Black History Month_2021-Laine-Mitchell
Dame Cleo Laine DBE is an English jazz and pop singer and an actress, known for her scat singing and her vocal range. Cleo Laine is a singer who has done just about everything. She’s played everywhere – English dance halls to London’s Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie to the Blue Note Cafe. From performances on stage, on Broadway, to London’s West End, done opera and the BBC. Laine is the only female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories. She is the widow of jazz composer and musician Sir John Dankworth.
Performed at The Grand – October 1994
BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL
is an extremely versatile and in-demand singer and has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pop, country, and musical theater worlds. Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime. In 2016 he was awarded his second Tony Award, the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Tony for his charitable work with The Actors Fund. That same year Stokes was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Performed at The Grand – October 2005