Words Words Words! Created and Performed by Jennifer Jade Ledesna and Darren Chase
About This Show
Cabaret performers Jennifer Ledesna and Darren Chase portray a pair of universal lovers in Words Words Words! which tells the story of their affair through a multi-lingual, genderbending, and cross-genre lineup of songs. As the evening unfolds, they gradually shed the lyrics and find that the music tells another story. Their theatrical journey ends in a melodic and transcendent twist into an evening of cabaret where their voices sing the answers to the questions-without-words.
About the Artists
Sweet songstress JENNIFER JADE LEDESNA, a multilingual NYC native, is an alumnus of the New School Jazz Conservatory & of the “Famed” LaGuardia Arts. A true vaudevillian at heart, Equity actress, & vocal jet setter, Ms. Jade often performs at “Aux Trois Mailletz” in Paris. She has sung at Carnegie Hall in Bobby McFerrin’s “Instant Opera! Young Artists Concert,” in the World Premiere Tour of “Chapel/Chapter” with the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company, Norway’s International “Silda Jazz Festival”, & she’ll be bringing in 2015 singing for the King of Morocco in Casablanca! Some of her favorite roles include: The Wiz (Dorothy), Company (Marta), Carousel(Julie Jordan), Ntozake Shange’s Lulu En La Habana (Lulu), West Side Story (Maria), & I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez (Ama Caruka). Jenn Jade has had the honor of being invited twice, consecutively, to the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to debut her original compositions in the “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residencies of 2008 & 2009!” In Switzerland, she was a Finalist in the “Montreux Jazz Festival International Voice Competition 2007!” At the Kurt Elling Master Class, IAJE 2008 in Toronto, she received an award for “Outstanding Musicianship.” On television, Ms. Ledesna was recently featured on: Fox 5 “Good Day Street Talk”; Santiago de Chile’s “Cultura Y Tiempo Libre”; France 2 “Envoye Special” Broadway; & Bronx News 12. She also appeared as a Semi-Finalist on CBS 2’s “Nueva Estrella Awards”. JJ has graced the cover of The New York Times in the articles: ” In The South Bronx, The Arts Beckon” , “True Economic Barometer? How About Bowling”, & Boite: “Soulful Music At Its Heart”. She’s sung with: ELEW, Robert Glasper, Bobby McFerrin, Candido Camero, Bobby Sanabria, Junior Mance, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Valentin, Wynton Marsalis, & Bill T. Jones, among others.
Darren Chase’s operatic heart is equally at home on the stages of concert houses, jazz clubs, cabarets and theaters. His musical and theatrical journey has included appearances with symphony orchestras (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists), opera houses (Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera), cabaret and jazz venues (Exilkabarett, Anyway Cafe) and theaters (Theater Artaud, Old Globe). He has released two albums of classical songs, The Young Debussy and Robert Schumann Liederkreis and is the winner of the 2013 American Prize in Art Song. Darren’s “how to” ebook on classical vocal technique is titled Singing from the Inside.
Thursday, December 18, 10:00pm
$12 in advance
$15 at the door
Jennifer Jade Ledesna and Darren Chase
Kathy Chapman and Georgia Nerheim