Jeri Brown CD Recording at Catalina Bar and Grill Feb. 12th

Jeri Brown is a Canadian-based jazz singer-songwriter and bandleader originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She launched a solo career in 1989 with her premiere CD "Mirage" of 1990 featuring jazz pianist Fred Hersch. Consistently performing internationally, Jeri Brown has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals and events that include The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, La Villette Jazz Festival, La Vienne Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Akbank Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and Toronto Jazz Festival.

Jeri also teaches, mentors and coaches at Montreal's Concordia University and Jongleur Vocal Arts Performance School.

Even though Jeri Brown recently said she would be stepping away from the spotlight in the new year, she'll still be on the radar. Jeri has enjoyed an illustrious career as an award winning jazz vocalist with eleven c.d.s to her credit for Justin Time Records and her own label, Jongleur Productions. A devoted educator, Ms. Brown has coached and encouraged performers for over 30 years. As a way to thank her loyal followers for their support through the years, Brown will be releasing her very first live album in the beginning of 2013. The jazz avant-garde vocal diva will be recording the new CD during her upcoming show at Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles on Feb. 12. The concert is a part of the Storytelling winter leg of Jeri's First Ladies of Jazz tour.

To include her fans in the adventure, Brown is asking that they share with her the moment that her music first grabbed their attention in a new 'captured' essay contest. Fans are being asked to submit a 50 word max. essay of what Jeri's music means to them — and why. The essays must be submitted by Feb. 11 (11.59 p.m. Pacific time) through the singer's official website at Simply go to the 'Connect' page to submit your message. Enter "Catalina" as Subject. Brown will announce her Top five (5) personal favorite essays on Feb. 12 during a break in the live recorded performance at Catalina's. >The winner will walk away with two ticket reimbursements to the live album recording, which includes a meet and greet with Jeri Brown, plus a VIP package

"Mercy Rain" will be distributed digitally by Jongleur Productions.

With a swoop of delight returns this starlet to the international performance stage. In her First Ladies of Jazz series, Jeri Brown presents a glorious blend of contemporary and pop gems. Jeri's live performance at Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, features a crack band with Clayton Cameron on drums, Trevor Ware on electric and acoustic bass, and Woody Woods on piano and keyboards along with the extraordinary featured vocalist – Mon David. The title cut – Mercy Rain – focuses on the spirit. "It's about meeting God or what one imagines pure truth to be. There is a reference to mercy falling like rain in Shakespeare: the quality of mercy is not strained…(from The Merchant of Venice)." There is also a strong reference to the composer's childhood on the prairie in Alberta. "Feeling the heat build in high summer, and then one afternoon, everything changes, the clouds gather and the heavens open. I think we hunger for real love, real unity. The Sufis say die before you die, find the truth while you are alive if you can, strive to find it not without you but within your heart. So the call is from the heart." There's also the play of rain of love and reign of love – the door is open…." Jeri Brown

Upcoming Concerts:
FEBRUARY 12, 2013: Jeri Brown Live Recording Concert with special guest Mon David, Catalina Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, California
February 14, 2013 : Jeri Brown Concert, The Merc, Temecula, California
February 15, 2013 : Jeri Brown Club Date, Savanna Jazz, San Francisco, California
February 16, 2013 : Jeri Brown Club Date, Savanna Jazz, San Francisco, California
March 3, 2013: Jeri Brown Concert, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, California

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