Mar­cus and Jean Bay­lor’s gospel-in­spired ar­range­ments fea­ture jazz vo­cals, R&B rhythms

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A Grammy-nom­i­nated hus­band- and- wife duo will be the sec­ond act to take the stage for the Le­vitt Amp Chat­tanooga Mu­sic Se­ries tonight, Aug. 30, in­side the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter.

Mar­cus and Jean Bay­lor — per­form­ing as The Bay­lor Project — have taken the Amer­i­can jazz scene by storm. Both chil­dren of pas­tors, the two cre­ate gospel- in­spired ar­range- ments that fea­ture her soul­ful jazz vo­cals and his R&B rhythms.

Both were in­volved in mu­sic be­fore they be­gan col­lab­o­rat­ing. Mar­cus was the for­mer drum­mer for Grammy-win­ning jazz fu­sion quar­tet The Yel­low­jack­ets. Jean was half of R&B duo Zhane, which was part of Queen Lat­ifa’s Fla­vor Unit Col­lec­tive.

The Bay­lor Project’s 2017 de­but al­bum, “The Jour­ney,” peaked at No. 8 on Bill­board’s Jazz Mu­sic Charts. It re­ceived two 2018 Grammy nom­i­na­tions: Best Jazz Vo­cal Al­bum and Best Tra­di­tional R&B Per­for­mance.

In their shows, The Bay­lor Project pays homage to wide-rang­ing mu­si­cal in­flu­ences, and in so do­ing, gen­er­ates an eclec­tic sound whose over­all ef­fect is spir­i­tual, buoy­ant, feel-good mu­sic.

Seat­ing for tonight’s con­cert is on a first-come, first- served ba­sis. Le­vitt Amp con­certs are usu­ally held on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter. Due to a fore­cast of in­clement weather, tonight’s show will take place in­side the per­for­mance hall.

Tail­gat­ing is not per­mit­ted; food and bev­er­ages will be sold in the ven­dors area.


The Bay­lor Project, hus­band-and-wife duo Mar­cus and Jean Bay­lor, per­form in tonight’s Le­vitt Amp Se­ries con­cert.

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