– James Horowitz Trio w/ Niki Haris & Jimmer Bolden
Thursday, July 9
Aspen Art Museum
From inspiration in Marciac, SW France 1989 to launch in Aspen 1991, the story of JAS in words & music featuring (2) world class vocalists, each steeped in JAS history, swinging jazz, soul & blues; (30) years of JAS stories to amaze & uplift, (looking back & forward) to celebrate JAS’ quest for a permanent home: The JAS Center at the Red Onion!
Vocalist Niki Haris, daughter of legendary jazz pianist Gene Haris, shares the same ebullient, swinging style, drenched in the sound of the blues. JAS President James Horowitz & His Trio accompany Niki in a tour of diverse standards old and new, blues and soul.
Niki has worked with a multitude of recording artists ranging from pop, R&B, to Jazz, including Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Santana, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston and 18 years of recording and touring with Madonna. Although her career has focused on singing and dancing, choreography and acting are also part her immense career.
Like many African-American vocalists, Jimmer Bolden started singing in church – but not until he was 30! He then began singing jazz in nightclubs in DC with the James Horowitz Trio. Jimmer has since appeared regularly at jazz venues in Aspen, San Diego, and in Los Angeles where he is based. He has made multiple appearances at Jazz Aspen Snowmass and its sister festival, Jazz in Marciac, France, and was invited to perform at the 1st Annual Sonoma Jazz Plus. Jimmer has two jazz recordings to his credit (The Hippest Cat in Hollywood and I’m Glad I Thought About You),
Jimmer ventured into the musical theater world and has performed in several productions with major regional theater companies in San Diego and Los Angeles – as Booker T. Washington in three productions of Ragtime, The Musicald, and as the voice of The Plant in Little Shop of Horrors. His latest pursuits have led to him appearing in several TV and internet commercials, and as the soloist with the 150-voice Angel City Chorale on their “Golden Buzzer” performance on America’s Got Talent in 2018.
Inspired by his visit to the magical Jazz in Marciacfestival in SW France in 1989, then Wash DC based jazz pianist James Horowitz enlisted his “After Hours” vocal student Jimmer Bolden to help launch the original Jazz Aspen festival in June 1991. In words and music, (30) years of JAS stories to make you swoon, laugh and sometimes cry. Joined by the inimitable vocalist Niki Haris, join JAS as we look back & forward to celebrate our quest for a permanent home: the JAS Center at Red Onion.