Barbara Carroll with Jay Leonhart
Barbara Carroll is an elegant pianist, composer and vocalist long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano and expressive vocals. Her inventive piano playing and totally unique vocal sound leads her into transforming any composition into her own art with her trade-mark emotional directness and respect for the tune, its lyrics and it’s many possibilities.
Barbara will be accompanied by the witty and superior jazz bassist Jay Leonhart who has been called the Fred Astaire of Jazz by LA Times jazz critic Don Heckman.
Bria Skonberg, Ken Peplowski
Originally from Western Canada, Bria Skonberg is a trumpeter, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader taking New York by storm with her “red-hot” trumpet playing and “soul sultry and innocent sweet” voice.
Writing in the The Wall Street Journal author and jazz critic Will Friedwald had this to say “…Bria Skonberg looks like a Scandinavian angel…plays trumpet like a red hot devil and sings like a dream…”
Ken Peplowski’s virtuosity – not only is he an outstanding clarinetist and saxophone player, but he’s also a charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years with his warmth, wit, and musicianship. The late Mel Torme´said, “Since the advent of Benny Goodman,there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left.
Harlem Blues and Jazz Band
Joey Morant-Trumpet, Fred Staton-Tenor Saxophone, Art Baron-Trombone, Zeke Mullins-Piano, Jackie Williams-Drums,
Bill Wurtzel-Guitar, and Michael Max Fleming-Bass
Special guests will include pianist Ehud Asherie, 22 year old sax phenon Steven Frieder and current Basie Band drummer Marion Felder
The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band Founded in 1973 by King Oliver’s trombonist/blues singer Clyde Berhardt and jazz aficionado Al Vollmer, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band has as its main concept to keep significant side-men of the Classic Jazz Period working and not forgotten. The continued quality of this group has caused the band to be declared a National Treasure and one of the most authentic Swing Bands playing today. A very special highlight for the 40th anniversary will be the saxophonist Fred Staton (the brother of Dakota Staton) will celebrate his 98th birthday.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ SHOWS
Thursday, March 14th, 2013 – 8pm
Artie Shaw with Strings
The Anderson Twins with 25 piece orchestra
Benny Goodman Combos
Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Kenny Washington,
Ehud Asherie, Peter Anderson, Will Anderson
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 – 8pm
Salute to George Wein
Ron Carter, Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, Jay Leonhart, Lewis Nash, Lew Tabackin
Guest of Honor: George Wein