April 22, 2018
A special invitation to you!
Let’s Duet: A Springtime Dinner & Concert
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Sterling Event Center
Jacqui Cross, Pamela Hart, Andre James,
Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield and Courtney Santana
Ryan Howard-Piano; Mike Stevens-Bass;
Mike Malone-Saxophone; Andre Hayward-Trombone
Jacqui Cross is best known for her theater work at the State Theater, Zach Scott Theater and Spectrum Theatre Company. She has starred in Dreamgirls, Rockin’ Christmas Party, Beehive, The Buddy Holly Story and much more. She is a founding member of the Spectrum Theatre Company and has recently completed outstanding performances in Crowns and For the Love of Mahalia. Jacqui has won several Awards for her work. She was voted in 2015 was voted the winner of the 2015 Central Texas Excellence In Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Hairspray. As she did with “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” as the lead role as Effie in Dreamgirls, Ms. Cross will grab us wither tender side then sour as she belts out a few licks that will leave us breathless.
Andre’ James is a native of Beaumont, Texas and one of Houston’s most diverse & premier male vocalists. He credits his mother, Esther Seastrunk-McClain for being instrumental in embracing his love of music by exposing him, at an early age, to her eclectic collection of music. While attending Texas Southern University, he became a highly sought after session singer & background vocalist, which afforded him opportunities to tour in Japan, South Africa, & many countries. Andre’ has performed, sung background, toured and shared the stage with Grammy & award-winning artists such as Regina Belle, Kirk Whalum, Yolanda Adams, Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau, Chante Moore, Mikki Howard, Syleena Johnson, Howard Hewett, Tony Terry, Marc Anthony, Kyle Turner, Ruben Studdard, Boney James, Reba McIntire, Lyle Lovett, Vesta Williams, Ollie Woodson, Chris Walker and the list goes on. Andre is stepping out in front from the background with his solo project set to release the fall of 2017
Born in 1987, the youngest child of Charles and Cecelia Mayfield seemed to always gravitate towards music. In fact, she feels she was basically groomed to be a musician. In July of 2013 Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, a 26- year old native Texan, stepped off of an airplane and found herself in the London Heathrow Airport. It was hard to believe…for her. Surreal even. Scott Yanow, jazz journalist, described her voice on her first album as “attractive with excellent elocution.” LadyMay doesn’t take her career for granted and soaks up moments when she is able to be surrounded by influential jazz artists. In October of 2010, LadyMay was chosen to be one of the 12 semi-finalists in the Thelonious Monk Competition held at the Smithsonian Museum of the Native American in Washington, DC. She sang before an all-star vocal jazz panel of Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling. The experience is one that she truly cherishes. She has also opened for other well-known artists such as Kirk Whalum, Randy Brecker, Dave Valentin, Bobbi Humphrey and “The Main Ingredient”. Many of her fans describe her sound and persona as refreshing and beautiful. And jazz lovers relish in the fact that LadyMay seems to be keeping the genre alive and well. Scott Yanow, jazz journalist, described her voice on her first album as “attractive with excellent elocution.”
Vocalist and recording artist Courtney Santana has been in music, live music theater, and dance for over 30 years. She has been a featured vocalist and background vocalist on over 17 albums and she has performed with and alongside Brannen Temple, Guy Forsyth, Patrice Pike, Strings Attached, Malford Milligan, Nakia, Chanel Haynes, and more. She has also opened for national acts like Kirk Whalum, Kyle Turner, Salt N Pepa, and Musiq Soulchild. In 2017 she will release her single Survive and a full-length album in Spring of 2018. She has been nominated by the Austin Chronicle for best cover band for 3 times. As a member of Austin’s theater community, she has performed in some of Austin’s most loved musical performances including Dreamgirls, Fame, Porgy & Bess, and RENT and in May of 2012, she was honored to be the cover of Austin Women’s Magazine for her work as a vocalist and as a leader in the domestic violence movement. In 2017, she received a proclamation from Mayor Steve Adler, proclaiming March 3 is Courtney Santana Day in Austin, Texas.