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Jazz lecture and happy hour with critically acclaimed group Impromp2


September 19, 2007

Impromp2 is a world apart from other musical groups in terms of their artistic vision. Through their uplifting song, “You’re a Queen,” Johnny “Johnny B” Britt and Sean “Sean E. Mac” Thomas refute demeaning stereotypes cast on women through the music industry.

The duo will bring their vision to the third free ASU Downtown Phoenix campus Jazz Lecture Series on Oct. 10. ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus, in conjunction with the Phoenix Brain Team and NxTHorizon.com, are sponsors of the lecture and subsequent happy hour at noon and 5 p.m. on Oct. 10. 

Since the release of their 1995 album, “You’re Gonna Love It,” Impromp2 has gained a worldwide fan base of people who see beauty in the memorably smooth music that defines the duo’s sound. Three albums later, they have crafted a new musical set called IT IS WHAT IT IS that will truly entertain their many listeners through exciting collaborations with artists like George Duke, Marcus Miller and Boney James. 

 After spending three years as a musical director for The Temptations and singing background vocals and trumpet for performers such as Luther Vandross and Maxwell, Johnny found his musical match in Sean Thomas, who along with his brother, had formed the group Rappinstine of the Ruthless Records label. 

After forming Impromp2, the duo became one of the first to be signed to the well-known MoJazz record label before quickly proving themselves with their radio hits like 1995’s “Enjoy Yourself” and "Summer Nights".

After their sophomore release, Can’t Get Enough, the duo performed for various audiences including President Bill Clinton at the White House and attendees of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. They have also performed at the Essence Music Festival and Magic Johnson’s Mardi Gras Celebration. 

The free events happen from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Herberger Theater Stage West, 222 E. Monroe St. Happy hour with Impromp2 begins at 5 p.m.  RSVP for the happy hour only at RSVP@nxthorizon.com.