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See Sophisticated Ladies As Jazz Meets Theatre
Checked out MusicalFare Theatre production of Sophisticated Ladies. A fine production - one that should be looked at as a musical revue of Duke Ellington as opposed to a traditional musical play. Strong female vocals throughout by Zoe Scruggs, Annette Christian, Katy Miner, and Cecelia Barron. Barron has matured into a beautiful presence on the stage with her singing, dancing, comedic, and acting capabilities. Dudney Joseph Jr. also has matured into a dynamic presence on the stage over the years with his vocals, acting, and light on the feet movements. London Lee and Ben Michael Moran round out a cast offering one Ellington hit after another with inventive choreography by John Fredo. The music direction of George Caldwell was fast paced and timing on the mark with each song entrance. Drummer Rodney Harper was in the rightful place of front and center - great chops and impeccable pacing - needed for a show like this. John Hasselback shined on trombone and his sound towered on top of songs in a way that gave the Ellington big band feel despite just 6-pieces. Ellington fans should check it out. Expect to hear a musical revue with all the familiar Ellington tunes like A Train, Solitude, Cotton Tail, Satin Doll, and of course Sophisticated Ladies. Jazz Meets Theatre At Its Finest.
Go here for tickets: Sophisticated Ladies https://musicalfare.com/page/season/
Norman Conners (You Are My Starship) Makes Appearance on Wednesday, January 15th at 8:00 pm at the Groove Lounge
How many remember the iconic Norman Conners? The jazz fusion wonder from the 1970’s makes an appearance here in Buffalo at the Groove Lounge as part of a 40th-anniversary tour. See poster for ticket details. Many of us, no doubt, wore out our copies of the famous You Are My Starship album:
Nat King Cole Tribute At The BPO
The dynamic vocalist Denzel Sinclaire will be making an appearance at the BPO on Saturday, March 4th at 8 pm. Sinclaire will be performing an unforgettable tribute to the great Nat King Cole as part of the Key Bank Pop Series. Kleinhans and the BPO have partnered with JazzBuffalo to offer the JazzBuffalo Community a special discount promo code. Use the promo code of JAZZBPO (online or by phone) to receive a $5 discount off of the ticket prices. (To be part of JazzBuffalo Community, please sign up for emails of Jazz In Town. You will automatically be part of the JazzBuffalo Community and be on the lookout for further promo code opportunities in emails. See below.) Go here for your tickets: Nat King Cole Tribute. Here is a clip of Sinclaire performing a Nat King Cole sung tune, Orange Colored Sky:
The JazzBuffalo Community Is An Open Community
As many of you know, JazzBuffalo was created as part of the Greater Buffalo Jazz Society. Our mission is to build jazz awareness and appreciation in Greater Buffalo by making it possible to create opportunities for venues, musicians, and audiences to experience jazz. We are taking a community approach as opposed to the traditional membership approach. By signing up for the JazzBuffalo email distribution, you will automatically be a part of the community. And, the community will be emailed future opportunities to receive discounts and other generous offerings that enable people to experience jazz. Such as the BPO discount offering to the JazzBuffalo Community mentioned above. Some of these offerings will be exclusively by email only. Enriching the fabric of the Greater Buffalo Arts and Cultural Scene. If you have not signed up for emails, do so and become part of the JazzBuffalo Community today! Sign up today for the JazzBuffalo emails and automatically become part of the JazzBuffalo Community here: JazzBuffalo Community and Email Sign-Up
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