Mother's Day

May 14th at 4:00 pm

The Pioneer Cafe

450 W Pioneer Drive, Glendale CA 91203

Celebrate mothers and motherhood- join us for Mother's Day 2017! Treat your mother and loved ones to the music of superstar violinist Karen Briggs, joined by Grammy-winning bassist James Leary, star drummer Quentin Dennard, top trumpeter Nolan Shaheed, and renowned pianist Rick Hills.

Karen Briggs, the star of the evening, has taken the music world by storm. She has performed with famed composer Yanni in his string orchestra, was mentored by Patrice Rushen, and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show alongside Diana Ross! Karen is the first African American woman to have ever performed at the Herodian Theater in Athens, Greece, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Her talent isn't only international- early in her career she was a four-time winner of "Amateur Night at the Apollo," and went on to wow crowds at Carnegie Hall. Karen is thrilled to perform for our Mother's Day event, and hopes you will join her there!


Quentin Dennard

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.

Karen Briggs

Karen's over four decade career as a violinist includes an eclectic range and fusion of world musical influences.  Broadly linked by improvisation and embellishment, her

audio-visual signature has become popular and sought after for a variety of live events and recorded projects both domestic and international. Karen appears as a feature in twelve music video concerts, hundreds of featured guest recordings and has recorded four solo projects.  

James Leary

James H. Leary is a double bass player, composer, and arranger. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He has won two Grammy Awards.


 Leary has played with the Count Basie Orchestra, Nancy Wilson,  Earl Hines, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Harris, Dizzy Gillespie with the San Francisco Pops conducted by Arthur Fiedler, Max Roach, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Johnny Hartman, Major Lance, Johnny Taylor, Esther Phillips, Rosemary Clooney, Don Shirley, and many more.

Rick Hills

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!

Nolan Shaheed

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 many other acts.