Event Calendar

Friday, October 19, 2018

All day
Before 1am
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Music Café: Marianne Solivan
Music Café: Marianne Solivan
Friday, October 19, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

Hooray for Friday — especially 3rd Fridays at The Café at Ethical, a welcoming place to unwind, relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and entertainment. Get up and dance if the music moves you! Or just sit back and enjoy.

“A strong, senuous alto” -Nate Chinen, NY Times, Dec.19, 2014

“Delivers the gold…Solivan is well on her way to being a national treasure.” -Midwest Jazz Record, Fall 2014

“A blend of zesty urban hipness and soulful introspection underscores her singular appeal.” -Mark Holston, JAZZIZ Magazine, January 20, 2015

“She’s a singer who’s got a brawny but nimble approach, and sensitivity in spades. Whether singing a standard or an original, Solivan stamps every syllable with a deep-digging sincerity.” -CapitalBop.com

Marianne Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard swinging, passionate vocalist who captivates audiences with her joyous exuberance and wit. Having performed and recorded with the likes of Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Bruce Barth, Gregory Hutchinson, Jonathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Michael Kanan, Steve Wilson, Gene Bertoncini and Lewis Nash, Solivan has been consistently raising the bar for singers of her generation. "The exquisiteness, expression and sentiment of her singing are supreme.”  - Jordan Richardson of Blinded by Sound

After steady gigging in Boston during her school days at Berklee College of Music and The New England Conservatory, Solivan moved to New York in 2007, and began to sit in at many of the jam sessions the city has to offer, which led to many of her musical collaborations with Jeremy Pelt, Ugonna Okegwo, and others. Her visibility and consistency opened doors at the famed Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, The Blue Note, and many others.

In 2012 Solivan brought together her years of experience and musical collaborations to the studio and recorded a series of duos, trios, and quartet pieces that became her first CD, Prisoner of Love, on HiPNOTIC Records.  In 2014 she recorded her second CD, SPARK: “There is no nostalgia here, only freshness as she delves deep into herself and into the treasure chest of jazz . . . uncommon ability to balance self-disclosure with confidence in her tone and lyrics, and the results are compelling.” - Tim Wilkins of WBGO.  Solivan jumped into the big band arena in 2015, and created a band incorporating high energy, swing, her own originals and standards. The result takes you from the traditional feel through to salsa and the modern jazz idiom - all anchored by Solivan's strong surefooted voice and confident leadership.   www.mariannesolivanjazz.com

Marianne Solivan and the John Wilmeth Jazz Trio will be followed by an Open Mic. 

The Music Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks.  Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad. 

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renown drummer/percussionist.  He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few.  Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room.  Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter.  “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).