Following rave reviews for its performance at last weekend’s Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards, the Jonas Magram Jazz Quintet (JMJQ) brings its vocal-centered jazz back to Café Paradiso Saturday Night, April 13, at 8PM.
The show will feature Jonas Magram (vocals and tenor sax), Steve Hillis (piano), Steve Jeffries (soprano sax and percussion), Dave Johnson (drums) and Gerry Runyon (bass).
Though appreciated for his vocal mastery of a wide range of music styles – he’s recorded three CDs – Jonas seems especially at home when uniquely interpreting legendary jazz standards. As one JMJQ fan puts it, “It’s rare that a single vocalist can melt your heart one moment and make you want to get up and dance the next the way Jonas does.” In addition to vocals, Jonas delivers some hip tenor saxophone.
JMJQ also features Steve Hillis’ keyboard wizardry, combining technical mastery and refined style, perfect for JMJQ’s music.
Steve Jeffries, Dave Johnson (former Iowa Wesleyan music professor), and Gerry Runyon, all highly seasoned musical talents, round out JMJQ’s horn and rhythm sections.
JMJQ’s music ranges from Bossa Novas – “Autumns Leaves,” “Call Me” – to sultry love songs – “How Deep Is The Ocean,” “Under My Skin” – to foot-stompin’ Ellington blues – “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” – to classic instrumentals – “Stolen Moments,” Lullaby of Birdland,” – every tune a treat for heart and soul. The quintet will perform three of Jonas’ Latin and Blues originals as well.
Tickets for this one-night show are just $10 in advance at Café Paradiso, $12 at the door.