Jazzy Hip Hop: Brass and Boujee with special guest Lisa Henry
Brass and Boujee
It’s a somewhat unlikely grouping of musicians — Kemet The Phantom, a native Kansas City emcee, singer and producer; Marcus Lewis, a trombonist; and Kadesh Flow, a nerdcore rapper from Mobile, Alabama. Yet, their Brass & Boujee project is proving to be one of the city’s most groundbreaking musical collaborations.
Fusing hip-hop and rap with jazz and big band music, Brass & Boujee includes upward of 25 of the city’s most proficient musicians. Upon releasing its debut effort at the end of August, the band’s self-titled album reached the top of the iTunes jazz charts and No. 15 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart.
Classy. Earthy. Down Home. Fun. Lisa Henry is the essence of swingin’ cool, with A Voice That Does It All.
Raised on music, Lisa began her early singing career in the Baptist Church at the age of 6. By age 12, she had been exposed to the music of Billie Holiday and Miles Davis. Having heard the improvisational magic of Billie and Miles, Lisa turned to jazz, and has been a narrator of the art form ever since.
Her professional jazz career began in the nightclubs of Kansas City at age 17. She was mentored by the great Hammond B-3 player, Everette Devan, and cut her big band “teeth”, performing with the Vince Bilardo Big Band and Steve Miller Orchestra.
Lisa Henry is an artist of vast accomplishments, both in and outside the realm of performance. These accomplishments include the recently televised PBS Special: In Performance at the White House, First runner-up in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, International Jazz Ambassador to Africa, CD recordings, BET documentaries, and recognition as an international clinician and adjudicator.
As a jazz educator, Lisa takes the legacy and brilliance of jazz into classrooms and college campuses across the world. Through interactive assembly programs and vocal clinics, residencies, music business workshops, and performance adjudications, her teachings reach students from pre-school to university level.