BOP STOP at The Music Settlement is Cleveland's premier listening room: an intimate, acoustically pristine performance venue with sweeping views of Lake Erie.
Jazz-up your Holidays with Internationally renowned Jazz Vocalist & Recording Artist Debbie Gifford as she returns to the Bop Stop stage with her All Star Ensemble featuring Ed Ridley – piano, Jeff Slater- bass and Eric Everett- drums as they perform, Jazz Standards, Originals & Holiday Favorites!
An evening guaranteed to get YOU into the Holiday Spirit! Tickets to attend in person are $20 each. This event will also be livestreamed on BOP STOP's Facebook page at showtime. Accessing the stream is free but donations are encouraged and directly support the band. To donate, select "Donation: Livestream Attendee" as your Ticket Option above and follow the steps below:
“Gifford’s voice is both smooth and engulfing, wrapping itself around every note and mesmerizing the listener with subtle charm. Her sensual style of phrasing and timing are the very essence of her creativity. Debbie is spellbinding - she holds the audience in the palm of her hand” -LA Jazz Scene Magazine
Debbie Gifford, vocalist, composer & lyricist, has been nominated “Jazz Musician of the Year, “Jazz Band of the Year”, and “Vocalist of the Year” in the Annual Free Times Music Awards. Her first solo performance was at age 4 and she continued her love of music in performance and education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at Cleveland State University. Launching her international notoriety in 2004, Gifford has continued to perform annually at festival, club and concert venues in Europe, Canada, Asia and the USA. A partial listing of Debbie’s worldwide performance venues include: France; "Annual Festival International de Musique en Catalogne – Ceret”, Italy; Rome: Foundazione Adkins Chiti “Donne in Musica: ControCanto -Donne in Jazz” Concert Series, Palermo: Villa Filippina in Jazz, Porticello: Festival of Jazz, Ustica: The Alianto Club Jazz Festival, Cefalu: Summer Jazz Fest & Taormina: Metropole Jazz Nights. Asia; JZ Jazz Concert Series Shanghai Cultural Arts Center, JZ Jazz Clubs - Shanghai & Hangzhou. She has shared the stage with jazz greats: Marcus Belgrave, Bobby Watson, Joe Lovano, Sherrie Maricle and Dominick Farinacci. She is the only woman singer to perform with the Birdland Big Band, under the director of Tommy Igoe, at the famous Birdland Jazz Club, New York. Debbie’s discography includes: “You Taught My Heart to Sing”, “So Many Songs About Love”, Double Live CD set “Open Airs” recorded live at the Palace of the King of Majorca, France , "One Day At A Time" - all original music written by songwriting team Debbie Gifford & John Trzcinski. Gifford’s latest CD Release is “Changes” is a compilation of Pop favorites & Jazz standards with a new twist. www.debbiegifford.com
Ed Ridley (piano) "A musical linguist". Effortlessly flowing in Jazz, Gospel, Classical, Latin, and R&B styles, the term musical linguist is no exaggeration when referring to the exceptional keyboardist Ed Ridley. Well respected and seasoned, Ed's musical abilities have impacted Northeast Ohio, the US, and abroad for over 30 years. Theaters, jazz clubs, church sanctuaries, concert halls, radio and television stations have all been ignited by the Ridley Touch. Versatility has enabled Ed the opportunity to accompany notable artist such as Clark Terry, Jon Hendricks, Aretha Franklin, Walter Hawkins, and Lauryn Hill. As an educator, Ed has been a member of Cuyahoga Community College's music faculty since 2002. Performer, composer, arranger, producer, conductor, and educator are all roles that Ed has maintained consistently throughout his musical career.
Jeff Slater (bass) earned his Bachelor of Music in music theory and French horn at Baldwin Wallace and did master’s work in classical and jazz music theory at the University of Wisconsin. Jeff plays both electric and upright bass and is well versed in all styles of jazz, R&B, rock, and world music. Jeff performs in the Firelands Trio, Cliff Habian Trio and with vocalist Carol Leslie.
Eric Everett (drums) has four decades of drumming experience; studying privately at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and performing in Case Western Reserve University’s small group Jazz and Big Band ensembles. Since 2012, Eric Everett Jazz Productions is a recognized brand for delivering high quality musical entertainment and has performed at numerous popular venues in Cleveland and Akron. Eric leads the “Firelands Trio” and “Elation” R&B band, and performs as a sideman with the Cliff Habian Trio and George Foley Quartet. Eric has performed at Nighttown, Bop Stop, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and more.Back to Calendar