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The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater

Apr 27 - 28 , 2018 · STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$16 in advance, $20 at the door

Eileina Dennis sings SARAH VAUGHAN (Special Edition)

Presented by: Jazz Arts Initiative

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The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater

Apr 27 - 28 , 2018 · STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$16 in advance, $20 at the door

Eileina Dennis sings SARAH VAUGHAN (Special Edition)

Presented by: Jazz Arts Initiative

After much-acclaim and sold-out performances, Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative’s (JAI) monthly series—The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theater – kicks off season 11 on April 27 & 28 with Eileina Dennis singing a special Jazz Appreciation month tribute to the legendary divine songstress, SARAH VAUGHAN. The Stage Door Theater is part of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, at the corner of 5th and College in Uptown Charlotte.

New Jersey native Sarah Vaughan won a talent competition held at Harlem's Apollo Theater that launched her remarkable singing career. In the 1940’s she worked with bandleaders Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine before going on to be a successful solo performer. While working in Eckstine’s band, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Charlie Parker introduced the group to a new form of jazz known as bebop which was to inspire her singing. Although Vaughn was given the nickname “Sassy” as a commentary on her onstage style, after her departure to strike out on her own, she was dubbed “The Divine One.” The 1950’s saw Vaughan produce more pop music, singing "Whatever Lola Wants", "Misty" and "Broken-Hearted Melody," which sold more than a million records. Vaughan gave concerts in the United States and Europe, and her singing was also heard in films such as Disc Jockey and Basin Street Revue. Vaughn possessed an emotional, vibrato-rich delivery, three-octave vocal range and captivating scat technique. Over the years, she collaborated with notables such as producer Quincy Jones, pianist Oscar Peterson and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas under whose baton she won her first Grammy for Gershwin Live! in 1982. Sarah Vaughn died of lung cancer in 1990.

Vocalist Eileina Dennis was raised in Birmingham, England. A minister’s daughter, Dennis sang Gospel throughout her teens. After relocating to London where she had a notable career as an R&B and pop singer and performing alongside noted artists such as Randy Crawford, Paul Young, and the Italian rock star Zucchero Fornaciari, Dennis found a new love: jazz. Musicians from all musical genres have influenced her artistry including Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, opera singer Leontine Price, and of course, the incomparable Sarah Vaughn. Of Sarah she says, “…I am an admirer of Sarah Vaughan... there will always and only ever be ONE Sarah.... I'm not in the business of emulating or trying to be ‘Sassy’ ... All I can do is to perform well, and to try to reach the bar of excellence which has been set...”

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Parking and Directions

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
Bank of America Center Parking Garage
Enter on Trade or 5th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets. 

The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.

Getting and Using Your Parking Pass When You Arrive

  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*

When You Exit

  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.

CLICK HERE to Purchase your Parking Exit Pass in Advance

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Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience!

  • Assistive listening systems available
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair seating
  • Limited booster seats available at Belk Theater.

Wheelchair access
All of our theaters and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible, and restrooms are equipped with strobe-light as well as audio alarm systems. A wheelchair accessible "unisex" restroom on the Belk Theater's Grand Tier level accommodates persons who may need assistance from a spouse or companion of the opposite sex. Ask an usher for the location.

Entry and exit assistance
For performances in the Belk Theater, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the corner of Tryon and 5th Streets or valet parking on Tryon. If you wish to receive this service, please contact the Box Office at least 2 days prior to the performance to make these arrangements.


Audio Description
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions. For Belk Theater performances, patrons can pick up headsets at the coat check in the Grand Tier Lobby.

Large Print Programs
Large print programs are available for patrons at many performances. At Belk Theater, assistance is available at the coat check in the Grand Tier Lobby.

Service Animals
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.


Certain performances at the Performing Arts Center will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested. There will be one Sign Interpreted and Audio Described performance in each Broadway Lights engagement on a Sunday at 2pm.

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening equipment is available free of charge for all amplified performances. Please see an usher for assistance. In Belk Theater, headsets may be checked out from the coat check located in the Grand Tier.

Communication Devices
TTY/TOO is available on the Mezzanine Level of the Belk Theater near the entrance from Founders Hall.