“Theresa Sise...takes the reigns for “Take the A Train” with a lush voice that sounds bred for jazz, full one moment, fading out at just the right time.”
–Dickson Mercer, News Post, Frederick MD
In Maryland, it is said: “if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes. The forecast for July 18, the intended date for the next Jazz Beyond Borders concert at Cafe Mezzanotte is dire. So, the show will be held on the published rain date: Sunday, July 25 with dinner seating from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Theresa Sise will step in for Coniece Washington, continuing the established theme of “A Great Gatsby Affair” Come rain or come shine, she'll bring her Sweet Tea band to Café Mezzanotte. Should showers occur, the event will be moved indoors.
Sise is the perfect person to step in for Washington, who is recovering from a T.I.A. event. The vocalists are good friends. Washington helped launch the young singer into the Baltimore-Washington jazz scene, introducing her to audiences as Sise developed her own following. As it happens, Sise has focused on the music of the 1920s and 30s since early days, so her set list is ready to go!
With a BA in broadcast media, Sise credits radio broadcasts of the 1920's and 30's with creating and fueling the Jazz Era, bringing a new and distinct sound to all corners of the country and distinguishing jazz as the truly American art form.
Her program includes hits like “Ain’t Misbehavin', " “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Night and Day,” written by Cole Porter for Fred Astaire. She’ll also include Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” and Latin tunes such as “El manisero,” (“The Peanut Vendor”), which livened up the New York City ballroom scene, adding fire and syncopation to the ever-evolving sound of jazz.
Sise has sung with big bands and smaller combos in Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and many Maryland towns. Shortly before the shutdown, she sold out shows at 49 West and Cafe Mezzanotte. Her stellar band will include Darius Scott on keys, David Jernigan on bass, Nick Costa on drums and Seth Kibel on clarinet.
Listeners are invited to come in period costume if they so desire. They’ll be treated to two delightful sets of music and a costume contest in between.
Cafe Mezzanotte serves as a beautiful and spacious setting. Guests enjoy a wide selection of wines and Mediterranean cuisine. Ingredients are harvested from the venue's organic garden and other locally grown produce.
Now in its sixth year, Jazz Beyond Borders is a cultural diversity project of the Maryland-based Phillips Agency. The organization brings world music and jazz artists to festivals, concerts and classrooms and launches albums and tours in North America and Europe. Events are presented in live, streaming and hybrid formats.
Coniece Washington will appear in a future show at Cafe Mezzanotte. Join the Jazz Beyond Borders mailing list and stay tuned to learn more about future concerts and festivals such as the new jazz festival to be held outdoors on September 19: http://www.jazzbeyondborders.com