Washington, DC (Vocus) February 12, 2009
Live Jazz artist and lovely songstress Jean Carne opens one of D.C.'s newest night clubs "The Scene". The Scene's owners Dean Smothers and Willie Blakeny, both D.C. natives, were inspired to invest in the revitalization of their hometown in an area that is seeing new hotels and restaurants. "We just want to invite locals to come in and experience an atmosphere of terrific sounds; laughter and entertainment; intellectual stimulation; and great food," owner Willie Blakenly says soulfully. These partners look to bring to this area a new high tech performance sound stage. Owner Dean Smothers says, "When the sun goes down, the lights come up, and the action begins at The Scene!"
"The Scene" is conveniently located at 2221 Adams Place, NE, near the intersection of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road, NE, Washington, D.C. You will be taken in by the warm and electrifying atmosphere of some of the hottest national and local recording artist in the area. New patrons will be mesmerized and entertained by an array of musical genres ranging from Jazz, Neo Soul, R&B, Oldies, Gospel, Comedy, and Poets. "With the soft lights and relaxing atmosphere, you'll experience that up close and intimate effect from every seat in the house" Co-Owner Willie Blakenly expresses soulfully. This Valentines' Day Saturday February the 14th these singers will entertain their fans inside what locals will come to know as the most acoustically pleasing sound stage in DC.
Singer Jean Carne's career has had various incarnations, as well as a slight name change similar to Dionne Warwick's (adding an "e" to the end of her last name as Warwick did for a short time). Born Sarah Jean Perkins in Columbus, GA, she was raised in Atlanta. She began singing gospel music in the church choir at age four; she also took piano lessons and learned the clarinet and bassoon. Carne won a music scholarship to Morris Brown College and began her recording career in 1969 with her husband, keyboardist Doug Carn, on the Black Jazz label, where she was one of the last vocalists to work with jazz legend Duke Ellington before his death. Carne popped up several times during the early-to-mid-'70s, singing with Earth, Wind & Fire on two albums, recording several times with Norman Connors, and reaching the charts via George Duke's hit single "Reach for It." In 1977, Carne was signed to Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records; her debut album, "Jean Carne", was a classy affair that merged the best of '70s soul and jazz with solid songwriting and tight instrumental support (MFSB, Instant Funk). The debut single "Free Love" went to number 23 R&B. Though the follow-up single didn't chart, several of the album's tracks received considerable radio airplay, and some tracks made the disco charts. In June 1978, her second album for the label was released; Happy to Be with You included the hit single "Don't Let It Go to Your Head." Carne's final Philadelphia International album, 1980's "When I Find You Love", was more of a return conceptually (musically and sonically) to Jean Carne. Produced by Dexter Wansel, the album rates as one of Carne's best efforts. The smooth and haunting "My Love Don't Come Easy" peaked at number 35 R&B. Released in August 1981, Carne's "Sweet and Wonderful" featured a remake of the Spinners' "Love Don't Love Nobody," which went to number 35 R&B. Carne moved to Motown Records in 1982, making her label debut with the album Trust Me. The single "If You Don't Know Me By Now," a cover of the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes hit with backing vocals by the Temptations, went to number 49 R&B. By 1986, Carne signed to Omni Records; "Closer than Close" was released in July of that year and the title track that went to number one R&B. Her 1988 album "You're a Part of Me" included a hit cover of Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way." Carne later signed with Place One Entertainment, which reunited her with former Omni Records president Steve Bernstein, with her Love Lessons album being distributed by PPI/Peter Pan. Carne continues to tour with Connors, among others, and makes her home in Atlanta.
Doors open at 7:00pm admission is $35 per person and dinner is included.
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