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Hot Blues And Cool Jazz at The Motley Kitchen Season Opener, Thursday, September 20

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hot Blues And Cool Jazz at The Motley Kitchen Season Opener, Thursday, September 20

The Motley Kitchen will feature the return of one of Canada’s most acclaimed blues acts, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley, to open a new season in their popular Dinner & A Show series on Thursday, September 20.

It has been over three years since, as a duo, they last entertained the audience of music aficionados that regularly frequent the Motley Kitchen series with their mix of classic and original blues. This time their show will be different. Along with the blues, they will further spice up the evening with a healthy sprinkling of swing and jazz to celebrate their recently released album of jazz standards for which Diana won a Global Music Award, sponsored by Billboard Magazine. And, as a special bonus for this show, they will be accompanied by a special guest, Chris’ son Dan Whiteley, on guitar and mandolin.

As the venerable jazz and blues bible, Downbeat Magazine, said about Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley, “It’s a rare and good thing when two talented performers join forces”. Audiences, critics, and blues lovers all over North America and Europe seem to agree. Diana and Chris are the only couple to have both individually won the lifetime achievement award (“Blues With A Feeling Award” ) at Canada’s national blues awards , the Maple Blues Awards. They have recorded six albums together and have toured all over North America, UK and Europe, winning 9 Maple Blues Awards and 6 Juno nominations.

Diana Braithwaite is a descendant of the Wellington County pioneers in Canada. With roots in Florida, Diana’s ancestors escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and lived for four generations in Wellington County, the first African-Canadian pioneer settlement in Ontario. Diana combines elements from Nina Simone, Esther Phillips, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and others to create her unique, authentic jazz and blues style. One of many proud moments in her career was being chosen by Sarah McLachlan to open Lilith Fair before 18,000 people.

Multi-Instrumentalist, Chris Whiteley has performed on over 200 recordings with the likes of Leon Redbone, Blind John Davis, The Original Sloth Band (with brother, Ken) and a country duo with Caitlin Hanford. Chris Whiteley has won the Maple Blues Award for the top blues horn player in Canada an astounding seven times! With son Dan’s guitar support at The Motley Kitchen show, the audience can expect to be treated to Chris’ acclaimed trumpet or cornet even more than usual.

Dinner and entertainment combined is $60.00 including HST. Show-only seats are $25.00 each. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the buffet dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and the show approximately from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reserve now to assure good seats and dinner by calling 705-222-6685.

The Motley Kitchen is proud to present this series in collaboration with the Northern Lights Festival.

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September 20
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Motley Kitchen
70 Young Street
Sudbury, ON Canada
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