June 7th 2014 Concert from 7:00pm to 9:30pm Purchase_Tickets
Guest Vocalists Dennis Rowland and Diana Lee.

Dennis Rowland is beloved by jazz devotees and theatergoers around the globe. 

The Detroit native and Phoenix, Arizona resident was the voice of the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra between 1977 and 1984, where he shared the stage with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Tony Bennett. He is also featured on the Basie Band’s Grammy award-winning record "On the Road". 

An electrifying live performer, Rowland's musical tours in recent years have taken him to Germany, Russia, England, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, the Czech Republic and Croatia. Stateside, he has performed at major jazz festivals, with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and at metropolitan Phoenix-area jazz clubs and performing arts venues. 

Rowland is also well-known to theatergoers in his home state, appearing in Arizona Theatre Company productions of "Blue" (with Leslie Uggams), "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Blues in the Night" and Phoenix Theatre productions of "Chicago" and "Once on This Island" among others. In 2007, he was inducted into the Herberger Theater Center Hall of Fame for his contributions to the performing arts. 

A Concord Records artist, Rowland's CDs include "Rhyme, Rhythm & Reason", "Get Here" and "Now Dig This" a celebration of '50s and early '60s Miles Davis music. Other recordings include the inaugural project "Blonde" for the Playboy Jazz label, Joe Sample’s "Sample This" and Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Band recording "We Do It Diff'rent". 

Rowland has been a Phoenix resident since 1987. He is married to Sydney Blaine, an Emmy award-winning writer/producer. 

In December 2012, Rowland suffered a near fatal stroke and cerebral hemorrhage, which severely impacted his ability to sing, to work and to express himself consistently. With ongoing therapy, he continues to improve. He is fully committed to returning to the stage, the classroom and the career he loves (performing and music education).

Dennis is doing well on his recovery and will be performing for us on June 7th, 2014 at the Highlands. Don't miss this wonderful concert.

To read more on Dennis or to hear his music click here.
Diana Lee, lead vocalist with the Wicked Koalition, is well known for her crystal clear tones and dynamic range, but Diana’s talents are not limited  to singing - she has experienced considerable success as a pianist and writer/composer. Diana began playing piano at six years old and learned to read music before she could read her kindergarden primers.

Diana has performed innumerable live shows, with her first major performance taking place when she was only nine years of age and her first compensated gig at 17 years old, in Snowflake, Arizona. Diana began touring the following year and traveled all over the American Southwest including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and California.

Subsequently, Diana toured nationally and internationally with such groups as Sister Sledge, Reba McEntire, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Freda Payne, Jeffery Osborne and Gloria Gaynor among others.

Diana first began recording in 1985 and has appeared on a number of critically accepted recordings including two CDs (“Gimmick Free” and “Peace of my Soul”) with Donnie Dean, lead guitarist and arranger/composer for the Wicked Koalition.

Diana has lent her vocal talents to countless commercial jingles such as Gila River Casino (Phoenix), Chevrolet and Ford, First Option Lending, New Home Concepts and many more.

Diana’s original compositions have been featured in many television productions including “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, “Brimstone”, “Entertainment Tonight” and more.

Diana’s multiple musical talents and amazing voice has made her an invaluable addition to the Wicked Koalition. Please watch this site for the advanced release of Diana’s upcoming jazz CD.

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