|Musical Theatre, Comedy, Theater, Special Attractions, Tributes and Nostalgia|
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|Jazz, Blues, Gospel and Swing|
|Classical and Chamber|
|Family and Kids' Shows|
» Banu Gibson
Banu Gibson and The New Orleans Hot Jazz have performed at The Hollywood Bowl twice and were a star attraction with the Boston Pops for their millennium New Years Eve. Banu is one of the best entertainers and singers around. An evening with Banu and her band features songs by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and George Gershwin.
» Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio
Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of this group's sound are the band's sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures.
» Chicago Brass Quintet
As Chicagos original brass quintet, these five virtuosi possess the technical and musical mastery needed to perform music of all periods and styles with equal aplomb. The Chicago Brass Quintet brings style, grace, dazzling technique and humor to every performance. "Virtuoso Brass" - the music of Vivaldi, Bach, DeFalla, Ewazen and Copland. "Brass & Gospel" - joined by the Brown Singers Gospel Quintet for an evening of traditional American and gospel music with brass. "Brass & Organ" - the quintet joins forces with organist Paul Vander Weele in works by Stanley, Purcell, Strauss, Widor, Vienre and McCabe. "A Night in London" - featuring music of The Beatles, Manhattan Transfer, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Handel, William Boyce, Gustav Holst and more.
» Dave Bennett's, "Benny Goodman Salute"
Dave Bennett's, "Benny Goodman Salute" and "Clarinet Swing Kings" Only "twenty-something!" (born 1984)… Dave with his All-Star Septet play Goodman's big hits and "swing-era" classics: Moonglow, I've Got Rhythm, Body and Soul, Slipped Disc, Sing, Sing, Sing and many others. Dave Bennett is a jaw dropping clarinet prodigy who brings to life the music of "The King of Swing" with incredible technique, expression and sensitivity. Vocals made famous by such Goodman singers as Peggy Lee and Helen Forrest are brought to life by jazz singer, Carol McCartney
» James Dapogny
James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band is small band swing at its most stylish. Specializing in authentic and spirited classic jazz, music from the first 50 years of jazz history, Dapogny's band plays turn-of-the-century ragtime, New Orleans and Chicago Jazz of the 1920s, and small-band swing of the 1930s and early '40s. Dapogny's tasteful arrangements, combined with James' dry sense of humor make for an evening of great fun.
» Marcus Belgrave
Marcus Belgrave is Detroit's internationally recognized jazz trumpet great. He is acclaimed not only for his great technical virtuosity, soulful tone and seemingly limitless improvisational creativity, but also for an on stage persona that exudes warmth and joy in music making. An original member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, his performances of Louis Armstrong's trumpet classics follow the general stylistic shape of the jazz legend's approach, with a personalized "Belgrave" interpretation and nuance. As a singer, Belgrave's low and gravelly voice exudes a "Satchmo-like" quality that comes naturally, evoking Armstrong's sound, spirit and warmth with uncanny ease. Vocalist, Joan Bow, captures the spirit of the many singers that Louis Armstrong worked with such as, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday.
» Michael Andrew and Swingerhead
Led by band leader-singer-songwriter Michael Andrew, these cats are making people swing! The dynamic show mesh 50's kitsch with the raw energy of the 90's club scene from Florida, California and New York, combining tunes from Frank Sinatra and others with originals. Catch Michael soon starring on Broadway in The Nutty Professor!
» Straight Ahead
"Blues Women in the Twentieth Century" showcases all the great ladies of blues such as Mahalia, Billie, Aretha and many more with historical information and humor. Straight Ahead also perform their signature concert which combines all the elements of jazz into their own blend of traditional, transitional and contemporary jazz. These five women, widely recognized for their eclectic and soulful approach to creating music, move their sound comfortably from mainstream jazz to R&B ballads, avant-garde to Brazilian funk. Their live performances are a joyful celebration.
» Swing Sisters
The Swing Sisters in "The Fabulous '40s Patriotic Tribute Show" takes you back to the feelings and euphoria of being at a USO Show in the 1940's. Their beautiful harmonies and choreography take their audiences along with them through humorous and fun-filled antics.