Saturday, November 13, 8pm – 11pm (doors open at 6pm) PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION IS REQUIRED
Lena Seikaly, vocals
Chris Grasso, piano
Amy Shook, bass
Lenny Robinson, drums
";...one of the local jazz scene’s most promising performers"
?– The Washington Post
"Lena Seikaly [is] one of the contenders for D.C.'s best singer, with a rich voice and precise articulation that belies her enormous creativity on the vocal" – Washington City Paper
"Ms. Seikaly sings with a rich mezzo-soprano voice, using intonation, timbre and control that reflect her classical training. Her phrasing, feeling and improvisatory leanings come from an understanding of jazz values." – Doug Ramsey (2008 Lifetime Achievement award-winning jazz journalist)
A fixture on the D.C. jazz scene for more than a decade, vocalist and DC area-
native Lena Seikaly is already making her mark in national and international jazz circles
as a revivalist of traditional jazz vocals, as well as an innovator in contemporary vocal
jazz styles. She was one of eleven semi-finalists for the prestigious 2015 Thelonious
Monk Institute International Jazz Vocals Competition in L.A., is an alum of the Betty
Carter Jazz Ahead program in DC, the Jazz Aspen Snowmass program directed by
Christian McBride, and the Strathmore Artist-in-Residence program in Maryland. Both
as a bandleader and featured artist, Lena has headlined at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Shanghai (China), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Strathmore
Music Center, Blues Alley, the Hamilton, West Virginia Public Radio’s Mountain Stage,
Sidney Harman Hall, various Smithsonian venues and DC’s famed Westminster
Church, as well as the Elkhart Jazz Festival (Elkhart, IN), Mel Bay Jazz Festival (St.
Louis, MO), Chestertown Jazz Festival (Chestertown, MD), DC Jazz Festival
(Washington, DC), and Center City Jazz Festival (Philadelphia, PA). She has performed
alongside Byron Stripling, Christian McBride, Sean Jones, Cyrus Chestnut, Norman
Simmons, Walter Blanding, Michael Feinstein, Duduka da Fonseca, and various big
bands including the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks
Orchestra, U.S. Army Blues, Capitol Bones Big Band, and the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.
For more information, visit www.lenaseikaly.com.