The Lovejoy Group
|3:30 PM||Karen Lovejoy|
Featuring: The Lovejoy Group
The Lovejoy Group has long championed the soulful blues rhythms of jazz, understanding that it’s all about that groove! Join them as they celebrate the Mid Atlantic festival Mardi Gras Style with a jazz Gumbo of rhythm. Jerrold Allen pianist and musical director of the group will be stirring up the stage with New Orleans, ragtime, swing and blues flavors. HIs musical knowledge and background has allowed the group to continually explore their musical reach. Saxophonist Herb Smith has played with some of the greats Phineas Newborn, Clark Terry, Webster Young. He adds his sweet sound to the mix. This jazz historian keeps the group grounded in the tradition. Drummer Lawrence Dean has supported the East Coast jazz scene since the 90’s. His rhythms are always solid yet intricate adding body and texture to the music.
Karen Lovejoy fronts the group. She is originally a Kansas City, native but has spent more than 20 years in the greater Washington Metropolitan area horning her craft. While she was not formally trained, and unlike most artist, who love music, her musical pursuit was not intentional. She came in through the back door. Her relationships with, and love for the jazz community allowed her to grow in the clubs, practice rooms and jam sessions that she religiously took part in until she found and embraced her voice.
Lovejoy has been propelled by her belief in the music and the musicians that work endlessly to play the music of jazz. Believing jazz to be a corner stone of hope for the black community and a beckon of light for the world, her presentations are always about uplifting people. Even if it’s just to make you smile.
Although, she has several musical idles, her style has always been her own. Her definitive since of rhythm and phrasing gives her a distinctive sound. She loves a good lyric and enjoys digging deep to find the feeling in a tune.
I'm Beginning To See The Light