Gospel Brunch - ft. The Mothership Trio w/ Wanda Houston

Jazz on the Mothership

Jazz on the Mothership is a trio comprised of local jazz legends Claire Arenius (drums), Eugene Uman (piano) and Wayne Roberts (bass).

Wanda Houston

Wanda Houston currently lives in the South Berkshires where she works as a private vocal coach and choral director. She also is the lead vocalist for a number of projects including the Mothership Trio, The VJC Big Band, and Wanda Houston Band. For years Houston sustained a bi-coastal career in theater and music that put her on stages with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Patti Austin, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion and Rick Astley. A private scholarship to study opera took her to the University of Southern California, but she soon found herself on tour with Motown legends like Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, and The Platters. Moving to New York City, Houston was a featured singer in the Roundabout Theater production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” that starred John C. Reilly and Natasha Richardson, and was part of the Broadway Inspirational Voices gospel choir that received a Grammy nomination for its Christmas album, “Great Joy.”

$30 - Includes Live Jazz & Breakfast Buffet

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Join us for a brunch buffet and live music on Sunday, March 24, as we celebrate the influence and inspiration of gospel choirs on traditional and contemporary, soulful jazz music.

Jazz on the Mothership is a trio comprised of local jazz legends Claire Arenius (drums), Eugene Uman (piano) and Wayne Roberts (bass). They played a weekly jazz series throughout the Valley and are reuniting for this special event.

Joining them is renowned vocalist Wanda Houston, whose origins in the Chicago gospel choir that her mother directed set the tone for her long and illustrious career. She has performed on Broadway stages, in films, recordings and television. She has worked in varying capacities with Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, John Tuturro, Eddie Izzard, Natalie Cole, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle and Sam Harris on the stages of Pasadena Playhouse, Universal Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall.

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