Exclusive Valentine's Weekend Dinner & A Show
Ft. Ramona Collins & Cliff Monear
Celebrate Valentine's Weekend by dining at the Blue LLama Jazz Club with a luxurious seven course dining experience and live music! Jazz vocalist Ramona Collins and pianist Cliff Monear will present romantic jazz standards and soulful ballads.
Dinner and two hours worth of live local music are included with each ticket. Very limited seating available. Sommelier wine selections and our Sommelier's Reserve selections are available as an add on through check out. Tax and gratuity not included. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
7 Course Dinner, Included
House Blini, Ossetra Caviar, Creme Fraiche
Roasted Blue Point Oysters, Buerre Blanc, Dehydrated Caviar
Chef's selection Charcuterie and Cheese
Roasted Chestnut Soup, Candied Bacon
Truffle Taglierini Caccio e Pepe, Parmesan Romano, Winter Truffle
Grilled Maine Lobster, Charred Brocolini, Lemon
Prime Filet Mignon, Rogue River Bleu Cheese, Potato Confit
French Macaron, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Cream
Live Vocals by Ramona Collins
Singer/songwriter/educator/actress & radio host Ramona Collins was born in Toledo OH but grew up in Lansing MI where her mother was a jazz pianist and singer. Ramona is a premier entertainer whose fun, sassy, sultry & swingin’ shows have made her an audience favorite at clubs, concerts and festivals wherever she goes. She covers all the flavors from honey to hot sauce whether she is half of a duo or fronting an orchestra. Ramona is a past president of the Toledo Jazz Society, considered a jazz activist by many who know her, and she was the driving force for renaming Toledo’s former jazz festival in honor of the late, great Art Tatum.
She has worked with a who’s who of jazz musicians in the Midwest and beyond, and been honored for her contributions to the arts in her hometown of Toledo. In 2011 she was also nominated in the female jazz vocalist category for the Detroit Black Music Awards, is currently a Motown Ambassador and was recently voted “Best of Toledo in Jazz/Blues”, among other honors. She has performed in the Vocal Summit at the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, the MSU Martin Luther King celebration “Prayers, Spirituals & Protests.”
Ramona was a fixture at the 40 year-old Rusty’s Jazz Café in Toledo before it was sold, and she was in the regular rotation at Toledo’s Murphy’s Place and a a crowd favorite at the old Bird of Paradise Jazz Club in Ann Arbor. She has performed many times at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge and other great jazz venues in Detroit including The Dirty Dog Jazz Café, Bert’s Jazz Club, and Moriarty’s Pub in Lansing and the Kerrytown Concert House. She currently leads her own groups is often the featured vocalist with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra.
Piano by Cliff Monear
Cliff Monear is a professional jazz pianist and has performed all over the world with some of the biggest stars in show-business. His YouTube channel, “CMonear1”, features solo and group performances that spotlight many of the finest jazz artists in the Midwest. He is a faculty member at Wayne State University, and a sales consultant for Steinway & Sons, Michigan and Ohio region.
“Monear’s breathy ideas leave lots of space, girding the music with exquisite tension. What gives the music personality is Monear’s suave touch, relaxed swing, fresh melodic and harmonic turns and the unpretentious way he draws on familiar influences.” - Mark Stryker, Free Press Music Critic