The 2018 Chene Park Jazzy Nights Series welcomes Grammy® award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Jody Watley recognized as one of the most prominent visionaries of her her era and one whose influence remains a key touchstone in popular music. The concert experience features a spotlight on decades of solo hits in various genres from R&B/Pop, Minneapolis Funk, Hip Hop, Adult Contemporary, Dance, Jazzy Electronica and beyond as well as critically acclaimed new music
A mainstay on MTV with her trendsetting videos, street-chic fashion and sultry dance moves; her classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come. Jody Watley’s music spans 80’s, 90’s, 00’s 10’s. 6 Hot 100 Singles, 15 Top Forty Singles, 2 #1 R&B Singles, 7 Top 5 R&B singles 13 #1 Dance Singles ranking Watley by Billboard in 2016 as one of the Greatest Dance Artists of All Time, millions of albums sold.
Critics and fans alike agree ‘In concert “Watley brings a full live show that is not to be missed.”
This concert experience also features a segment with her much talked about new group SRL with Nate Allen Smith and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy. The trio have been playing to sold out shows across the the United States to rave reviews with two critically acclaimed singles and video’s under their belt, bringing additional fresh vitality and vibrancy and as Watley says “..an extra sexy element for the ladies!”
SRL also join Watley on Shalamar classics she originated including (“A Night to Remember” and “Take That To The Bank”) as well as their own new hit material. Jody Watley continues to be one of music’s most venerable and eclectic artists showing no signs of slowing down in music and live entertainment.
Also on the bill is jazz music’s Mike Phillips.
Ladies pull out your hoop earrings – it’s a going to be a soulful funky party!
Decades of hits, influence in style, fashion meets music in early celebrity ad campaigns, high profile editorial features, the first artist to introduce the rap/sung formula Pop/R and B, Dance with Hip Hop Rap on the groundbreaking multi format Crossover hot “Friends” featuring Eric B & Rakim – a formula that continues to dominate commercial music and ended up with a category of its own at The Grammys by The Recording Academy in the 90’s to being ranked by Billboard Magazine as one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists Of All Time in 2016 and still going strong – Jody Watley is not only one of the music s most enduring and versatile stars as well she is one of Grammys Best New Artist success stories.
Coming to digital outlets February 12, the jazzy bossa nova makeover of the Bob Marley classic produced by Jody Watley and Rodney Lee. This version differs from tbe Dance Remix Produced by Ron Trent from the 2008 “The Makeover.”
The Damien Sandoval directed video will follow soon after.