Miami jazz vocalist LeNard Rutledge’s robust vocals have made him one of the most sought-after talents in contemporary jazz. He will be bringing his vocal acumen to the Arts Garage for one show only at 8 p.m. on July 11.
Born and raised in Miami, his first influences were the soulful hymns he crooned in church choir, and the classical, jazz, and funk hits his parents played in the house. LeNard’s big break came in 1997, when famed jazz trumpeter Melton Mustafa, asked him to join his band. Since then, he’s entertained audiences with solo performances and shared the stage with many of the nation’s leading jazz greats, including Nnenna Freelon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kenny Drew Jr., Harry Allen, and Wycliffe Gordon. Often compared to legendary jazz vocalist Lou Rawls, Rutledge was voted “Best Jazz Artist of the Year” by Miami New Times in 2006.
- LeNard Rutledge will perform at Delray Beach’s Arts Garage on July 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25-$35; B.Y.O.W. (bring your own whatever). For more information, visit artsgarage.org.