Jazz, R&B, gospel and funk collide with soul-stirring harmonies, rhythms and danceable grooves as the renowned NYC powerhouse lead by Jeremy 'Bean' Clemons & Mavis 'Swan' Poole makes their return to BLU!
Brooklyn, New York’s «Mavis SWAN Poole / Soul Understated» is among the most dynamically talented discoveries in music since the Motown era and is the result of combining the matchless and unique genius of melodic drummer, Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, with the sultry, sassy and incomparable sounds of songbird, Mavis ‘Swan’ Poole.
The brilliance of their sound lies in the combination of talented all-star musicians which make up the band. With musical sensibilities that include jazz, soul, funk, gospel, and hip hop, the influences on their sound are as varied and timeless as the music they create. The final product embodies the rich melodies of Earth, Wind & Fire; the enchanting tones of Ella Fitzgerald; the down-deep soul of Donny Hathaway; and the exhilarating swing of Count Basie, with a hint of hip hop all infused into one harmonious body. Anyone who seeks bona fide musicianship is sure to find something that pleases the musical appetite.
“Soul Understated is a skillful ensemble, adeptly and seemingly effortlessly weaving together soul, jazz, funk and gospel, like so many threads in a tapestry, and Ms. Poole does not miss a beat, adding scat and rap to the mix like the final spices in an excellent gumbo….” — DivaStation.com
n 2008, after many years of performing with various musicians, St. Louis native Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons and North Carolina’s finest, Mavis ‘Swan’ Poole, created Soul Understated. Since then, they have appeared at venues across the US, toured Russia, and collaborated with artists such as Nicholas Payton, Marc Cary, DJ Mikeflo, and Brian Jackson. Ms. Poole has sung with Prince, Lauren Hill, and appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
“The passion and drive of our music comes from a sincere longing to encourage and inspire people from all lifestyles, while maintaining the danceable element and groove.“ – Soul Understated
Join us at BLU for this very special night as we present this energetic, soul-driven lineup in a don’t-miss live performance in the Rubber City – get your tickets today!