Thu, Mar 30 -
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Sun, Apr 2, 2017
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The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes R&B/Jazz Singer and America Idol winner, Ruben Studdard for four nights and six shows. Band members joining Mr. Studdard are John Jackson (keyboards), Justin McKinney (bass) and David Smith (drums). Show times Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6pm on Thursday and 5:30pm Friday – Sunday.
It’s been 13 years since Fox Television’s “American Idol” television talent competition crowned Studdard its 2003 winner after he pulled 24 million votes and became a household name.
In the years since, the Velvet Teddy Bear (as Gladys Knight nicknamed him for his smoothly soothing vocal style) has produced a string of gold and platinum albums, toured as Fats Waller in a national stage tour of “Ain’t Misbehavin’, appeared on various television shows, toured in the comedy drama “Heaven I Need A Hug” with Robin Givens and played a pastor in the Trace Adkins film, “Lifted.”
Along the way, he’s also picked up Grammy and American Music Award nominations and turned out now classic urban radio hits like “Sorry 2004,” “Superstar,” “Make Ya Feel Beautiful” and “Change Me.” He also scored a #1 Gospel hit with “I Need An Angel.”
His recent releases are “Letters From Birmingham” -- one of Ruben’s most personal albums yet -- and “Unconditional Love,” where he collaborated with the Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster.
Inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005, this alum continues to give back through various ways. Since his induction, Ruben has performed at local Boys & Girls Clubs events across the country. He also established “The Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts.” Through his foundation, Ruben strives to promote the essential role of the arts in education through learning initiatives for the development of students in the Greater Birmingham Area.
He is also an official spokesperson for “Be Sickle Smart,” a nationwide grassroots health-education program aimed at increasing awareness of iron overload among people living with sickle-cell disease.
Studdard has hosted The Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend in his home state of Alabama in which he participated in a half marathon. The former football athlete studied music while attending Alabama A&M University on a football scholarship.
A true musician, Ruben is equally at home in the world of R&B, Gospel, Jazz and Rock. He even has his own rock band called “Just a Few Cats.”
Over the years, Ruben has been nominated for Grammy, Soul Train and American Music Awards and was the recipient of a NAACP award.
Grace KellyTue, Mar 21 - Wed, Mar 22
Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly recently released her 10th CD as a leader. The latest album, Trying To Figure It Out was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
Elvin Bishop BandThu, Mar 23 - Sun, Mar 26
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and blues master... "Rousing, down-home, feel-good music...spunky rhythms and razor-sharp slide...Bishop's a superb guitarist of great strength and skill...a rocking' good time with his 6-peice band!" - Guitar World