MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Mount Vernon Summer Concert series will continue this week with concerts featuring popular jazz and gospel artists.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Bobbi Humphrey and Patience Higgins will bring smooth jazz to the steps of City Hall. On Saturday, Bishop Eric McDaniel will perform a series of gospel favorites for listeners.
Humphrey, who was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie, was the first female signed to Blue Note Records. She has played with some of the all-time greats, including Duke Ellington, Lee Morgan and Stevie Wonder. In 1976, Humphrey was named the best female instrumentalist by Billboard and she started her own label, Paradise Sounds Records, in 1994.
Higgins has worked alongside R&B legends Wilson Pickett and Sam and Dave and several key jazz figures. He’s toured and recorded with many notable musicians and his music has been featured on Broadway shows including Ave. Q, Dreamgirls and Hair.
Bishop Eric McDaniel got started in the industry when he was the organist and choir director at his church when he was 13 years old. He has been writing songs since he was a teenager and has since had several hits in the gospel community.
The concert series kicked off last week with a performance by jazz trumpeter Kenny Lee.
Each concert will engender a different genre of music, from Caribbean and Reggae to R&B and hip-hop.
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