A while ago, the Charlottesville Jazz Society invited me to perform for their “Artist/Educator” series, a monthly event in which local musicians share their music and experiences. The invitation surprised me a little bit, because I don’t consider myself a jazz singer. However, the guys I play with are all jazzmen and what we do together is an effort to highlight the French influence on the American Songbook. Our show, titled “From Piaf to Porter”, contains old and more contemporary tunes that have become popular on both sides of the ocean. Songs that cross generations and continue to appeal to a large audience.
The meaning of jazz is open to many interpretations and I don’t want to enter that debate with a pretense of having something to add. But I know that jazz fans by nature have a flexible ear and open mind to different styles of music. Therefore, I am actually honored by CJS’s invitation and look forward to showcasing what we did in France and the Netherlands during our first and highly rewarding tour last month. I hope many will come to the Tin Whistle and help the Charlottesville Jazz Society continue to broaden its foot print in this town.
"From Piaf to Porter", with Bob Bowen on bass, Gérard Brikkenaar van Dijk on piano, Matty Metcalfe on accordion and Rick Olivarez on guitar
Charlottesville Jazz Society Artist/Educator Performance
Tin Whistle Pub
609 E Market St, Charlottesville
Monday, May 23 from 7 - 8.30
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