Leslie Odom Jr. with Dee Dee Bridgewater and DIVA Jazz Orchestra
Leslie Odom Jr. earned a 2016 Tony Award for his role as Aaron Burr in the blockbuster Broadway hit musical Hamilton. He is also a Grammy Award-winner as a principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2016 award for Best Musical Theater Album.
His debut solo album — the self-titled Leslie Odom, Jr. — climbed to the top of the jazz charts following its June 2016 release. On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best-known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series, “Smash,” and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on “Law & Order: SVU.”
Dee Dee Bridgewater stands as a jazz giant after a four-decade career that includes three Grammy Awards. Her talent carried over to theater, too, where she won a 1975 Tony Award from her role as Glinda in The Wiz — one of her many on-stage credits.
At the festival, Bridgewater will be performing her eagerly-anticipated Memphis Project that sounds like Memphis and feels like Memphis, but also sounds and feels as only a Bridgewater album can, imbibed with her own fierce passion, originality and incredibly dynamic take on the tracks.
DIVA is an ensemble of 15 extremely talented and versatile female musicians. With New York as their home base, DIVA performs all over the world playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians themselves. Audiences can expect to hear high-energy performances packed with unique improvisation, spontaneity and fun.
Thursday, June 28 at 7:30pm
KeyBank State Theatre 1519 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115