Past Event

Vocalist Joan Belgrave, photo by Ernest Gregory

Joan Belgrave & Kirk Lightsey: Wearing All The Hats

Vocalist Joan Belgrave wears many “hats.” She sings jazz, blues, gospel and R&B. She manages a 9-piece band. She also operated as a road manager for her husband, Detroit icon, Marcus Belgrave.  Yet somehow, she also manages to always stay cool.

In this talk, Joan and her accompanist, 80-year-old piano legend Kirk Lightsey, share lessons from the bandstand and backstage learned over a lifetime in music. They’ll also read from the book they penned together with Lonnie Plaxico, Playing through the Years: Life & Times In this Business of Music.

Sponsored by the Jazz Foundation of America.

Meet the Artists:

Vocalist Joan Belgrave first started singing in church, went on to study classical voice, and is now known in jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B circles. A versatile singer and natural entertainer, Belgrave is a proven crowd-pleaser with original compositions and new takes on classics—including a recent Dinah Washington tribute.

Pianist Kirk Lightsey has worked with such greats as Dexter Gordon, Pharoah Sanders, and Kenny Burrell and has accompanied vocalists like Betty Carter and Gregory Porter.