We are proud to announce the 3rd annual South Bend Jazz Festival, Saturday, August 16th from 4:00 p.m till 11:00 p.m; in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. Free to the Public!

Featuring Six international acts from a Variety of Jazz genre.

Performing are Headliner Kevin Mahogany; Turkish guitar sensation Ondor Facon with strings; Broadway singer/actress Ntom’khona Dliami, South African bassist and composer Jimmy Mngwandi and saxophonist Danny Lerman; Multi-instrumentalist/singer Darryl Buchanan; Twin Cities-South Bend Jazz Festival Big Band and pianist/composer, JJ Wright.

About Kevin Mahogany

His broad baritone was forged in his hometown: the legendary jazz metropolis known as Kansas City; where he learned to swing like Charlie Parker, shout the blues like Big Joe Turner, and cry a ballad like Lester Young; while, extending, elaborating and refining the jazz vocal legacies of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau.

Mahogany released his debut recording, Double Rainbow, was released on the Enja label in 1993. His CDs include, The Music of Charles Mingus; which featured Mingus sidemen trombonist Jimmy Knepper, alto saxophonist Charles MacPherson with the WDR Big Band, to Pride and Joy, his ebullient Motown tribute featuring the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Michael Jackson and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. He’s recorded with T.S. Monk (Monk on Monk), The Ray Brown Trio (Christmas Songs With Ray Brown), Marlena Shaw (Dangerous), Roseanna Vitro (Passion Dance), Carl Allen (Testimonial), Barbara Morrison (Visit Me) and Elvin Jones (It Don’t Mean A Thing). Mahogany made his screen debut in the 1996 Robert Altman film Kansas City, portraying a character based on blues singer Big Joe Turner, and was also featured on the soundtrack.

About Ondor Facan

Facan started music in 1970, concentrated on jazz in 1975. Mainly self-thaught as a jazz guitarist, player, composer, arranger and lyrics writer. Played with a great variety of local and international jazz musicians, he released 13 CDs out. He owns Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul.

In 1997 Focan performed in the Guitar Night which was organised by MIDEM with 11 international guitarists representing Istanbul Culture and Arts Fund (IKSV).

The Artist’s 1998 CD, BENEATH THE STARS honoured him as the one and only Turkish jazz artist who has released an album on Blue Note label. This album featured the great drummer Bill Stewart and Hammond B3 player Sam Yahel.

About Ntomb’khona Dlamini

Dlamini came to New York from her Native South Africa to perform in the Broadway cast of Sarafina. Then went on to join the original cast of the Lion King playing Rafiki. She also performed in Godspell and the iconic Riverdance. She has recorded with Grover Washington on “Soul Strut and “Power of One”; Tupac on “A River That Flows Forever” and with Johnny Mathis. TV appearances include a performance with Diana Ross on the Oprah Winfrey show, the Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall Shows, the Essence Awards, the Tony Awards; and live in concert at the United Nations in NY.

“Ntomb’khona Dlamini..leads the pack here, her vocalizing rising to the rafters.”..Houston Arts Week

About Jimmy Mngwandi

Mngwandi is among South Africa’s most sought after bassists, writers and producers, He has performed with legends like Mirium Makeba, Hugh Masekela, saxophonist David Murray, flutist Yusef Lateef, bassist Rufus Reid, Jamaican Guitarist Ernest Ranglin and Sbongile Khumalo. Jimmy’s recording career includes appearances on CDs for Sony/South Africa, Bongo Maffin, Brothers of Peace, Simphiwe Dana’s “Bantu Biko Street”. On Cd, Mngwandi’s debut was as a member of the EMI/South Africa group Bezwaan.

About Danny Lerman

Lerman is a riveting saxophonist who has performed with Peabo Bryson, Howard Hewett, Norman Connors and Danny Boy, among others and shared concert bills with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Sergio Mendes, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal and the Ghetto Boys. Lerman’s CD’s “Do You Feel?,” “Danny’s Island,” and “Meow Baby,” have received much airplay from the USA to Venezuela, Turkey, Hong Kong , South Africa and Holland. Lerman has also performed with symphonies in the USA and the Netherlands featuring his original music.

About Darryl Buchanan

Buchanan developed his musical talents during his high school years in South Bend, Indiana. Darryl was discovered and recruited by Motown’s legendary sax man Jr. Walker. Darryl’s involvement with Jr. Walker included touring the United States, Canada and Europe. While touring, Darryl became Jr. Walker’s opening act. His musical talents and stage persona has earned him popularity with diverse crowds worldwide. Darryl toured with Jr. Walker until his untimely death in 1995.

As a multi-talented musician, vocalist, song writer and producer, Darryl’s artistry continues to blossom. He has been recording and producing many music projects at his recording studio in South Bend, IN. He is the owner of the Planet Love Music Publishing Co. BMI and will release two music CD projects in 2014. One with Chicago producer and former NFL player, Don Carlos Passmore and the other an all instrumental CD. When not doing tours behind other artist, Darryl performs at festivals, Casino’s and venues with his band “Darryl B. & REFLECTIONS”, one of the hottest bands in the Midwest. On August 29, 2009 Darryl Buchanan was awarded the certificate of recognition by then city of South Bend, Mayor Stephen J Luecke for his accomplishments during his thirty years in the music industry.

About Twin Cities-South Bend Jazz Festival Big Band

Leader of the Twin-Cities-South Bend Jazz Festival Big Band, Bassist Darrel Tidaback, teaches as an associate faculty member at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend. Besides being a soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Chamber Singers, Vesper Chorale. Darrel has also appeared with jazz luminaries Rosemary Clooney, Bucky Pizzarelli, Chris and Dan Brubeck. Darrel also has accompanied Bob Hope, Dionne Warwick, Spider Saloff, William Warfield; while also performing at the Texas Jazz Festival, Fiesta Jazz Festival, Southwest Guitar Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival, and the Oregon Festival of American Music. For the past twenty years Mr. Tidaback has been an arranger and performer with the contemporary chamber ensemble Musical Offerings. The big band, made of some of Michiana’s finest musicians will feature orginal songs and arrangements by Darrel Tidaback and Don Lerman.

About J.J. Wright

Wright’s style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improvisor at the New School for Jazz in NYC, he’s also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just a few of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President—as well as several other high-profile diplomatic gigs—and with the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance, recording and performing with vibraphonist Dave Samuels, which was nominated for a GRAMMY and won a Latin GRAMMY. He recently recorded his debut album of original compositions and covers from Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens, and Phil Collins.

His CD debut “Inward Looking Outward” with Ropeadope will be released on August 19th, 2014. The recording features his piano trio with Ike Sturm on bass and Nate Wood on drums, and includes six original compositions, as well as covers from Phil Collins, Jon Brion, and Sufjan Stevens.
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