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One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene, Joey Morant works as a soloist, in duet and trio settings, and as a part of larger bands and orchestras, including the Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Harlem Blues Jazz Band. In addition, he has performed with jazz, soul, and rock 'n' roll greats, including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and James Brown. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are extraordinary.

Morant is a native Charlestonian, a brass instrumentalist and vocalist. He is the quintessential trumpeter from the Jenkins Orphanage band tradition of the 1950s. At age 11, inspired by the piano, he became interested in classical music. When Fletcher Linton, a teacher at Charleston's Henry P. Archer Elementary School, put a school band together, Morant began studying the trumpet. A generous benefactor, recognizing his talent, arranged for him to spend the summers of his high school years studying theory at the Berklee School of Music. By age 15, Morant was teaching theory and saxophone to Oscar Rivers. Later, he joined the Metronome All-Stars under the direction of music educator Melvin Hodges Jr., a member of the 1996 Olympic Committee.

Known as "Mr. Entertainer," Morant has traveled the world - Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, and Mexico - performing in an array of venues, including the London Paladium with Frankie Lymon and a performance for Queen Elizabeth. He has performed and recorded with hundreds of musicians, including the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, Ray Charles, James Brown, Tina Turner, George Benson, Lionel Hampton's Orchestra, Paul McCartney, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, and Jabbo Smith. He has also performed regularly with a septet at Merv Griffin's Hotel Resorts International in Atlantic City.

In Charleston, Morant was a regular performer at the Chef and Clef and conducted a 17-piece orchestra at the Dock Street Theatre. He is a former director of Charleston's MOJA Arts Festival. He also credits himself with starting the first jazz society in Toronto and having guitarist George Benson tour with him for two years. He has written and recorded with Lee Morgan and worked with Art Blakey on the arrangement of Aretha Franklin's rendition of "Dixie Melody" for her first album, recorded with saxophonist King Curtis. His first recording, Better Late Than Never, was released in 1998.

Morant won Showtime at the Apollo and has performed on Black Entertainment Television's Jazz Discovery program. He received heartfelt recognition from around the world for his deeply-moving musical tribute at Ground Zero on December 11, 2001, and in 2003 he received the Harlem Jazz and Music Festival Instrumentalist of the Year award. For 35 years, he has also been a martial artist with Shoto-Kwon Do Productions, a company he owns in Jersey City, where he resides.

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CEG Presents
w/ "Hot Lips" JOEY MORANT
Joey Morant hails from South Carolina and electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are perfect, and his admiration for Louis is deep and genuine.
January 1, 2013
Showtime @ 12pm
Doors Open @ 11am
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show
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This show will take place in Lucille's Bar & Grill,
located inside B.B. King Blues Club

General Admission Seating
First come, first seated

Ticket price does NOT include food/drink. A special a la carte brunch menu will be available for purchase.

Prix-Fixe Brunch Menu
$25 Incl. Tax & Gratuity

Prix-Fixe Menu Includes:
Coffee or Tea
Buttermilk Biscuits w/Jam
Choice of 1 Appetizer & 1 Entree


-Fruit Plate-
Sliced cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon w/vanilla & honey infused yogurt topped w/pecan & walnut brittle

-Mixed Greens-
Mixed baby lettuces w/Blue Cheese crumbles, cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes, spicy pecans, Dijon vinaigrette

-Fried Green Tomatoes-
Cornmeal batter, roasted corn relish, spicy aioli, Cajun peanuts

-Louisiana Hot Wings-
Wings twice fried & smothered in Louisiana hot sauce w/celery, carrots & blue cheese dipping sauce

-Soup of the Day-


-New Orleans Scramble-
Scrambled eggs w/Gulf shrimp, Tasso ham, Andouille sausage, topped w/hot pepper jack cheese

-Banana Foster French Toast-
Griddled brioche soaked in a vanilla & brown sugar sauce topped w/caramelized bananas & bourbon whipped cream

-Biscuits & Gravy-
Buttermilk biscuits served with Andouille sausage gravy

-Pecan Crusted Pan Seared Trout-
Topped with champagne poached crabmeat, yellow corn & brown butter sauce

-Crab Cakes-
Broiled crab cakes with a spicy remoulade sauce & cole slaw

-Roasted 1/2 Chicken -
Served with andouille & cornbread stuffing, smothered in sausage gravy and vegetables

-BB King Burger-
Cooked to temperature & topped with your choice of cheese & garnishes

Group rate table reservations with food and drink packages are available. For info contact April Dawn VanWagner at
(212) 997-4511 x60 or by email at april@bbkingblues.com
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