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Brian Clemens Big Band Meets Tawanda

Thursday, June 20 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Doors open at 5:30 PM Seats may still be available!
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Steamers JAZZ at JAX Brian Clemens Big Band Meets Tawanda

Brian Clemens
Brian Clemens is a London-based jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader originally from Los Angeles. After earning his Master’s Degree in California and studying under Grammy Award-winning pianist/arranger Bill Cunliffe, Brian established himself in the vibrant Los Angeles music scene. He has headlined at renowned venues such as Herb Albert’s Vibrato Jazz Grill and Campus JAX.

Recently, Brian has gained international acclaim, captivating audiences in countries such as The Netherlands and Spain. His latest album, Live in London ft. Francesca Confortini, was recorded in London in the fall of 2023 and is available on all streaming platforms.

Brian Clemens draws inspiration from legendary pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, and George Shearing. His arranging styles reflect the influence of greats like Billy May and Nelson Riddle.

Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim is a first-generation New Mexico native singer and songwriter, currently based in sunny Los Angeles, California. An alumna of Santa Fe University of Art and Design with a focus on jazz vocals, she has won multiple prestigious awards, including first place in the Sarah Vaughan Vocal Jazz Competition (2021) and the BISTRO Outstanding Achievement Award for Jazz Vocalists (2023).

Her debut jazz album, Smile (2022), was made with love at Beverly Hills’ Resonance Records and is available on all streaming platforms. Additionally, she has been featured on Ivan Lins’ Grammy-nominated album My Heart Speaks (2023) and is looking forward to releasing original music soon.

Tawanda is proud to be a featured performer with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. After two videos and a US Spring Tour with them in early 2024, she’s excited to join their summer tour later this year. With a mother from Germany and a father from Mozambique, she is a proud child of immigrants and aspires to walk strong in honor of her name, which means “we are more.”

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