Mon David + Josh Nelson: DNA - REQ: VAX/ NEG COVID TEST
DESCRIPTION "The union of two like minds at the perfect time to create a lasting work of art founded in the very building blocks of music. Uncompromising artistry and fearless iconoclasm...duo art of the highest order. --- C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz)
MON DAVID – A Master of Jazz Vocals
Mon remains one of the most inventive and creative singers on the L.A. scene and performs with deep connection to his material. The winner of the 2006 London International Vocal Jazz competition combines authentic musicianship and stagecraft with exceptional skill at both vocal improvisation and the interpretation of lyrics. Don Heckman of the International Review of Music says of Mon, “The Filipino singer Mon David is That rarity; a male jazz vocalist with a distinctly original style of his own – a remarkable voice able to leap octaves in a single bound combined with a world class scat singing style.” Jazz critic Roger Crane writes, “Like Mark Murphy, whose singing he at times resembles, David can swing you into bad health and then, turn around and break your heart with a ballad.”
With eight multi-awarded albums to his credit that include, “Coming True” (by Freeham Records, voted one of the Top 10 jazz vocal CD’s of 2010 by Jazz Times), “Solomon” (Orange Room Records - an intimate voice/guitar compilation), the highly acclaimed, “This Is All I Ask” (Dash Hoffman/Human Connection Records), and most recently, the highly touted, D+N+A (David/Nelson Agreement) a voice and piano compilation featuring Josh Nelson. Mon continues to captivate jazz audiences at music festivals all over the world, from the North Sea Jazz Festival to the Segerstrom Theater crowd and mesmerize listeners in prestigious venues and art galleries like Catalina Jazz Club, The World Stage, The Blue Whale, Vitello’s, Vibrato, The Merc, Yoshi’s, LACMA, Artshare LA, The Ford Theater and many more jazz venues. LA Jazz Scene’s, Scott Yanow describes Mon as “A major jazz vocalist who can sing any type of music with credibility, creativity, heartfelt emotions and wit.”
Mon has collaborated with pianist composer Theo Saunders, pianist, composer and arranger Josh Nelson, the iconic bass master Henry “The Skipper” Franklin and LA’s vocal jazz catalyst and educator, Cathy Segal-Garcia among others. He occasionally performs with the eclectic vocal improv ensemble, Fish To Birds (Ashley Maher, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Cecily Gardner, Tracy Lee Robertson, Emile Hassan Dyer and Adrienne Duncan). He has also shared the stage with some of LA’s finest – Kristin Korb, Llew Matthews, Richard Simon, Justo Almario, Nick Mancini, Trevor Ware, Tateng Katindig, Chuck Manning, Nolan Shaheed, Ricky Woodard, Otmaro Ruiz, Gary Fukushima, Abe Lagrimas, Jr., Steve Hass, John Chiodini, Andy Langham, Michael Paulo, Dave Tull, Jennifer Leitham, Chris Wabich, Lyman Medeiros, Kristin Korb, Mark Winkler, Dolores Scozzesi, Dwight Trible, and many more incredible artists. Jazz singer and pianist Dianne Schurr writes, “His technique is impeccable yet has emotional conviction, a brilliant combination that not many singers have today. He has a long and wonderful adventure ahead of him here in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.”
Mon is a lifetime advocate of music performances that integrate inclusivity and diversity. Mon believes that our humanity connects us to one another regardless of national origin, religion, traditions and political affiliations. The art in poetry, music and jazz can help achieve deep human connection amongst people from various parts of the globe. His faith and conviction, that music that comes from the heart and soul when expressed with honesty, empathy and compassion can both be personal and universal and has the spirit and power to integrate, build, inspire, heal and unite.
Pianist and composer Josh Nelson maintains an active and creative schedule. He has performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Alicia Olatuja, Eddie Daniels, Ken Peplowski, Richard Galliano, Michael Buble, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Greg Hutchinson, John Clayton, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Sara Gazarek, Dave Koz, Joe Chambers, Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, and Lewis Nash.
Josh has performed around the world and recorded for numerous albums, films, and TV shows, but also makes time for his own projects: Anticipation (2004) and Let it Go (2007, Native Language Music) both garnered international critical acclaim. Josh’s third album, I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), featured his original compositions, standard interpretations, and re-imagining of some popular repertoire. Discoveries (2011), introduced a pairing of classic science fiction ephemera with new compositions for a brass and wind ensemble (featuring a live ongoing video projection and art installation component as well, called The Discovery Project). Exploring Mars (2015) explored musical themes on the Red Planet, along with spectacular NASA/JPL Martian video footage. Dream in the Blue (2016) documented Josh in an intimate duo setting with his longtime collaborator, vocalist Sara Gazarek. The Sky Remains (2017) delved into musical stories and themes originating from his hometown of Los Angeles. His latest release is The Discovery Project Live in Japan (2020) Josh has earned many awards, scholarships and accolades over the years, some of which include the Louis Armstrong Award and the John Philip Sousa Award. In 2006, Josh was one of only twelve semi-finalists in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
Josh toured the world for 6 beautiful years with the legendary vocalist Natalie Cole. He continues to tour with artists Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, Lorca Hart, Anton Schwartz, Allison Adams Tucker, Kathleen Grace, Gaby Moreno, Alicia Olatuja, Tom Scott, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Christian Howes.
A minimum of $20.00 is required per person while inside the showroom. Dining in the restaurant or any of our bars does not apply to the showroom minimum. Service fees apply to all tickets purchased via Eventbrite, at the door, and/or at the Box Office.
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Monday, September 13, 2021
START TIME 8:00pm
END TIME 9:30pm
Feinstein's at Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave