December 25th at 12:30pm
The Pioneer Cafe, 450 W Pioneer Drive, Glendale CA, 91203
Celebrate Christmas Day without the stress! Featuring a DJ karaoke sing-along, live jazz show, dinner, dancing, games, and complimentary wine and champagne!
From 12:30 to 3:30, enjoy an afternoon of no stress, no politics, no planning...just fun! Join us for dancing, games, and prizes all afternoon long! Join DJ Vicious Lee for karaoke sing-along favorites! Vanzella Janisse will coordinate the activities! MC and Jazz vocalist James Janisse will share his knowledge as jazz historian, and render his expertise as jazz vocalist.
In our second show from 4 to 7pm, come hear jazz legends Quentin Dennard, Nolan Shaheed, Rick Hills, and Tony Dumas play the best live jazz you can hear anywhere! Martha Taylor LaCroix and friends will join in with some jazz vocals as well.
See you there!
The smooth, resonating voice and in-depth knowledge of jazz has earned James Janisse the role and respect as one of the most prominent MC’s and announcers for live jazz and blues events in Southern California.
From the festival and club scene to corporate voiceovers, if it’s related to jazz and blues, he’s regarded as a master at the microphone live or in studio. He developed a loyal fan base during his tenure as an on-air personality with radio station KKJZ, 88.1FM from 1992 to 2006.
DJ Vicious Lee
DJ Vicious Lee is a club mainstay in Los Angeles and abroad. His performance credentials include appearances at Harvelle’s Blues Club, Glam Slam, (the club formerly owned by Prince), The Highlands, The Comedy Store, The House Of Blues, The Key Club, The Vanguard, and The Avalon. He has rocked venues in such places as Rome, Paris, St. Lucia, Bermuda, Jamaica and Amsterdam.
As Nolan Smith, he began his musical career in 1974, rising to be a top studio musician. He was musical director for Marvin Gaye, lead trumpet with Count Basie and has an extensive resume of other acts he has worked with, including Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Anita Baker, Carole King, Tom Waits, John Handy, David Byrne, Raymond Harry Brown, Freddie Hubbard and Niki Nana.
When speaking of Rick Hills, one thing stands out- singers love Rick Hills on piano! Why? He can play in any key, has a huge musical repertoire, and shows classy restraint when supporting vocalists through a musical interlude. He is one of the most requested musicians of our time. When you hear him, you will understand why!
Quentin Dennard started his career in the late 1960s as session drummer for Motown Records. He has performed with a multitude of music legends including Aretha Franklin, Roy Ayers, Dionne Warwick, B.B. King, Issac Hayes, Lamont Dozier, Jermaine Jackson, The Originals, Billy Mitchell, Keb Mo, and The Temptations.
Tony Dumas began playing professionally with organist Johnny Hammond Smith, then went on to play with Freddie Hubbard. He has toured, played and recorded with Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, Chick Corea, Etta James, Mariah Carey, Bill Cosby, Patrice Rushen, and many more.