Tumbao Bravo & “Bride Plus One” Film Feature
Christina Morales Hemenway's newest film project "Bride Plus One" will debut on our stage after a live performance by Latin Jazz group, Tumbao Bravo.
Tumbao Bravo Quartet (7 - 8:45 p.m.) -
Winner of three Detroit Music Awards, this Latin Jazz combo was formed in 2004. Since that time, they have released five recordings on the PKO Records label that have been featured on all the top NPR programs nationwide, performing the authentic rhythms of Cuba with original jazz harmonic compositions. Bandleader/composer, Paul VornHagen, is featured on flute, saxophones and piccolo accompanied by trumpet, congas, timbales, keyboard and bass. They have performed at all the major jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout Michigan as well as visits to Chicago, Ontario (Canada), Toledo, Cleveland and California. Five compositions written by Paul Vornhagen, appear in a new feature length romantic comedy, "Bride Plus 1", starring and directed by Christina Hemenway Morales. Musically their influences include Paquito D'Rivera, Orlando Valle, Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria.
Bride Plus One (8:45 - 10:15 p.m.) -
With imagination and tenacity Christina Morales Hemenway set out in her early years to be true to her inner artistic voice. As a child she would bribe the neighborhood kids to be in her productions, whether they were dance performances, plays or even a circus. In high school she earned a full scholarship to study with Marcel Marceau. She continued her artistic development at California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Theater. Since then she has written and directed several shorts, a music video, and 4 feature films; Autumn Leaves, Dreammaker, Naked Angel and Bride+1. Her feature film, Dreammaker won either the Audience Choice Award or Best Feature film in every festival in which it has played and has screened in Los Angeles, Chicago, Louisville, Ann Arbor and Rome, Italy. Her most recent feature film, Naked Angel, was an official selection of the Detroit Winsor Film Festival and so far has enjoyed successful screenings at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor and the Sreen Actor's Guild Foundation in Los Angeles. Christina is presently coaching actors and sales professionals and is preparing to release her next feature film Bride+1.
Suggested Entertainment FeeWith the goal of providing amazing hospitality with minimal rules, the Blue LLama Jazz Club doesn't have a mandatory cover charge when featuring local and regional artists. However, our mission is to bring the best talent to our community and you will see a "suggested entertainment fee" line on the check. While it's not required, you're welcome to add the suggested amount per person to help us continue our mission of presenting amazing music five days a week on the Blue LLama stage.