makes a full-time living performing publicly & privately, teaching piano, booking music, touring, composing, designing for web & poster art (One Busy Dude), promoting shows, and the list goes on. He currently divides his time between running his company J&J Music with his business partner and fellow jazz man, trumpeter Jason Parker, and performing regularly with the Josh Rawlings Trio, Soul Kata, Industrial Revelation, The Teaching, the Water Babies & the Jason Parker Quartet.
EVAN FLORY-BARNES (bass)
Bassist and composer, Evan Flory-Barnes, is a Seattle Native, who has been composing and performing music since he attended Garfield High School. He was a member of the award winning symphony orchestra at Garfield while writing music for the hip-hop group Maroon Colony. He is purposeful in his resolve to use his music to remove the barriers imposed on music, musicians and society – no genres. His vision is to create music that reflects beauty; stirs the emotions; and, enlightens the soul.
Evan’s work spans the depth and breadth of the musical spectrum. His unique, creative and expert skills in his art are a natural gift and talent inherited from both sides of his family. He has been blessed to have benefitted from training and wisdom from his mentors and teachers: Marcus Tsutakawa, Barry Liebermann, Doug Miller, Marc Seales, John Clayton, Rufus Reid, Ray Brown, Francois Rabbath, John Patitucci, Jovino Santos Neto,and Hadley. Caliman. Performance and composition highlights include:
• 2008 Meet the Composer commission to write orchestral work: “An Acknowledgement of a Celebration: Inheritance, Authenticity and Healing” (AOC)
• 2009 Composer residency at UCROSS Foundation in Wyoming
• 2010 Earshot Jazz, “Golden Ear Award”: AOC wins Concert of the year.
• 2010 LUCID’s, AOC wins “Most Dynamic Concert and Composition of the Year Award”.
Evans’s own bands and orchestra: Threat of Beauty, Industrial Revelation, The Teaching, Rubato Hug, Thrown Together With Love. Evan’s transcendence of genres and musical limits has allowed him to collaborate with all of these groups on compositions that augment their musical styles. His peerless performances represent his talent as a composer and artist.
Evan has performed regularly with: Meklit Hadero, the Marc Seales Quintet, Jovino Santos Neto, Correo Aereo, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Jason Parker Quartet, and Choklate.
Evan Flory-Barnes has performed across the U.S., Canada, in Europe and Africa.
D’VONNE LEWIS (drums)
D’Vonne Lewis, 32, is a self-taught musician/drummer/poet with a background in gospel, funk, and rhythm and blues. Lewis is the grandson of the late-great ‘Godfather of rock and roll/soul’, the Pacific Northwest’s Hall of Famer, Hammond B-3 organ legend, Dave Lewis. Because of Dave Lewis, Seattle’s 1950’s entertainment scene started on the path to desegregation.
D’Vonne graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 2002 under the direction of Scott Brown, where he received numerous high school jazz band awards, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Outstanding Drum Soloist winner at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival for the years of 2000, 2001, and 2002.
While still in high school, D’Vonne was first-call drummer to local and world-renowned artists, including Hadley Caliman; Buddy Catlett; Julian Priester; Floyd Standifer; Jay Thomas; Larry Fuller and Marc Seales, to name a few.
Lewis has also performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; pianist Marian McPartland; guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli; clarinetist Eddie Daniels; and out-sax titan Charles Gayle.
Chava Mirel combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep pocket rhythms to bring a new sound to Jewish music. With themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, balance and responsibility for each other, Chava’s songs bring comfort and uplift the spirit.
As early as age 2, Chava has been connecting with multiple generations through performance. An award-winning Jewish composer, she has worked for decades as an educator and Cantorial soloist on both coasts of the US. She also tours internationally, currently as a singer and keyboard player with reggae icon Clinton Fearon. Chava has backed dozens of Jamaican artists, and is devoted to the art and science of groove.
Chava Mirel’s new full-length album, “Make The Two Sides Meet”, is an eclectic array of groove-based original songs. From liturgical settings to her own inspiring lyrics, she spans some of her most beloved genres – reggae, soul, samba, funk, gospel, hip-hop and West African music.
Champagne Honeybee is singer/ songwriter, Rani Weatherby, and her trusty ukuleles. She also has a backing band, dubbed "The Stingers". Their sound is a mix of contemporary jazz, blues, folk, and ukulele soul. In June of 2014, they released an EP of original music called "No Love Songs". The CD release concert packed Rocked City Cafe in Snohomish. They rounded out the year playing acoustic showcases at The Benbow Room, a rockin' set at The Evergreen State Fair, funk jams at Nectar Lounge, comedy nights at The Rendezvous and Feedback Lounge, a sold out Jazz Christmas house show, and many private events.
Media appearances include performances and interviews on The Bob Rivers radio show, Sessions of She and Sabrina in Seattle podcasts on Critical Sun Radio. Their Christmas single, "Kimchi for Christmas", received rave reviews. Champagne Honeybee was also voted #4 in King 5's 2014 Best of Western Washington Contest, in the Best Local Bands Category.
2015 brought new experiences and opportunities, including a Spring tour with stops in Moorhead, MN, New York City, New London, CT, and Philadelphia, PA. They taped a performance for the television show, "Band in Seattle", which airs on the CW Network, as well as a live performance on Seattle's King 5 Morning News. Performances also included the Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards Ceremony at Seattle Center, Seattle Music Insider's photo exhibition at the Triple Door, Northwest Event Show, and collaboration with Prince's former keyboardist, Dr. Fink, at the Seamonster Lounge. Champagne Honeybee has a heart for charitable causes, and has performed at fundraisers for The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, WACAP adoption agency, victims of the Eastern Washington wildfires, and rhino conservation programs for the Woodland Park Zoo. A new EP, entitled "Once in a Lifetime", was released on April 1st, 2016.
6pm doors / 7pm show
$12 adv - $15 door