Janice Mitchell with Jim Beishline Trio

Saturday, August 26th  8:30pm - 10:30pm
DiCamillo Courtyard

 Janice Mitchell:

Janice Mitchell spent most of her adult life in Los Angeles, where she partnered with singer, songwriter, producer, Eugene McDaniels [writer of the hit, Feel Like Making Love].  Gene was instrumental in promoting her career as a studio vocalist.  After recording a solo spot on organist Jimmy Smith's album, "Sit On It", produced by Gene, she was offered a recording contract with Jimmy Smith's label, but due to management Janice was unable to accept the deal.  However it somehow landed on the ear of Stevie Wonder who became a friend, hired her for a live engagement with him, and also sponsored vocal coaching for Janice with his own coach, the renowned Seth Riggs.

Although usually recognized for touring internationally with Ray Charles, as a backup vocalist  ("Raelette"), Janice has also recorded with such musical giants as Nancy Wilson, Les McCann, Melba Moore, Bobby Womack and toured with Fabian, Yvonne Elliman, Eric Mercury . . The list goes on.

Her talents as singer-dancer in production shows have taken her to the showrooms of Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas' casinos, and on cruise ships. Movie fans may recognize Janice from her appearance and vocals in the Sidney Poitier film "Uptown Saturday Night" and Taylor Hackford's "The Idolmaker".

Janice was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame 2000.

Jim Beishline Trio

Pianist,Jim Beishline is recognized and respected among his peers for his superb style exhibited in his fine trio arrangements for piano,  bass, and drums. Jim's piano styles span the full

 spectrum from blues to jazz and his versatile talent is featured on many local recordings.  As musical partner to Janice, he is the arrangner of Janice’s jazz and blues standards.

He started out in the late seventies, playing with a number of local bands, including the beginnings of Spyro Gyra before their hit-making days. In the eighties he accepted a road job with Danny and The Juniors and shortly after he returned home to work as a staff piano player for BMK Studios, which produced radio jingles in the Buffalo area. Being stationary allowed Jim the opportunity to teach piano technique, harmony, and theory privately and to perform workshops at The State University of New York at Buffalo and local high schools.  Jim was contracted by QRS Records to record solo piano in varied styles for use with player pianos.  Jim has performed with numerous local and nationally acclaimed artists, including: Muddy Waters, Mike Civisca, Tony Galla, Chuck Berry, Jeff Hackworth, Billy McEwin.  In 2011 Jim had the opportunity to play piano with Aretha Franklin and her band when they performed in Western NY.

In 2009 Jim and Janice were sponsored by the London Council of the Arts to perform in the UK at their annual jazz fest in coastal Wales.

The Jim Beishline Trio is rounded out by the fine musicianship of Jack Kulp and Abdul Qadir.

Bassist Jack Kulp, a Berklee trained musician,  has over 40 years experience playing with nearly every artist in the WNY area., Jack has played with such bands as Gamalon, Junction West, The Zone, and the Jim Tudini big band.

Drummer, Abdul

-Rahman Qadir’s credits include his work with Dakota Staton, David “Fathead” Newman, Lonnie Smith, Hank Crawford in addition to numerous local groups over the course of his career, which spans several decades