SATURDAY, 10/5/19



Doors open: 6pm   Concert: 7pm - 9pm

Judith Hill has been praised by Rolling Stone for her “stellar powerhouse vocals.” In addition to writing and performing her own material she has opened for Josh Groban, John Legend and Prince. Her incredible voice is one you won’t soon forget. 


Judith Hill has been praised by Rolling Stone for her “stellar powerhouse vocals.” In addition to penning and performing her own material, Judith – who wrote her first song at the age of four – has backed such artists as Stevie Wonder and the late Michael Jackson. Hers is one of the stories told in director Morgan Neville’s acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom, a film that shines the spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. The film has won the Film Critics Award for Best Documentary and an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film also won the 2015 Grammy for Best Music Film. Hill, who was also featured on the film’s soundtrack, was a contestant on season four of “The Voice.” Judith has already garnered much praise for her live performance as opener for Josh Groban, John Legend and Prince both in the US and the UK.

Judith Hill’s debut album, “Back In Time,” produced by herself & Prince is out now on NPG Records.

Here she sings  “You Are So Beautiful ": 




Opening this incredible evening is JazzAntiqua

...a uniquely American concert jazz style that bridges cultures within a piece about living that very bridge. Directed by Pat Taylor, JazzAntiqua is one of a few companies committed to concert jazz dance, exploring the structural layering of dance, music, and text within performance.


LOCATION:  Indian Wells Theater

37500 Cook Street, Palm Desert, CA 92211

Doors open at 6pm. Complimentary wine.
Concert starts at 7pm.


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Each year Sweet Baby J’ai puts together an outstanding pairing of some of finest musicians on the west coast. Sunnie Paxson leads this ensemble of divas destined to set the house on fire, and keep you smiling throughout the night!

Artistic Director

Sweet Baby J'ai

Sunnie Paxson


SUNNIE PAXSON is an innovative contemporary jazz pianist, composer, producer and performer best known for her driving performances and memorable melodies. She has recorded and toured with Stanley Clarke and shared the stage and or recorded with many jazz greats such as Doug Webb, Eric Darius, Alphonse Mouzon, Justo Almario, Munyungo Jackson, Maysa, Michael Paulo and Larry Carlton to name a few. “Give a listen to Sunnie Paxson. She is a tremendous pianist and a very talented composer. She has recorded and toured with me and she has an extensive knowledge of music.” ~ Stanley Clarke

Molly Redfield


Molly Redfield is an upcoming bassist in Las Vegas. She is earning her Doctorate in Music at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she is a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She has won 11 downbeat awards with various ensembles and has been a featured artist at the Monterey Jazz Festival four times. Additionally, she was the 2017 Outstanding Collegiate Rhythm Section Performer at the Reno International Jazz Festival and one of five Outstanding Soloists at the 2017 Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. Redfield has been honored to play with a multitude of artists including Gregg Bisonette, Gilbert Castellanos, Adam Schroeder, Clint Holmes, and Billy Drummond, to name a few. 

Suzanne Cruz


Canadian native, Suzanne Morrisette Cruz began studying music at age 7.  Beginning with flute and trumpet, Suzanne focused her energy on drums and percussion in her teens, and has never looked back! Her long list of performance credits include working with an eclectic galaxy of top musical talent - Eric Marienthal, Barbara Morrison, Alex Acuna, Justo Almario, Nancy Sinatra, the Drifters, the Quebec Symphony, and has performed events such as The Tokyo Women’s Jazz Festival, The Montreal Drum Fest, The Playboy Jazz Festival, and many others.  

Beth Marlis


Beth Marlis is Vice President and a senior guitar faculty member at Musicians Institute, Hollywood. As a music industry veteran and performer, her many accomplishments include performances at venues and festivals across the US, Japan and France.  She is also a respected clinician, interviewer, panelist, panel moderator, music non-profit Executive Director, board member and author of two best-selling guitar instructional books.

Carol Chaikin


Carol Chaikin is a Grammy nominated saxophonist and flutist with two CDs as a leader. She currently plays in the Johnny Mandel Orchestra and has performed at the Grammys with Alicia Keys, at the BET awards with Shiela E, The American Idol TV show, and was Music Director for Instrumental Women at the Anson Ford for several years.

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