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Captivating, Funky Jazz Vocalist
Voted "Best Jazz Artist of the Year"
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8:00PM
94 NE 2nd Avenue
Voted the "Best Jazz Artist of the Year" by the Miami New Times (2006), Rutledge’s robust vocals have made him one of the most sought-after talents in contemporary jazz. His music has been described as “captivating, soul-stirring, earthy, and funky”, and he has often been compared to the great Lou Rawls. Rutledge has shared the stage with highly respectable jazz artists including Nnenna Freelon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Drew Jr., Harry Allen and Wycliffe Gordon.
Born and raised in Miami, his first influences were the soulful hymns he sang in church choir, and the classical, jazz, and funk hits his parents played in the house. LeNard’s big break came in 1997, when famed jazz trumpeter Melton Mustafa asked him to join his Orchestra as the featured vocalist. He was named “Best Jazz Artist” less than 10 years later, shortly after releasing his first CD.
Joining Rutledge on stage are: Mike Harvey (drums); Brian Murphy (piano); and Bob Bruya (double bass).
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