Happy Birthday, Ms. Abbey! 92 Years of Abbey Lincoln with Melvis Santa

Happy Birthday, Ms. Abbey! 92 Years of Abbey Lincoln with Melvis Santa


Saturday, August 6, 2022 – 8pm

Happy Birthday, Ms. Abbey! Join BKCM Jazz Leader Fellow Melvis Santa for an evening of music in the BKCM Concert Hall. The night will serve as a tribute to American jazz vocalist, songwriter and actress Abbey Lincoln and a kick-off concert for Santa’s fellowship cycle with BKCM.

About her inspiration for the concert, Santa shared, “My fascination with Ms. Abbey Lincoln started in my high school years in Havana, Cuba. Her particular timbre and the bold style she embodied reminded me of the powerful oral storytelling tradition I grew up with, and that has stayed with me since. Becoming myself a songwriter and an actress as well, I would often come back to listen to Abbey’s music in different times of my life.  She definitely is one of my great inspirations. As a Jazz Fellow Leader I want to dedicate this concert to Ms. Abbey who would be celebrating her 92nd birthday on this day.”

Santa will present a selection of original compositions, lyrics and arrangements she is currently working on. A versatile performer, Santa will sing, play piano and percussion, including the bata drums. Santa will be joined by special guests, Vinicius Gomes on guitar and Josh Evans on trumpet.

Tickets can be purchased before the concert at the concert’s Eventbrite for $12 or for $10 at the door using Venmo/Paypal.



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Melvis Santa is a multi-disciplinary singer, creative pianist, composer, actress, educator, and cultural ambassador who has spent the last two decades performing and teaching worldwide with an emphasis on folk arts education. Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Melvis came to performance early through her family lineage and various cultural traditions. As a bandleader, she has performed with her bands Ashedi, Ellas-Son, Melvis Santa Quartet, and La Rumba de Santa at  Birdland, Minton’s, the Jazz Gallery, Bronx Museum, Lincoln Center, The Jazz  Museum in Harlem, and Aaron Davis Hall. Melvis is a member of Kenny  Garrett’s Sextet playing keyboards, percussion, and singing at Detroit,  Pittsburgh, and Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festivals, Blue Note New York, and many other venues across the US.