An Evening Affair

June 18, 2022
6 pm
Clebourne House

Melanin Parks presents Remembering the Ancestors

A night of jazz music, art and celebration. Come enjoy a night of great jazz music, exquisite art and delicious food provided by Fine & Events the catering arm of Fish Market Bar and Grille.


Julian Vaughn

Born and raised in Kansas City, KS, Julian Vaughn was primarily a drummer when he picked up the bass guitar. Vaughn developed his playing style while growing up in the church where his grandfather pastored until turning over the reins to Vaughn’s father. A few years later, he became good enough to start playing at concerts and live gospel recordings.

Vaughn launched his solo career in 2010 with his album The Purpose Project, which springboarded him into his jazz career. In 2012 he put out the album Breakthrough (2012), featuring the single “On Your Feet,” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard chart. He later would release albums Limitless (2015), Bona Fide (2017), Supreme (2019), and Chapters of Love (2021). Vaughn racked up four Billboard #1 hits between his albums and 8 #1s overall as a feature on various artists’ songs. Vaughn has toured across the U.S., playing at some of the largest jazz festivals. In addition, he has performed abroad in places like Dubai, South Africa, Nigeria, Nairobi, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Vaughn takes pride in writing and producing almost all his music, saying, “I want to be known as a great writer and producer just as much as an artist.”

In 2020 Vaughn was the #2 Artist of the year and had the #2 and #17 Billboard songs of the year, “Afro Calypso” and “Afternoon Delight.” His latest independent release, titled “SOLO” is slated to be his best work to date. As Vaughn’s recording catalog continues to grow, he hopes to continue to redefine the lead bassist role in the smooth jazz genre.



Shableek has been playing the saxophone for 25 years and his musical background stems from a gospel foundation that began in the Pentecostal Church. He has a very unique style which consists of many genres of music. His soulful and melodic sound personifies the many experiences and obstacles he has faced. Shableek’s music has been his escape from the many scars of life.

He was raised during the 70’s culture of R&B music. This background, along with his traditional and contemporary jazz studies, created his unique style. The term, ‘Bleek’, in Shan’s stage name, ‘Shableek,’ was derived from the movie, ‘mo Better Blues’. Music is Shableek’s breath of life. He has been hailed as a lead singer on his instrument as audiences are mesmerized by his ability to emulate the nuances of a human voice through his instruments. He plays the alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, and all three instruments are played with passion & soul.

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