A jazz concert featuring rising young jazz star Dontae Winslow and friends will take place in the Great Hall at Levering on the Homewood campus on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the JHU 1998 United Way Campaign.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students with I.D. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the E-Level Pub.
Winslow's program includes traditional "old school" standards such as "Body and Soul" and "My Funny Valentine" (with female vocals), then some of the young musician's original compositions in the same style, such as "Divine Order" and "Elaine." From this point Winslow usually picks up the pace with some swinging blues and scat vocals. In conclusion, the band shifts into high gear, belting out a few of Winslow's hip hop, jazz/funk originals, which bridge the gap between traditional jazz and more contemporary pop genres. Numbers like "You Are My Everything" and "My Little Cousins" fuse the two, making this totally original style exciting and accessible to those who love jazz, contemporary funkier genres, or both. The concert will be approximately one hour in length.
Dontae Winslow has performed with such notable musicians as Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Hargrove (with whom he has made a European tour), Antonio Hart, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson and Wynton Marsalis, and in the Montreaux and Montreal jazz festivals. Recently, he performed with Stevie Wonder for the opening of the Ravens' stadium at Camden Yards.
In September, Winslow released a jazz band CD and a "Live from the Baltimore Museum of Art" CD of jazz band and hip hop music featuring Mashica Hunt as soprano vocalist.
Winslow was a finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch as a finalist in the BSO's1997 "Search for a Star" competition.
Winslow grew up on West North Avenue in Baltimore and is currently a master's degree student at Peabody.