The Lydia Gray Quartet featuring vocalist Betty Gray and Jamie Fallon Smith with Ed Eastridge, Guitar; Marcus Copening, Drums; Glendon Ingalls, Bass bring an evening of American Jazz Standards that will have you flying on a cloud of romance!
Lydia Gray has performed across the United States and the Caribbean including New York City’s famed Algonquin’s Oak Room and Cafe Pierre, and was nominated for the MAC award for Female New Debut. Lydia has two critically acclaimed albums and carries on a musical legacy as the daughter of Betty Johnson Gray. Ed Eastridge is a classical and jazz guitarist as well as award winning producer who has worked with artists including Sheryl Crowe, Emmylou Harris and Wynton Marsalis, among others.
The performance will also feature vocalist Betty Gray and Jamie Fallon Smith.,
Betty Gray who adopts “old school” elements that she grew up listening to and utilizing them in contemporary setting. Born in Madrid, Spain, Betty is the granddaughter of the infamous American 50s singer Betty Johnson and daughter of Elisabeth Gray- as well as the niece of Lydia Gray. Betty is currently enrolled as scholarship recipient at Berklee College of Music as a Music Business/Management and Performance major.
Jamie Fallon Smith, a 20 year-old South African-born singer-songwriter with an affinity for jazz, R'n'B and pop music. She grew up listening to the likes of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra and more, while also being highly influenced by pop-singers such as Amy Winehouse and Adele. Wanting to be a part of her school jazz band, Ms. Smith started playing alto saxophone at age 11 and performed nationally with her school jazz band. Ms.Smith began her studies with both formal classical and jazz training. At 16, Ms. Smith featured on season 11 of South African Idols. With a love of performing onstage, Ms. Smith received a scholarship to train in musical theater at the New York Film Academy and continued performing in musicals throughout her high school career. Ms. Smith has both performed in and created her own one-person shows. Ms.smith currently majors in songwriting at Berklee College of Music from which she received a scholarship. With her own music in the works Ms.Smith aspires to continue her dream of performing and connecting with audiences all around the world.
Tickets are by donation and the proceeds benefit the programs at Court Street Arts