Singer L’Tanya Mari’s trio will perform Tuesday night (June 10) at Capital Ale House for the Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educators Concert Series. Mari is a singer with a full-bodied sound and a style that builds on the musical approaches of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Her style is also informed by her background as an instrumentalist and by the lessons she learned studying privately with legendary drummer and singer Grady Tate, who told her when she’s singing to “have a conversation with the audience.” There’s no hurried pace when Mari is delivering a lyric.
Another interesting thing about L’Tanya Mari is her repertoire. Her debut recording “A Teardrop of Sun” includes songs by Chic Corea and Bill Evans. That she has the maturity and technique to pull off pieces that were originally conceived for the keyboard is a testament to her considerable abilities.
On Tuesday’s concert, Mari will be accompanied by bassist Herman Burney and pianist Harry Appelman. Richmond-based jazz group Bop Nation will also perform. Led by drummer Kip Williams, the band also includes saxophonist Kevin Simpson, pianist Lee Covington, bassist Rusty Farmer and guitarist Mike Ess.
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