Archive: Summer Jazz Café 2015
Summer Jazz Cafe at Two River Theater
July 10th & July 11th, 2015 | Tony DeSare Quartet
Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.
Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, along with several broadcast commercials.
DeSare’s forthcoming appearances include the Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Arizona Music Festival, The Smith Center in Las Vegas and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify.
July 17th & July 18th, 2015 | Charenee Wade & Group “Tribute to Billie Holiday” |
Charenee Wade has the resume of a top-flight classic jazz singer. She came in 2nd place in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition. She’s a regular presence at Jazz at Lincoln Center, navigating the classic songbook with ease. She’s recorded with hard-swinging jazz stalwarts like bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Eric Reed. And, she teaches at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, passing on the tradition to a new generation of musicians.
But even with this traditional grounding, Wade is by no means a straight-laced jazz traditionalist. Instead, she uses her jazz background to explore a whole range of modern music.
July 24th & July 25th, 2015 | Jazz Legend Bucky Pizzarelli with Ed Laub & Special Guest Dag Markhus |
Bucky Pizzarelli has enjoyed a career in jazz and popular music that spans over a half a century and includes associations with several music legends including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Benny Goodman, and Doc Severinson. Pizzarelli is a master of the seven string guitar. He is part of an exclusive club that plays that particular guitar. Other members include George Van Eps and Pizzarelli’s son John.
When it comes to swinging jazz, one would be hard pressed to find a better musician with more history than Bucky Pizzarelli. Quite simply he has done it all. He has backed most of the great singers of his time including Sinatra, Bennett, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, and in recent years his son John, who is becoming a major star in his own right. Besides high profile TV appearances as a member of the Tonight Show Orchestra, Bucky Pizzarelli has played on several film soundtracks including the recent Woody Allen films “Sweet and Lowdown” and “Mighty Aphrodite”.
He has collaborated with several immortal jazz instrumentalists like Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Ray Brown, and Doc Severinson, and is he has exerted an important influence on many of the top jazz guitarists of the present including Gene Bertoncini, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, and of course his son John. Bucky Pizzarelli has played every kind of venue imaginable including all the major jazz festivals worldwide and at the White House in Washington DC.
July 31st, 2015 | Trumpet Phenom Jon Faddis & Quartet | ONE NIGHT ONLY |
Known for having an extraordinary and virtually unparalleled range, Faddis has complete mastery over the trumpet. He evokes the voices of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, and, of course, Gillespie, all while remaining true to his own. Jon Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. Time Out New York praises Faddis as “the world’s greatest trumpeter … brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity.”
Jon Faddis was born in Oakland, California on July 24, 1953, and began playing the trumpet at the age of eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Jon Faddis has become known throughout the world as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. He has an unfailing commitment to the education of young musicians and frequently conducts clinics and master classes to help the next generation of jazz musicians.
Saturday August 1, 2015 | Jazz Arts Academy Summer Showcase! |
This very special event will showcase our own “jazz lions” in what promises to be an impressive and inspiring opening set. These talented middle school and high school musicians, hailing from all over the region, have just completed a one-week intensive summer course focusing on Jazz improvisation, ensemble playing and jazz history.
Information on previous summers: