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An extraordinary duo, tightly bound by love, family, faith, culture and community. These are the things and values that drive and define The Baylor Project feat. Jean and Marcus Baylor. And of course, the heart and soul of jazz that virtually permeates this extraordinary collaboration.

As pastors' kids, Marcus and Jean's musical roots are deeply rooted in the church, where they encountered jazz, gospel, blues and soul from an early age.

The two exceptional artists are among the best and most successful in the jazz world, and as a duo their dynamic performances are a true experience.

The Baylors lead the audience through an evening of authentic Afro-American music.

They play their own compositions and new arrangements of classical pieces, perform ballads with much grace and elegance, encourage the audience to pause in spirituals and perhaps even seduce them to clap along with their driving swing. They are likeable, they are virtuosic, and for these reasons they captivate full houses and sold-out audiences.

Their debut CD "The Journey", released on their own label, Be A Light, topped the Billboard Jazz Chart at Number 8 in 2017 and a year later garnered 2 GRAMMY® Nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance. Two years later during one of the most challenging years in recent history, The Baylors released their single, “Sit On Down” in 2020 which earned a 3rd GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, solidifying The Baylor Project as an undeniable force. Their second album, “Generations,” released in 2021 earned the duo its 4th GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. “Generations,” a cultural anthology rooted in everyday life experiences, becoming the #1 jazz vocal album on the JazzWeek radio charts and the standout song “We Swing (The Cypher)” was named among NPR Music’s 100 Best Songs of 2021.

Jean, a “Jersey Girl”, was introduced to jazz in college as a Vocal Performance Major at Temple University, where she was heavily influenced by artists such as Carmen McCrae, Jimmy Scott, and Shirley Horn. She subsequently made her mark as one-half of the platinum recording duo, Zhane´. In time, Jean grew into a composer, arranger, producer and bandleader. She has been a featured guest artist on performances and recordings with artists including Yellowjackets, Kenny Garrett, Marcus Miller and legendary bassist, Buster Williams. Well-equipped with an agile mezzo-soprano range, Jean combines a fresh, whimsical approach to phrasing with clever improvisation resulting in singing of such vocal purity that she embraces the soul.Marcus, a St. Louis native, is widely recognized as the former member and drummer of the GRAMMY® Award winning jazz quartet, Yellowjackets.

While attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he began touring and recording with Cassandra Wilson and went on to work with artists including Kenny Garrett and John Scofield. Since then, Marcus has come into his own as a composer, arranger, producer and bandleader. With his natural feel, creative use of space and innovative ability to tell a story, his musicianship and improvisation are those of a seasoned musician.

The two are accompanied by a fantastic band consisting of top notch players of the US-American scene: Keith Loftis, one of the leading tenor players on the New York scene, who has wowed everyone from Roy Hargrove to Kenny Barron to Ray Charles.Terry Brewer, who congenially stages Jean's singing and Keith's saxophone playing with his circumspect and light-footed piano playing and Ameen Saleem, one of the rising stars of the scene, who is active as a bassist and composer and was able to acquire musicians such as Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut and Gregory Hutchinson for his debut album.


2 Shows: at 7 and at 9!

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