Mavis Swan Poole & Oleg Butman Trio

13 June
Starting at — 20:00 & 22:00
Hall main/small: 1500 / 1200 rub.

The Lady: Crowned “Little Ella” by legendary tromobonist Curtis Fuller, award winning vocalist/composer/lyricist Mavis ‘SWAN’ Poole is generating quite a buzz on the music scene. Swan is graced with an unrivaled brilliance of shattering genre barriers with her rich and smoky sound, and is often compared to vocalists like Erykah Badu, Ella Fitzgerald, Jill Scott, and Abbey Lincoln. SWAN displays her versatility as a complete Musician by working amongst the greats in a variety of genres. The vocalist for the Bill Lee big band, (filmmaker Spike Lee’s father), was praised as “Indy’s 2007 Jazz Vocalist to watch”, yet flexible enough to record with Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder & Hip Hop guru Buckshot on their collaboration, The Formula. She also graces the stage as supporting vocals for singers like Lauryn Hill and soul singer, N’Dambi. Through these opportunities, Ms. SWAN has had Television appearances on Jimmy Fallon Late Night, The Monique Show, and solo appearances featuring her original hit, “Feel Good Music” on CBS Morning Show, and Different Voices TV Show. As far as Festivals, in 2011 alone, she’s played at Coachella, New Orleans JazzFest, Jazz In the Gardens, and many other well-known venues, like the chains of House Of Blues and Jazz, Apollo Theater, Birdland Nueburg. Here, she shared the stage with giants like Kings Of Leon, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Mystikal, Cee Lo Green, and countless others. As a solo artist, SWAN recently performed on BET and CentricTV. She was hand picked to sing the National Anthem at the Barclays Center NY for the 2010 Groundbreaking, and again in Feb. for the Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets game. 

HER story: “Bull City’s” finest is the “knee-baby” of five siblings, born and raised in Durham, North Carolina to musically inclined parents, and attended the very prestigious North Carolina Central University. While there, she was in all Choirs & Ensembles, as well as Marching Band, (EL Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma)Recording artist Lenora Zenzalai Helm, and jazz icons Ira Wiggins and Arnold George were just a few of her most impacting mentors as an undergraduate student.

SWAN is the recipient of many noteworthy awards, including being a Port Townsend Centrum Jazz Festival participant, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, Sister’s In Jazz (IAJE), “Indy’s 2007 Jazz Vocalist to watch”, and the Featured Artist for music networks like Reverb Nation, Indie Music Universe, and SonicBids.

She went on to share the stage, study, and/or record with Jazz greats like Roy Hargrove, Dr. Billy Taylor, Fred Wesley, Dead Prez, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, Gerri Allen, Nathan Davis, Mos Def, Hubert Laws, Bill Lee, Hot 8 Brass Band, The Heavy, Winard Harper, Jeff Tain Watts, Dave Chapelle, Dee Daniels, John & Jeff Clayton, Curtis Fuller, Chip Jackson, Branford Marsalis, Nancy King, Joey Calderazzo, Carmen Lundy, Esparanza Spalding, Branford Marsalis, George Cables, and a host of other trendsetting musicians that helped her solidify her unique sound and style. Dianne McIntyre introduced her to collaboration with the dance world, allowing SWAN to lend her talents to her {Dianne’s} rendition of Helen Tamiris’ “How Long, Brethren?” for the 2007 American Dance Festival.

Education is important to SWAN, who recently completed her MA at Queens College, where she studied with Antonio Hart, David Berkman, Howard Brofsky, JD Walter, Michael Mossman, and Miles Griffith. Her undergraduate “angels” molded a magna cum laude graduate, earning a BA in Music Ed. , as well as a BM in Jazz Vocal Studies. SWAN also follows her passion for young people, and is currently teaching K-8th graders in Harlem how to tap into music and follow their passions.

You are warmly invited to continue the lifelong journey with a true swan of vocalists, Ms. Mavis SWAN Poole.