Blues In The Night

Conceived and Originally Directed by Sheldon Epps

Blues In the NightOriginal Vocal Arrangements and Musical Direction by Chapman Roberts
Orchestrations and Additional Vocal Arrangements by Sy Johnson
Directed by Yvette Freeman Hartley
Now Extended Through February 12, 2023

According to the legendary Billie Holiday, “Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread.” With 26 glorious, hot, torchy songs fueling this revue, a powerful cast of singers plumb the innermost reaches of their hearts, sharing the heartbreak and humor of life and the indomitable will to do more than survive. You’ll hear such favorites as “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” and “Wasted Life Blues.” Whether you’re a novice or die-hard jazz fan, prepare yourself for a thrilling evening you won’t soon forget.


What the Critics Say

  • Unexpected humor, joy, tap and swing dancing and charismatic performances from the four-member cast, who are accompanied by an onstage five-piece blues band.

    -Pam Kragen, San Diego Union~Tribune

  • Blues in the Night, under the direction of Yvette Freeman Hartley, opened to a standing ovation at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

    -Cassiopeia Guthrie, San Diego Story

  • The Bluesfest at North Coast Rep won’t leave you blue, but you might want to sing along with these famous songs. Featuring four fine singers and a boffo band of five led by conductor/pianist and twice Grammy-nominated Kevin Toney.

    -Jean Lowerison, San Diego Stage and Screen

  • Blues in the Night delivers ambience for the soul that touches the heart.

    -LA Splash Magazine

  • This is a delightful musical evening, delivered by sterling performers.

    -Brad Auerbach, Entertainment Today

  • What the full house audience saw on Friday and what you will see if you attend is a powerful, energetic, at times sad, at times funny and most assuredly talented performance by veteran performers.

    -T.R. Robertson, The Vista Press


Director Yvette Freeman Hartley interviewed by Dave Drexler of Inside Art on KSDS-FM, Jazz 88.3 San Diego