Jean Carne, who is part of The Prime Smokehouse All-star Jazz Series, represents the best of what happens when you meld a beautiful voice with soulful, funky-jazz instrumentation and wonderful songwriting. This international vocal superstar is currently touring the United States, Europe and Asia to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Gamble & Huff’s iconic Philadelphia International Records, of which she was a staple for many years.
During the ‘70s and ‘80s, she was among a cadre of big-name stars – including Norman Connors, Phyllis Hyman, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Jerry Butler and the TSOP (The Sounds of Philadelphia) Orchestra – who churned out hits for Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s legendary Philadelphia International label.
Among Jean Carne’s biggest hits were “Don’t Let it Go to Your Head,” “When I Find You Love,” “Free Love” and “My Love Don’t Come Easy.” A former singer with Earth, Wind & Fire, Jean Carne has also shared the stage with such notables as The Temptations, Ronnie Laws, Jeffrey Osborne, Tom Browne and Curtis Mayfield. Her disco single “Was That All It Was” is featured in the movie “Precious,” which was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. both nights. Seating for the first show begins at 8 p.m. and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For tickets or more information, call 919-521-8453 or visit http://www.primesmokehouse.com.