“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – ANGELA MAYOU
On Friday, July 7th, the talented vocalist, radio show host, and actress Lezlie Harrison, along with her trio, performed at Brvsh Cul7ur3 (Brush Culture) – a new and intimate jazz dinner club located in the heart of Teaneck, New Jersey. Rodney Greene, a renowned jazz drummer, founded the club.
Lezlie hosts “Come Sunday” on WBGO Jazz Radio 88.3 FM and performs in NYC and neighboring areas.
I have a long-standing relationship with Lezlie that goes back to the days of the original Jazz Gallery at 290 Hudson Street in the West Village. Lezlie, along with Dale Kelly Fitzgerald and the late Roy Hargrove, co-founded the not-for-profit jazz cultural center. She was responsible for various roles such as being the meeter and greeter, office manager, director, publicist, event planner, MC, and performer. Additionally, she created the Jazz Gallery Membership Program.
Lezlie’s upbringing had a significant influence on her music. She grew up in the Black Church, where her maternal grandfather, Reverend R.L. Brown, founded and pastored St. Johns CME Church in Winston-Salem. It was here that she developed auals, gospels, and hymns. Later, during her college years at Amherst, she discovered the spiritual jazz music of John and Alice Coltrane, Lonnie Liston Smith, Yusef Lateef, and Pharaoh Sanders, among others. Today, Lezlie is an exceptional performer who brings a powerful and socially conscious message to her repertoire, whether it’s a jazz standard or an R&B classic. Her performances are captivating, and she has a unique ability to transform any space into a house of worship.
Lezlie’s performance was soulful and solidly backed by her band, consisting of guitarist Ron Johnson, drummer Russell Carter, and bassist Dishan Harper. During the show, she performed renditions of Dinah Washington’s “September in the Rain,” Chet Baker’s “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “All of Me,” Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” all of which received an enthusiastic and joyous response from the audience. Although the event was meant to celebrate Lezlie’s birthday, it was ultimately her gift of music that left a lasting impression.
Hope Lezlie returns to Brush Culture soon. In the meantime, check out “Fly Like An Eagle” from her upcoming album, “Let Them Talk”.
ABOUT BRUSH CULTURE
Brvsh Cul7ur3 is a newly opened jazz club located in Teaneck. Drummer Rodney Greene founded it to provide an intimate venue for music lovers to enjoy jazz performances while indulging in delicious dinners and drinks. The club is situated on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. In addition to featuring various artists, Greene is keen on encouraging and supporting the area’s multi-generational talent.
It’s worth noting that Teaneck has a rich musical history, having been home to several renowned artists such as Jon Faddis, Nat Adderley, Hilton Ruiz, the Isley Brothers, Sam Jones, Thad Jones, Pat Boone, Ron Ben-Hur, Donald Byrd, Roland Hanna, and Regina Belle, among others. If you’re interested in experiencing some great music, food, and drinks, visit Brush Culture’s website for more information.