Jelly’s Last Jam at Signature Theatre August 2nd – September 11th, 2016 - The Apartments at CityCenter
Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn nightclub for the electrifying, multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award®-winning musical that tells the story of jazz through one of its most notorious entertainers: Jelly Roll Morton.
Journey from the back alleys of New Orleans to the dance halls of Chicago to the stages of New York with “he who drinks from the vine of syncopation” in a sizzling memoir of pride, lust and a past denied.
Directed by Matthew Gardiner (West Side Story, Cabaret), this Washington premiere stars acclaimed jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Strathmore), and features Tony Award®-winner Cleavant Derricks (Broadway’s Dreamgirls) and the soul-stirring Nova Y. Payton with dazzling, high-energy choreography by Broadway’s Jared Grimes. Now that’s how you jazz!
For tickets and information: http://www.sigtheatre.org/events/2016-17/jellys-last-jam/
Mark G. Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) ALBUMS: To the People, Somethin’ Good, A Child is Born. CONCERTS: Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Small’s Jazz Club, The Strathmore (2015 Strathmore Artist in Residence), Bohemian Caverns, Bethesda Jazz & Blues Supper Club, Twins Jazz, The Metropolitan Club, An Die Musik. INTERNATIONAL: Qatar, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, The Caribbean. APPEARED WITH: Bobby McFerrin, Kendrick Lamar, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, and Warren Wolf. AWARDS: Washington City Paper’s Artist of the Year and Composer of the Year, Finalist in the DC Jazz Festival’s Band Competition. TEACHING: Jazz Instructor, Duke Ellington School of the Arts; director/arranger for “The Mellow Tones” Duke Ellington’s jazz vocal ensemble; Graduate Assistant, The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. www.MarkGMeadows.com @MarkGMeadows