206 West 118th Street
DOORS OPEN AT 6pm
7:30pm – Doors Open 6pm
9:30pm – Doors Open 9pm
Sets are 1 hour long
The admission price :
VIP FRONT : $40
PLUS a 2 drink minimum.
* Admission may increase depending upon a given week’s performance schedule.
During performances, quiet policy is enforced
ABOUT THE ARTIST
DARRIAN FORD, A Chicago native, began his professional theater career at age 13 in Oscar Brown Jr’s GREAT NITTY GRITTY. He attended the Chicago Academy for The Arts on a full
scholarship, shortly after which the young dance prodigy moved to NYC to dance in the companies of Alvin Ailey and Donald Byrd/The Group.
He made his Broadway debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s STATE FAIR and also appeared in The Who’s TOMMY (B’way/1st National), Smokey Joe’s cafe (1st National) and Oprah Winfrey’s THE COLOR PURPLE (1st National). He co-starred opposite Halle Berry in HBO’s INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE as Fayard Nicholas of the legendary Nicholas Brothers.
In 2006, he began touring his original concept concert, THE COOKE BOOK-The Music of Sam Cooke, nationally. He continues to perform THE COOKE BOOK and is dedicated to bringing a grand orchestral production of the show to a major casino showroom. An obvious veteran entertainment chameleon, in February of 2018 he released his new album of original vocal Jazz compositions, NEW STANDARDS.
NEW STANDARDS is a nod to the golden age of Jazz and Standards, and a statement of personal and artistic evolution. It includes ten original songs and two amazing reimagined covers. It also includes two duets with awesome female Chicago vocalists. You will hear the many musical influences in his life, including reminiscent stylings of his music heroes. With the sum of his parts, he is the next great international recording artist and entertainer.
About NEW STANDARDS, the reviews say…
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Ford steps into the spotlight with a full arsenal of well-penned originals and a voice that suggests he has studied for years. It has soul and is technically assured”.
“New Standards might have the air of a jazz album, but its soul-based vocalist transcends the jazz idiom, to a cross-over appeal that will light the fire of any soul-singer aficionado. Ford’s voice easily moves and stretches in any given direction he takes it, to suit the mood of the tune”.
“Promoted as a Jazz album but this is much more than that. It’s very soulful with jazz touches, his voice has such clarity and dominance”.
ALL ABOUT VOCALS
“There is an immediate recognition of Al Jarreau in his voice that gives the album a reminiscent excitement of vocal prowess”.