Joan Belgrave

Joan Belgrave
Detroit Jazz Musicians Co-Op Inc
20707 Lee Court Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

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Joan Bow-Belgrave Music from the heart
Joan Belgrave Biography

Joan Bow-Belgrave singingVocalist, producer, songwriter, Joan, began her musical career like so many others, singing inthe choir of the Baptist church. Her musical education continued while studying classical voice. Her versatility as a musical stylist has allowed her to perform as a vocalist in various genres of music from Jazz, Blues, and Gospel to Soul. A powerful voice and her own jazzy/blues style, her 2005 release CD “Variations” embodies all of this and more. Her CD Grammy nominated jazz project, “Excitable”- (2009) brings together a young New Orleans virtuoso pianist with veteran players, mixing the old with the new, with music that “jumps off the paper”.  Her latest hit single "Hey Love" (2013), shows her sultry/romantic style, and composition skills.   The CD “You Don’t Know Me” (2006) - Marcus Belgrave’s tribute to New Orleans, Ray Charles and the Great Ladies of Song , as well as “Marcus Charlie & Joan.. Once Again” (2009) are hit collaborations with Jazz Masters Marcus Belgrave & New Orleans Saxophonist, Charlie Gabriel, with new arrangements that will keep you wanting more!! Joan both a strong soloist as well as an eager ensemble member.  She is a Lead vocalist with the Motown Legends Gospel Choir and a touring Lead Vocalist with Marcus Belgrave’s Louis Armstrong, & Ray Charles Tribute Jazz Ensembles. Her experience as a former Lead vocalist with New Orleans' Charlie Gabriel’s Traditional Jazz Ensemble adds that extra bit of Gumbo.

Dazzling Audiences with performances Detroit’s, Legendary Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, CliffBells, Sold out performance at Detroit’s Player’s Playhouse Theatre!~!!... Chicago’s Andy’s JazzClub, The Toronto Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Huntsville, Ontario Jazz Festival, Kerrytown Concert House, Lansing MI, with Wes Anderson, Randy Gelispie & Marcus Belgrave. Whether she is performing with a traditional big band, or a small ensemble of skilled musicians, listen closely and find yourself transported on a musical journey from the 30’s to the present, including sweet love songs, sorrowful blues, and swinging beats.


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"Vocalist Belgrave deserved the standing ovation in her tribute to Ray Charles with You Don’t Know Me, transporting patrons (of the theatre) to a smoky nightclub with her soulful voice."-
NATANGA SMITH-Barbados, WI- Nation paper

“Belgrave's voice is so soothing and sexy, she could give a pit bull goose bumps”
Charles Latimer- Detroit Metro Times 2009

"Mama this gal's got soul from head to toe"
- Leonard Turnevicius, The Hamilton, Ontario Spectator - Ray Charles tribute ensemble
with Marcus Belgrave & Curtis Fuller- 2005 Canadian tour

"Passion and lure.. a sense of intimate and everlasting charm"
- Pete Fallico, KUSP radio, Santa Cruz, CA - KCSM radio, San Mateo, CA

"Elegant… graceful bent notes and perfect pronunciation"
- Linda Yohn, WEMU radio, Ypsilanti, MI

"Joan is a real treat, and together with Marcus Belgrave, this is an act that is a must see and hear.. a great voice, well trained, her voice is deep, smooth and polished…a class act and a beautiful talent"
- Paul Youngman - - Toronto

"a class act…gospel, jazz, blues and neo soul… Joan is the evolution of the blues"
- Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs, KKUP San Jose, CA

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