Miss Justine and Friends will bring a diversity of repertoire to Jazz Night at the Michener Art Museum Saturday, October 1, 8 to 11 pm, in the Ann and Herman Silverman Pavilion.
Jazz historian Gene Lees dubbed Miss Justine (Justine Keeys) “the lady with the amazing pipes.”
“Indeed, Keeys’ voice is one of the classic song stylist, full of wisdom that seeps through the words as she seems to share details about her life, rather than just running through lyrics,” says jazzreview.com. “Miss Justine reaffirms her talent as one of those rare singers who can infuse a song with her own personality as if she were confiding meaningful information with her listeners.”
According to AllAboutJazz.com, “Jazz vocalist Miss Justine is a Philadelphia phenomenon… her unique mastery of the jazz idiom is so completely faithful to the music that it seems to run through her rather than be ‘performed’ in any artificial sense of that term. Thus, Justine… has the intuitive sense of phrasing, timing and dynamics that is never forced, but rather an expression of the song itself. She is a remarkably sincere and unaffected person and this is reflected in her singing.”
The youngest member of a music-loving North Philly family which often hosted struggling young musicians like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins (who would stop by and show off their musical progress) and McCoy Tyner (who married Miss Justine’s sister), the precocious young Miss Justine soon picked up on what was around her. She sang in a talent show at the age of 3 and counts Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole and Shirley Horn among her influences.
Miss Justine has worked with Shirley Scott, Ray Charles, Keter Betts, Al Grey, Butch Ballard, Bootsie Barnes, Don Patterson, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hartman, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and her musical mentor for more than 15 years, the late pianist Gerald Price.
Her repertoire at Jazz Night will include everything from Billy Strayhorn to “Peter Gunn.” “She personalizes the song and leaves a lasting final impression in the tradition of Etta Jones or Nancy Wilson,” says Michener Art Museum Director of Programs Zoriana Siokalo.
Miss Justine’s discography includes “Tasty” and the more recent “The Many Moods of Miss Justine,” both on Dreambox Media. Visit Miss Justine at www.dreamboxmedia.com.
Jazz Nights are all-inclusive evenings featuring hearty appetizers and desserts by Havana Catering and refreshments from River Horse Brewing Company and Sand Castle Winery from 8 to 10 p.m., with music from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Museum galleries are open until 10 p.m.
Advance tickets are required for Jazz Night. General admission seating may be purchased online at http://www.MichenerArtMuseum.org or by phone at 215-340-9800. Tickets cost $40, $34 for Museum members, $20 for students accompanied by a ticketed adult (must be purchased by phone). Reserved table seating for four or six people is $48 ($42 for Museum members). The reception and general Museum admission is included in the price.
This event is sponsored by Friends of Jazz Night.
The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, Pa. Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm;
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission: Members and children under 6, free; adults $12.50; seniors $11.50; college student with valid ID $9.50; ages 6-18 $6; under 6 free. For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call 215-340-9800.