Experience The Presence of God Through the Sounds of Jazz!
Join us on June 28th to celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month with Haitian Jazz Sensation Mari Toussaint!
Mari Toussaint is a jazz vocalist whose singing career began with her first breath of life. Her career has modeled the sum total of her life with all its highs and lows, many promises and challenges, met head on.
Mari was born in Brooklyn, NY to Haitian émigré parents. In addition to the traditional rhythms of Rumba played in the home, her mother, a jazz devotee, exposed the family to the big bands at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem on a regular basis. It was there that Mari developed an appreciation for the art of performance.
Mari studied Kathryn Dunham dance technique and voice with Edward Boatner, Eugene Brice and Norman Simmons. She was also mentored by musician/composer Rudy Stevenson and bassist Alex Layne. Mari was a resident member of the Negro Ensemble Co. (NEC) where she was taught acting technique by Mr. Lloyd Richards.
Her vocal jazz performances have been in Senegal W. Africa, Havana, Cuba, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and the United States. Additionally, she has been a Band Leader in various venues rendering jazz standards in both English and Haitian Creole.
For the past several years, Mari has received a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to produce an interactive concert entitled “Jazz Meets the Haitian Community” which encourages the positive integration of the Haitian community through jazz.
With a wonderfully eclectic mix of jazz musicians, mind-blowing acoustics, and spirit-filled music that will touch your soul, our Jazz Vespers service is not to be missed.
The next Jazz Vespers takes place at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST).
Jazz Vespers takes place at Emmanuel Baptist Church Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)