Our second concert in the 2018 Jazz in the Heights series features vocalist Dixie Karas, accompanied by Aaron Jacobs (on Bass), Jim Connerley (on Piano), John Taylor (on Drums), and Ted Karas (on Guitar).
Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 day of show. Free tickets are available for Kennedy Heights residents, thanks to sponsor Kennedy Heights Community Council! Call 513.631.4278 to reserve free tickets.
Dixie Karas is a Cincinnati native, working full-time in the music industry as one of the Queen City’s most powerful singers. Well known for her uniquely passionate and dynamic voice, she brings energy to any live or studio setting. Dixie gives every audience an amazing experience, effortlessly leaping from soothing melodies to fierce soulful deliveries. Her commanding presence connects with listeners in a way that makes them a part of the magic.
Pianist Jim Connerley has been an active member of the Cincinnati and surrounding tristate jazz community since 1990. He graduated, magna cum laude, with a master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Music. He has performed with such internationally known jazz artists as Barry Ries, Don Braden, Antonio Hart, David “Fathead” Newman, Rich Perry and Delfeayo Marsalis. Since moving to the Cincinnati area he has been a member of some of its finest jazz groups including the Pat Harbison Quintet, the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble the salsa band, Tropicoso and the Brent Gallaher Quartet. Currently he is a member of the Art Gore Quartet, the John Zappa trio and the Gary Gorrell Quartet. He also works regularly with vocalist Adia Dobbins.
Along with his own jazz trio, Jim also leads the United Methodist Jazz trio, an exciting group who performs jazz treatments of gospel songs, hymns and spirituals. Their album, Spirit Songs, re-released in 2006 received critical acclaim from both jazz and liturgical circles. Music critic Larry Nager of the Cincinnati Enquirer gave the album 4-½ stars and called it “music of the highest level.”
Dixie Karas group is a well-rounded band of musicians. Starting with the band. Dixie’s husband Ted Karas has been playing guitar And has been music director for many projects. He’s performed The Broadway performance of Tommy in New York plus performances and recordings for Cincinnati Pops, played with Bernadette Peters, Joel Gray, Howie Mandel, George Burns, tons of jingles. Aaron Jacobs plays bass and teaches at CCM. Plus plays in several original bands. Also you can hear him all over town gigging. John Taylor plays drums and also teaches at CCM. He’s amazing at laying down a groove you can’t ignore.