JACKSON, Wyo. — The first Silver Dollar Showroom Session of 2021 will host jazz guitarist Doc Powell and his quartet on Thursday, March 11. Cutting his teeth as Wilson Pickett’s musical director in his early twenties to garnering a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best R&B Instrumental for his cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Powell has a stacked and storied career. He played alongside luminaries as varied as Prince, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and John Legend while earning twelve gold and platinum records across more than 200 projects.
Powell continues to produce new material, releasing singles “Feels Like Love” in December 2020 and “Steppin’ Out” in 2018. From his twelfth album, This is Soul (2016), the track “So Cool” rose to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart. The instrumental brings to mind Wes Montgomery’s melodic chordal mastery atop a modern-produced quartet sound. That same album featured a remake of Beyoncé’s giant hit “Love on Top,” which stayed on Billboard’s Top 20 Smooth Jazz Chart for eight weeks.
Powell continues to be one of the most sought-after musicians in several genres and his resume explains why. As a young New York guitarist in the 1980s, Powell was enlisted by fast-rising star Luther Vandross to join his band. During his stint with Vandross, he played on worldwide tours including an unprecedented ten sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium. After garnering such far-reaching exposure, Powell created compositions for multiple movie soundtracks including Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Turner and Hooch, The Goonies, and The Five Heartbeats.
“The opportunity to experience a seasoned and world-renowned guitar virtuoso of Doc Powell’s caliber in the listening-room setting that The Showroom provides will be truly elevating,” said Justin Smith, talent buyer for Silver Dollar Inc. “We feel so fortunate to be able to present this force in jazz music to Jackson Hole.”
Tickets—priced at $75-$125 per seat and available by-the-table only—are limited and include a socially distanced wine reception, dinner and the show. Tickets will be available Friday, February 5 at WortHotel.com. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m.
Twice a year, the Showroom Sessions in The Silver Dollar Showroom provide a unique offering for music lovers to enjoy intimate performances by noteworthy musicians. Previous Showroom Sessions have featured Steve Wariner, Mac McAnally, Larry Gatlin and Jenny Tolman.
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