Joan Belgrave is a vocalist, composer, concert producer and an internationally travelled professional. She commands the stage with a powerful vocal style. As a lead member of the Motown Legends gospel choir, her Soulfulness oozes out in every note be it Jazz, Blues or anything else she wants to sing. Here, at Cliff Bells she is partnered with Ibrahim Jones on Bass, Alex White on Drums, and Ian Finkelstein on piano. She is Fresh off of tour with a show at Wynton Marsalis’s Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NY & a stellar show in Philadelphia honoring her late husband, Marcus Belgrave. She says she is “happy to be back home in the D.” This is a Don’t miss show, as you are guaranteed to have a swinging time.
“Her voice was hot. If I sat closer to the bandstand, her voice would’ve melted me”-Charles Latimer-Metro Times
“A Seasoned Entertainer”- Mark Stryker Detroit Free Press
“Joan Belgrave’s relaxed presence had much of the feeling of being at a house party with long-cherished friends rather than presenting a program at one of New York City’s major venues”–NY’s Cabaret Scenes Magazine
……a warm energetic timbre that ignites attention” – Harlem, NY – Amsterdam News
“Her sense of rhythm and phrasing places her solidly in the jazz tradition, and her sound as well as her attention to lyrics is a delight”- SEMJA
(photo credit to Ernest Gregory)