Allan Harris: Kate’s Soul Food

SMDCAC Presents

Allan Harris: Kate’s Soul Food

Allan Harris debuts Open Up, a song from Kate's Soulfood (CD Release on Love Productions Records)


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$60 Two Seat Table Pod; $110 Four Seat Table Pod

Allan Harris performs song from his highly anticipated new recording, recently selected by the Denver organization “Pathways to Jazz” as the 2019 recipient of their annual jazz grant.  This album, entitled “Kate’s Soul Food” is slated for a 2021 release. Featuring all original songs penned by Harris, it highlights his uniquely soulful jazz and blues influences by paying homage to his Aunt Kate who’s restaurant “Kate’s Home Cooking” located near the Apollo Theater, was where the Apollo performers dined when they were in Harlem.

This restaurant was a huge influence on Harris’ childhood where he spent Sunday afternoons at the matinees dining among celebrities like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.  In fact, it was so popular that Jimmy Smith featured it on his 1959 album Home Cookin’.  In composing the new songs for this recording, Harris also pays homage to the two other women in his life, his mother who was a classical pianist and his other Aunt Phoebe who was a blues singer produced by the famed African American record producer, Clarence Williams.  They fell in love and had a child together…but the project was never completed because of his sudden death.  These women inspired Harris to become a musician and this album honors them and others who have influenced him in his life.

Allan Harris - vocals/guitar
Arcoiris Sandoval - piano/keys
Shirazette Tinnin-drums
Marty Kenney-bass

Run time:75 minutes | No intermission

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This performance is made possible with the support of Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Please note: Your ticket provides you with a seating "pod". Depending on your purchase, it will be either a two or four seat pod with a cocktail table. No one from outside your group will be seated at your table. 

Recommended for ages 13 and up. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket, regardless of age. Outside food & beverage are not allowed into the venue. Strollers are not permitted inside the auditorium. 

PLEASE NOTE:  All summer programs through September 2021 are being sold implementing socially distant indoor seating. We require anyone not included in your ticket purchase to be located 3’ apart from your seats. CDC guidelines recommend all unvaccinated people continue to wear face coverings when attending indoor events at all times.  SMDCAC appreciates and recommends, for the safety of our guests and staff, that ALL patrons wear face coverings when attending our events. Should the guidelines change with regard to social distancing or mask wearing prior to the scheduled performance, to allow for reduced separation of audience, the venue retains the right to sell additional seats within the 3’ parameter in accordance with updated or rescinded guidelines. We will notify ticket holders via email should any changes occur.

The following additional measures are being taken for your safety and the safety of our staff:

  • Reduced audience capacity
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been located at all entryways, and high traffic areas
  • Floor marking to assist in maintaining social distancing
  • Staff training conducted in advance on CDC, and Miami-Dade County Covid-19 related protocols and procedures
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures including disinfecting all high touch surfaces
  • Touchless faucets, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers have been installed where possible
  • Open lid garbage and recycle bins are in place
  • Temporary reduction or elimination of concessions

Please call the SMDCAC Box Office (786-573-5300) after 12 p.m. the day of the performance to confirm if rescheduling is necessary.

In the event that the Center must cancel this event, the following options will be available to patrons:

  • Receive a refund
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Updated as of 7/2/21

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