By Larry Taylor/Garden Grove Journal
Jane Monheit and John Pizzarelli, two of today’s most exciting vocalists, joined forces last week to open the 2012-2013 Jazz and Cabaret series. Concerts are scheduled in both the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and the intimate Samueli Theater, with tables and service.
The cabaret slate kicks off, Oct.27, with Michael Feinstein’s Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra, at the Concert Hall. Singer Feinstein makes his first visit to the Center in more than 15 years. Backed by a 17-piece band, he will sing songs that were written exclusively for Sinatra, some never recorded.
Following, on Nov. 24, the Ahmad Jamal Quartet makes its center debut., also in the Concert Hall. He has been inspiring fellow musicians for decades with his stylistic interpretations which include his hit version of “Poinciana.”
Ninety Miles, the Cuban group plays, Dec. 14-15, in the smaller Samueli Theater. Three of America’s rising talents are joined by special guest artists for a sizzling exploration of the Cuban influence on jazz. Featuring all stars Stefon Harris, vibes; Nicholas Payton, trumpet; David Sanchez, saxophones; Edward Simon, piano; Luques Curtis, bass; Henry Cole, drums; and Maracio Herrera, congas
The all-star band, from the recent Monterey Jazz Festival, is scheduled in the Concert Hall, Jan. 13, featuring DeeDee Bridgewater, vocal; Christian McBride, bass; Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpeter; Chris Potter, sax; Benny Green, piano; and Lewis Nash, drums. Monterey is synonymous with jazz and the 55th Anniversary tour celebrates the Festival’s legacy of expanding the boundaries of live jazz.
Cabaret singer Lea Salonga, appears, Jan. 19, at Concert Hall. With her sumptuous soprano, Salonga has earned a legion of fans since bursting onto the international theater scene as the title character in Miss Saigon.
Blues are the focus, March 13 in the Concert Hall , with today’s most successful blues band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, headlining this tribute to two blues legends, Muddy Waters and Howelin’ Wolf. Featured are James Cotton, Jody Williams, Bob Margolin and JJ Grey.
Singers Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, come in, Feb, 14-16, at Samueli Theater. For this special Valentine’s engagement, “Broadway’s Golden Couple” shares the story of their courtship and romance, all by using their favorite songs and show tunes.
Barbara Cook’s 85th Birthday Concert. April 13, at the Concert Hall. The one-and-only Cook returns to the Center with a few talented friends for a milestone event, her 85th birthday.
Singer Betty Buckley comes in May 16–18, at Samuel Theater. The Tony winner and TV star has spent her life bringing joy to others on one stage or another.
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