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Carol Leslie returns to BOP STOP May 7th at 7pm for a concert and livestream! Tickets to attend in person are $20 each. The performance will be livestreamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page at showtime. Accessing the stream is free but donations are encouraged and can be made at www.givebutter.com/CarolLeslie
Carol's eclectic style, love of the American Songbook, R & B, contemporary, and deep “blue eyed soul” voice, have become her signature here in NE Ohio. From Scotland, she brings with her that passion of the Scots and their love of music, exquisitely suited to a cabaret or “listening room” environment. With songs synonymous with Ella, Sarah, Cleo, Barbra, Judy, Amy Winehouse and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, she’ll also pay homage to Broadway.
To maintain that wonderful vibe and energy, Carol likes to add a surprise instead of an intermission. In her May performance, she is featuring a beloved guitarist in Cleveland, Hichem Ferrah! From Algeria, Hichem brings much musicality to any show. He often plays with Eric Everett’s band, Elation, with Erin Nicole Neal & The Chill Factors, and Latin Jazz Players with Sammy DeLeon. If we’re lucky, in this performance, he’ll play a little something from his latest album, “Ouarda.” This is a cameo not to be missed!
Jeff Slater on bass, is fast becoming that “go-to” bassist in Cleveland, often seen adding his jazz expertise to shows with the Cliff Habian Band, Eric Everett Productions, including Elation, EEJ Firelands Trio, or playing duo with a guitarist like Tom Jares, or his mentor and friend, pianist David Thompson, (both aficionados of the work of Bill Evans). A member of Cleveland Music Group, he is kept busy with private engagements and parties, as well as teaching bass and music theory.
Ed Ridley is a pianist much sought after in Cleveland, not just within jazz circles, but in the musical theater world. A composer, he wrote the original musical score for the docudrama, “Selma, Alabama,” which was selected by the Cleveland Short Sweet Film Festival, and now is playing for the Weathervane Playhouse Theater in their production of The Color Purple. He is currently Adjunct Faculty at Cleveland’s Community College.
Sunceray “Sunny” Tabler, a graduate of Jazz Percussion, Africana Studies and Economics at Oberlin College, played with Carol almost a decade ago at her first Bop Stop appearance. Carol vowed to repeat that, given she loved the “melody” Sunny could play on the drums and percussion instruments! Carol gets her wish again as she joins Sunny in bringing rhythm and foundation to the set. Sunny is a leading drummer in Cleveland, not just because of her amazing drumming capability, but her versatility and keen sensitivity to the work of her fellow musicians on stage.Back to Calendar