Chris “Daddy” Dave is a drummer, composer, and bandleader from Houston, Texas. He attended Howard University. He is an influential drummer in jazz, gospel, hip hop, noted for his extremely virtuosic sticking technique and ability to play with a high degree of syncopation. He performed professionally as a gospel drummer with the Winans, before being introduced to jazz audiences nationally through his association with the accomplished alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. He performed on Kenny Garrett’s album Standard of Language, before joining the Robert Glasper Experiment and performing on Adele’s Grammy Award winning album. He has also worked with The Winans, D’Angelo, Maxwell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jose James, Kim Burrell, Dolly Parton, Mint Condition, Angus & Julia Stone.
Opening will be Alexis Lombre, a young jazz pianist who discovered early that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The 2017 release of her debut album, Southside Sounds, does just that, as it is a soulful reflection of her upbringing on Chicago’s Southside. This collection of her original compositions is an attempt to pay homage to the southside’s lively artistic, cultural heritage.