Vernon's Black Diamond Lounge - Schedule

 

Did you know that Vernon's Black Diamond Lounge is one of the best venues to listen to live music in the state?  We have scheduled amazing live bands all weekend long!

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY, March 1st from 6-9pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.

Larry Freedman

FRIDAY, March 6th from 7-10pm

Native New Yawker, Larry Freedman, came to Albuquerque in 1975 when an accident in the space-time continuum caused him to switch places with his counterpart from a parallel universe. His counterpart is a big gangsta-country star in the other universe.

Larry has been playing music in Albuquerque since 1975. He’s played with Haywire, Charlie Summons Blues Band, Isleta Poor Boys, Blues Kings, Del Rios, Vibralux, Rattlecats, and building to a tumultuous musical climax while achieving musical nirvana with Joanie Griffin and Combo Special.

He’s  also played with Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, James Cotton, and Bo Diddley.

Calvin Appleberry

SATURDAY, March 7th from 7-10pm

Calvin Appleberry is a professional keyboard player/pianist based in Albuquerque, NM. Originally from Queens, NY, Calvin took an interest in music at the age of 12, and by 18 had taught himself to play the piano. Although he spent most of his career playing for the Church, he began to cultivate a true appreciation for jazz and soul…albeit from a distance. Finally, the call became too strong to ignore, and several years ago he began to immerse himself in jazz standards, Bebop, and popular music.

Eventually, other mainstream musicians began to take notice of Appleberry's talent, and he became a highly sought after accompanist for vocalists, jazz duos and trios or R&B bands. He currently has a thriving solo career, and can often be found playing with several local artists in popular hotels, supper clubs and casinos throughout the city. 

As much as he enjoys "gigging," Calvin has not forgotten his roots, and continues to play in his Church band. One thing is certain: whether he’s playing Gospel, Jazz, Soul or Pop, the immensely charming Appleberry plays with a passion, conviction (and dazzling smile) that makes the native New Yorker an ABQ favorite.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY, March 8th from 6-9pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.

 Sina Soul

FRIDAY, March 13th from 7-10pm

Sina Aurelia Soul is the product of an international marriage between a Native Pacific Islander & a North African Latino. While her mother was a traditional healer, served as a nurse in the US Army and her father was an Naval immunohematolist and chemist, Soul womanifests a synthesized shamanic sound that synthesizes harmonic healing with a soothing of the senses. Soul's proliferation as an international underground icon stems from work as a multi-lingual lyrical activist & multi-instrumental vocalist to Hip Hop Culture educator & lecturing socioethnomusicoloist. In layman’s terms, Soul sings in 8 different languages, is a trained classical pianist, a fierce percussionist and a true JazzMaster of the voice. Described by Raymond Fiore of Entertainment Weekly as “the southwest will not contain the cosmic jazz stylings of sexy, sultry, funky international vocal artist Sina Soul for much longer- she is destined for worldwide fame... her sound and interpretations falling between powerhouses Rochelle Ferrel and Ella with a hint of Tina Turner and a splash of Sade.” Soul’s repertoire encompasses selections by Sade Adu, Norah Jones, Dianna Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Dianna Reeves, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Randy Crawford, and Nancy Wilson in addition to works by international jazz artists in French, Spanish, Portugese and Italian.

Soul weaves a masterful web of original and cover tunes spotted with lyrical compositions from all 7 continents. Soul is a Zulu Queen, ordained by Afrika Bambaata, curandera & griot, named Wumei or 'beautiful warrior' by Mokotaidejekan. She has performed with Rock Steady, Cassandra Wilson, K.R.S.O.N.E., the Roots, Cody Chestnut, Celia Cruz, Ozomatli, DeadPrez, Bahamadia, Ziggy Marley, B.B.King & Zap Mama! as well as toured with Erykah Badu & George Clinton (P-Funk) on the Smoking Grooves Tour ('96). She attended BROWN University and is a SLAM Poet, author, mc, martial artist and healer in addition to being hailed as the premiere Jazz & Soul vocalist of the Southwest. Soul performs with iconic bassist Rodney Bowe and his RB Jazz trio. Her sounds will soothe and entice you; her scintillating, powerful voice will entrance you and have you coming back for more. Schedule at www.sinasoul.info, www.sinasoul.com, or text “Sina” to 83936 for updates. Vocal samples can be found at www.reverbnation.com or at www.myspace.com/SinaSoulmusic, video can be found at www.vimeo.com.

Lori Michaels

SATURDAY, March 14th from 7-10pm

Lori Michaels brings years of professional experience and has performed through out Europe and the southwest region of the United States.  Her background leans towards traditional style Jazz from the 40’s era bringing a fresh sound with warm phrasing.  She has a soft laid back style with scat accents and her inspiration derives from Streisand, Jane Monheit and Ella with a splash of Sinatra and Etta James.  

http://www.facebook.com/lorimichaelsjazz

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY, March 15th from 6-9pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.


