“If people really want to know me, then listen to my music – my words especially,” says Byron Cage, one of the biggest names in urban praise and worship music. “If you want to know what my beliefs are, I always put that in my music.”
FAITH LEADER, SOCIAL ENGINEER, ENTREPRENEUR, IDEA MAKER, ARTIST, and COMMUNICATOR, are just some of the words that describe Charles Jenkins who is a leader widely respected and revered for his innovative thinking, contemporary leadership, business savvy and holistic approach to social change and large-scale community development.
Ski Johnson a Washington, DC based saxophonist has developed a captivating soulful jazz style that undisputedly makes him a musical force in the New Millennium. Artistically his creative, distinctive and versatile sound is comparable to renowned soul and legend jazz artists such as the late Grover Washington Jr., Gerald Albright, Najee and the late George Howard. Ski Johnson is accompanied by a seven-piece ensemble that includes some of the most talented and experienced musicians in the country. Together they have an energetic stage presence that makes them one of the most exciting groups of performers to hit the soul/jazz scene in recent history.
Simone Joy Jones made her Broadway debut in March 2010 in the Tony Award-winning play The Miracle Worker, playing best friend Martha to Abigail Breslin’s Helen Keller. Simone Joy Jones is a multi-talented young artist who is known in the industry as a “Triple Threat” – she acts, sings and dances. She made her film debut playing “young Vicky” in “Son of No One,” starring Al Pacino. A native of North Carolina, now living in Texas, this youthful professional enjoys reading, writing, and of course, singing, dancing and acting, and is grateful for the opportunity to do what she loves on stage and screen.
The Soul Symphony Orchestra – featuring SAGE
Lewis and Kirk Music Inc. of Mount Vernon is honored to be featured at the African American Church Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2013, celebrating the re-election of President Barack Obama. The ensemble selected for this occasion is called “The Soul Symphony Orchestra” which features four members of the company’s all ladies ensemble SAGE, Andrea and James Rohlehr & the AndJam Band, harpist Brandee Younger and singers Nicole Phifer, Shevon Loftin and Larry Loftin.The Soul Symphony Orchestra will accompany master musician, Hugh Masekela, award winning gospel artist Byron Cage and Pastor Charles Jenkins.
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts developed from the collaborative efforts between Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Mike Malone, founders of Workshops for Careers in the Arts in 1968. Workshops grew to become the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1974—an accredited four-year public high school combining arts and academics.
In September 2000, the Ellington partnership evolved into the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Project (DESAP) to include the District of Columbia Public Schools, The Ellington Fund, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The George Washington University. DESAP continues Ellington’s tradition of providing high school students with an educational experience that includes college preparatory academics, pre-professional artistic training, and access to the cultural and intellectual resources of the District of Columbia.
In addition to the great history of the Ellington School, the internationally famous Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir serves as one of the schools premier performing groups. Organized in 1986 by artistic director Samuel L.E. Bonds and currently under the direction of Ellington alum and former show choir member Dr. Monique Holmes. The highly acclaimed and national award winning Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir has thrilled audiences throughout the United States, Germany, France, London, China, Japan and the Caribbean and have become favorites at the Obama White House.
The ensemble’s incredible creativity and artistry so effectively combine singing, acting and dance that any performance space is virtually transformed into a Broadway stage.