Friday Night Jazz
6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. | $22 ($12 members, children under 12: Free) | Wine served
What a Difference a Song Makes: Dinah Washington
Bringing songs to life came naturally to Dinah Washington, a chanteuse of mending and breaking hearts. Join Michal Beckham as we pay tribute to Women’s History Month through Washington’s music, including “What a Difference a Day Makes,” “Teach Me Tonight,” and “This Bitter Earth.”
What’s Going On? The Songs of Marvin Gaye
Join the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and vocalist Roy Richardson as they take us down memory lane with some of Marvin Gaye’s most memorable hits, from the smooth urban groove of “Inner City Blues,” to the socially conscious “What’s Goin’ On,” to the erotically medicinal “Sexual Healing.”
My Funny Valentine: A Jazzy Kind of Love
Love blooms in a jazzy way as vocalist Suzanne Burgess croons the songs that make people fall in love—over and over again. Songs will include “My Funny Valentine,” “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You,” “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “My Romance,” and other sentimental favorites.
What the World Needs Now: Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick
Enjoy an evening of music by composer Burt Bacharach and vocalist Dionne Warwick, including legendary songs like “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk on By,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “Alfie,” “What the World Needs Now,” and more.
Guess Who We Saw Today: The Classy Stylings of Nancy Wilson
Vocalist Tonya Lynette takes us on a journey through the songbook of one of jazz’s most swingingly elegant singers: Nancy Wilson. Songs will include her classic “Guess Who I Saw Today,” “Don’t Ask My Neighbors,” “The Masquerade Is Over,” “Happy Talk,” and more.
The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble’s Greatest Hits
The band that plays everything from John Coltrane to Jimi Hendrix has accumulated a solid repertoire of songs that have become popular requests among audiences locally and abroad. Join Arpeggio as they perform such favorites as “Black Cherry,” “Butter,” “Le-Le,” “Blue Bishop,” and others. Timoney Knox, LLP is the generous sponsor for this evening’s performance.
Speakeasy: Jazzy Songbirds in the Jazz Age
Vocalist Sherry Butler takes us back to the 1920s, when the ladies of jazz took chances with their music and their lifestyles. The music of vocal pioneers Josephine Baker, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, and others is featured in this program of lively, bluesy tunes like “Back Water Blues,” “Stormy Weather,” “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” and “Homeless Blues.”
Turn the Jazz On: TV and Cartoons
Join the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble for a fun-filled musical evening with jazzy renditions of music from your favorite TV shows and cartoons. We’ll revisit the early days of Mickey Mouse with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra and Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn. Hear jazz versions of Tom and Jerry’s “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” along with the themes from Mighty Mouse, Mission Impossible, The Untouchables, Sesame Street, Popeye, The Flintstones, Spider-Man,and more.
The Return of the Jazzy Divas
Enjoy vocalists Lauren Lark, Pat Scott, Lisa Chavous, and Michal Beckham with their renditions of “Nature Boy,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” “Stormy Monday,” “Misty,” and other favorites of the great divas from Billie Holiday to Nancy Wilson.
Chet Baker, The Other Bad Boy of Trumpet
The moody, brightly dark sounds of the enigmatic trumpet stylist of the 1950s and ’60s will be brought to life by trumpeter Josh Lawrence along with the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. Enjoy Chet Baker favorites like “My Funny Valentine,” “Chetty’s Lullaby,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and other introspective but passionate songs of a lost man trying to find his way.
Michael Jackson: A “Thriller” Night
The “King of Pop”, Jackson was a truly universal artist whose music crisscrossed categories, colors, continents, and ages. Join vocalist Roy Richardson as he navigates Jackson’s career, starting with his early days with the Jackson 5.
Nina Simone: High Priestess of Soul
Vocalist Tonya Lynette brings to life the edgy and hypnotic style of Nina Simone performing songs like “Four Women,” “I Remember You,” and others.
Jammin’ Jazz Piano
Join us as we end this season with one of the great traditions of jazz: the jam session! Pianists Adam Faulk and Jeff Knoettner will play classic tunes like Count Basie’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t,” and Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.” Musicians in the audience will be invited to jam with the band.