Saturday, April 15, 2017
April 21, 2017 10:00PM-2:00AM Drum Like a Lady with Dianne "Brieze" Thompson at Dahlak Paradise
Host: LaTreice V Branson
Since composing her first song at age four, Dianne ‘Brieze’ Thompson - aka Badd Kitti - has ALWAYS loved and performed music. At age 9, Brieze received her first formal piano lesson from the great Duke Ellington. It was impossible not to be in awe of ‘The Duke’, and it was this experience that inspired Thompson to seriously pursue her music.
Brieze Thompson’s professional career touches many aspects of the industry. As a member of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Ensemble, she cut her musical teeth performing alongside such jazz legends as James Moody, John Faddis, and Philly’s own Grover Washington, Jr. Brieze was then signed to Harvest records as a member of the gospel-hip hop group “C.Y.D.” and toured with the ‘Harvest Crusade’ playing to stadium crowds across the country. Her own ensemble, ‘Heart & Soul’ was the Word Records Best New Artist, and appeared with gospel greats Richard Smallwood, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Walter Hawkins, and many others. A versatile musician, Brieze has freelanced with too many local bands and musicians to name, performing in popular venues throughout the Tri-State area. She is also a music instructor, and is active in the music community as a volunteer in after-school and summer music programs.
Currently, Brieze Thompson is the founder, vocalist, and keyboardist for “Badd Kitti”. Deeply inspired by Philly's Jazz, and Neo-Soul scenes, Badd Kitti’s music is derived from the elements of Funk at the root of the Philadelphia Sound. As Badd Kitti, Brieze plays a rhythmic keyboard style, in the tradition of Ol’ Skool 70’s Funk. Doubling on Synth and Keytar, Badd Kitti’s music evokes a classic, psychedelic sound, yet naturally crosses into many musical genres from Neo-Soul, Jazz, and Hip Hop, to House, Afro-Cuban Soul and Reggae. As such, Badd Kitti seeks to uphold not just the musical, but the social-political aspects of Funk. Her performance is both a homage to the rich textures of the modern ‘Black Experience’ - as well as a damn Funky Good Time!
9:45P - Instrument Load-in (Volunteers needed) Thank you!
10:15P- The Jam Begins!
Invite your family and friends!
Friday, April 21 | 10p-2am | $FREE.99
ALL are welcome to plug into the jam.
No Cover. No Sign-up. No Pressure.
4708 Baltimore Ave
Posted by Lynn Lasswell at 7:00 AM