Larry Freedman

FRIDAY, March 20th from 7-10pm

Native New Yawker, Larry Freedman, came to Albuquerque in 1975 when an accident in the space-time continuum caused him to switch places with his counterpart from a parallel universe. His counterpart is a big gangsta-country star in the other universe.

Larry has been playing music in Albuquerque since 1975. He’s played with Haywire, Charlie Summons Blues Band, Isleta Poor Boys, Blues Kings, Del Rios, Vibralux, Rattlecats, and building to a tumultuous musical climax while achieving musical nirvana with Joanie Griffin and Combo Special.

He’s  also played with Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, James Cotton, and Bo Diddley.

 

SATURDAY, March 21st from 7-10pm

Sina Aurelia Soul is the product of an international marriage between a Native Pacific Islander & a North African Latino. While her mother was a traditional healer, served as a nurse in the US Army and her father was an Naval immunohematolist and chemist, Soul womanifests a synthesized shamanic sound that synthesizes harmonic healing with a soothing of the senses. Soul's proliferation as an international underground icon stems from work as a multi-lingual lyrical activist & multi-instrumental vocalist to Hip Hop Culture educator & lecturing socioethnomusicoloist. In layman’s terms, Soul sings in 8 different languages, is a trained classical pianist, a fierce percussionist and a true JazzMaster of the voice. Described by Raymond Fiore of Entertainment Weekly as “the southwest will not contain the cosmic jazz stylings of sexy, sultry, funky international vocal artist Sina Soul for much longer- she is destined for worldwide fame... her sound and interpretations falling between powerhouses Rochelle Ferrel and Ella with a hint of Tina Turner and a splash of Sade.” Soul’s repertoire encompasses selections by Sade Adu, Norah Jones, Dianna Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Dianna Reeves, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Randy Crawford, and Nancy Wilson in addition to works by international jazz artists in French, Spanish, Portugese and Italian.

Soul weaves a masterful web of original and cover tunes spotted with lyrical compositions from all 7 continents. Soul is a Zulu Queen, ordained by Afrika Bambaata, curandera & griot, named Wumei or 'beautiful warrior' by Mokotaidejekan. She has performed with Rock Steady, Cassandra Wilson, K.R.S.O.N.E., the Roots, Cody Chestnut, Celia Cruz, Ozomatli, DeadPrez, Bahamadia, Ziggy Marley, B.B.King & Zap Mama! as well as toured with Erykah Badu & George Clinton (P-Funk) on the Smoking Grooves Tour ('96). She attended BROWN University and is a SLAM Poet, author, mc, martial artist and healer in addition to being hailed as the premiere Jazz & Soul vocalist of the Southwest. Soul performs with iconic bassist Rodney Bowe and his RB Jazz trio. Her sounds will soothe and entice you; her scintillating, powerful voice will entrance you and have you coming back for more. Schedule at www.sinasoul.info, www.sinasoul.com, or text “Sina” to 83936 for updates. Vocal samples can be found at www.reverbnation.com or at www.myspace.com/SinaSoulmusic, video can be found at www.vimeo.com.

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY, March 22nd from 6-9pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.

Calvin Appleberry is a professional keyboard player/pianist based in Albuquerque, NM. Originally from Queens, NY, Calvin took an interest in music at the age of 12, and by 18 had taught himself to play the piano. Although he spent most of his career playing for the Church, he began to cultivate a true appreciation for jazz and soul…albeit from a distance. Finally, the call became too strong to ignore, and several years ago he began to immerse himself in jazz standards, Bebop, and popular music.

Eventually, other mainstream musicians began to take notice of Appleberry's talent, and he became a highly sought after accompanist for vocalists, jazz duos and trios or R&B bands. He currently has a thriving solo career, and can often be found playing with several local artists in popular hotels, supper clubs and casinos throughout the city. 

As much as he enjoys "gigging," Calvin has not forgotten his roots, and continues to play in his Church band. One thing is certain: whether he’s playing Gospel, Jazz, Soul or Pop, the immensely charming Appleberry plays with a passion, conviction (and dazzling smile) that makes the native New Yorker an ABQ favorite.

 

Lori Michaels

SATURDAY, March 28th from 7-10pm

Lori Michaels brings years of professional experience and has performed through out Europe and the southwest region of the United States.  Her background leans towards traditional style Jazz from the 40’s era bringing a fresh sound with warm phrasing.  She has a soft laid back style with scat accents and her inspiration derives from Streisand, Jane Monheit and Ella with a splash of Sinatra and Etta James.  

http://www.facebook.com/lorimichaelsjazz
http://lorimichaelsmusic.webstarts.com

 

Solo Piano with Bob Tate

SUNDAY, March 29th from 6-9pm

Bob Tate is one of New Mexico’s finest solo pianists. Enjoy jazz piano in a true speak easy style.